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GACC Helps Apprenticeship Programs Gain Steam in NJ

On July 19, the German American Chamber of Commerce hosted the New Jersey Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Roundtable in partnership with the New Jersey Office of the Governor and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  With more than 40 participants in attendance, this event marks the launch of New Jersey's Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network.

The Roundtable follows on the heels of Governor Phil Murphy's June 8th announcement of the NJ Place Initiative, formed on the model of the German Dual Education system. Governor Murphy is a former US Ambassador to Germany, where he observed the success of the German apprenticeship model first-hand.

The July 19 Roundtable included the critical stakeholders who will be responsible for building the high-quality consortium of workforce training programs New Jersey needs.  Industries represented included BASF, Linde, Wurth, Eastern Millwork among many others.   NJIT, NJ Council of County Colleges and NJ Council of Vocational-Technical Schools were among the participating academic partners.  On the government side, New Jersey  clearly showed its support with the participation of the State Secretary of Higher Education, State Chief Academic Officer, Commissioner of Labor, Policy Advisors of the Governor and numerous industry and education specialists.   #Skills #Apprenticeships #DualEdu.

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Deutsche Börse's Venture Newtwork Event
GACC NY partcipated at presentations provided by select  private companies with innovations in fintech, software, e-commerce, infrastructure and digital health - hosted by Edison Group, Deutsche Börse and Baker McKenzie earler this month at Baker McKenzie's office in Midtown Manhattan.

The featured German companies inlcuded: asgoodasnew electronics, GmbH, Cargonexx, Helping, Numares Health, Smatto, Springlane and Teqcycle.

All companies meet the Venture Network's eligibility criteria in terms of growth metrics, and are supported by a sophisticated ecosystem to support young companies and early-stage investments through to exit.

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GACC NY was All 'Green Thumbs' for Annual Community Volunteer Day!

Last month the GAAC NY team of staff and interns participated in their annual community outreach volunteer day. This year's volunteering activity was with  GrowNYC, the sustainability resource to support New Yorkers in improving the city's environment.  #letsgrownyc .

Our GACC NY team hopped on a ferry from downtown Manhattan to historic Governors Island where they applied their gardening skills to GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Gardena 21,000 square foot urban farm that engages, motivates and educates its visitors in all aspects of urban farming.

The GACC NY team spent several hours at the garden:
  • Building garden infrastructure like raised beds, picnic tables and benches
  • Spreading topsoil, mulch or compost
  • Planting flowers, herbs and vegetables
  • Painting garden signs

The exhaustion and dirty hands incurred were well worth it to promote GrowNYC's worthwhile mission!
Eighth Annual Field Study in Germany a Success
The Metropolitan College of New York Student Delegation in Germany. (Photo: Princess Gina)

Seventy-five MBA students from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) participated in the instituion's annual International Field Study Experience in Cologne and Frankfurt this past July. It was an opportunity for the studends to experience firsthand the business, culture and lifestyle of Germany.

The group's trip was launched in NYC with an orientation byThomas Dzimian of the GACC NY, who provided details about the program and some helpful tips on German culture, and Dietmar Rieg, who provided an informative economic briefing.
The trip commenced in Cologne, where the students heard business presentations at PR agencies, toured television studios and attended a lecture at the IHK Köln.
In Frankfurt, the students visited the Frankfurt Economic Development Corporation, listened firsthand to a European journalist from Bloomberg News and enjoyed a spectacular view of the city from the rooftop of the Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen.
The trip proved to be an unforgettable experience for the students and an enrichment of their careers in the field of international business as well as fostering enduringly productive transatlantic relations. According to Assistant Dean of MCNY David Aaron Hahn, more than 90% of the participating students stated that they were either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the experience.

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Sixt Opens New Location in Downtown Manhattan
Our new GACC NY Member Sixt rent-a-car has added a station in downtown New York near Battery Park - a perfect starting point for New Yorkers heading out to popular beach and upstate destinations in the NY tri-state region

This European multinational car rental company - with about 4,000 locations in over 105 countries  - is the largest car rental company in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Israel. The majority of the company (60%) is owned by the Sixt family, who manage the company from headquarters in metropolitan Munich, Germany.
STEP USA slots for the upcoming September programs to New York and Silicon Valley are already fully booked. However, t here are still a few open slots in the STEP USA December program.Visit   or contact

STEP USA is the GACC New York's own Startup & Entrepreneur Program which has taken place 17 times and comprises an impressive number of 210 alumni to date.
Launched in December 2014, the success of the STEP USA program is undeniable: Out of these 210 alumni, 44 German startups founded their own US subsidiaries and are now doing business with American customers regularly. In addition, 23 of these startups were able to secure substantial US venture capital investments.

STEP NYCSuccess Stories

Our STEP NYC alumni exemplify some of the most creative and innovative business that can be found.

Click here  for a look at their success stories. And we  encourage all future alumni to post your achievements with us as well!
International Startup Summit in Frankfurt
September 18

Don't miss out when we invite an exciting crowd of startups, investors and business angels to our  International Startup Summit in cooperation with KPMG Germany.
Twelve startups will get the chance to pitch and win a ticket for the STEP USA program sponsored by KPMG.
A high ranking jury will choose the winner and the party will get started!

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STEP Pitch Night
September 20

W e are proud to welcome our new round of our Startup Entrepreneurship Program in New York City (STEP NYC) - a one-week strategy development and fundraising program supporting promising German technology startups and their expansion to the US. 

On September 20th  t he STEP Pitch Night will feature a selected group of talented and innovative companies that will pitch their company to the audience and a panel of venture capitalist.

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December 2 - 7

Change the way you think about your startup!
Emerge yourself into our 5-day Startup Bootcamp - Meet our community of industry experts, mentors and VCs that will  show you how you can successfully enter the U.S. market! Be prepared for inspiration, moments of success, deep learnings and the excitement of getting to know a whole new world of opportunities!

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Upcoming Events
East Coast Industry Forum 
October 12

Hartford, CT

The German American Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Metro Hartford Alliance, will hold its annual East Coast Industry Forum (ECIF). This year the ECIF will take place in Hartford, CT.

The themes of the ECIF will be Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development. Connecticut is the location for modern manufacturing and innovative industries. As products have become more sophisticated, so have production methods. Factories are evolving into centers for cutting-edge technologies, high-tech informatics and digital solutions. As a result, manufacturers face the need for a new generation of specialized technicians with the skills and savvy to work with advanced processes in today's "smart" factories.

The ECIF will be a platform for representatives of business, government and education in Connecticut to come together and take action on these cutting-edge topics.
EACC Pitch&Mix Retail Tech
September 12

   " Pitch&Mix" events are hosted by the European-American Chambers of commerce to celebrate the EU tech scene, as well as to connect the broad inter-country network in NYC.  Hosted in a unique setting, the hottest European startups are provided a platform to pitch and showcase their latest advances to a mix of tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and young professionals. The events are aimed to spark ideas, conversations and new connections around (the future of) European innovation.

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Diversity & Inclusion: The Aftermath of the #MeToo Movement
and It's Implications for US Subsidiaries of German Companies
September 25

In the past 18 months, conversation about workplace culture in the United States has been shaped by myriad allegations of harassment against well recognized personalities and businesses. While the salacious details have kept social media buzzing, our program will address the allegations and responses that have been the impetus for workplace change, particularly impacting anti-harassment and gender discrimination efforts.

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EACC Fall Networking Boatcruise
September 27

It's that time of year again! The European 
American Chambers of Commerce (EACC) Fall Networking Boat Cruise is coming up. Join us and 350 professionals from all across Europe for a breathtaking  sunset  networking cruise on the Hudson River. Get your tickets now for this prime networking opportunity where you will enjoy a buffet dinner, an open bar and spectacular views while mingling with international executives.

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Roast Goose Gala Dinner & 
Newcomer of the Ye ar Award 2018
November 8

The Award  will be presented to a company that has stood out for its products and services, creative spirit and innovative approach. Each candidate has successfully identified and addressed a need in the US business market while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service as well as strong ties to Germany. This year's Roast Goose Dinner will feature presentations from the jury's top three finalists and announcement of the grand prize winner.

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Enter Your Company in the German American Business Awards 2018
Our next German American Business Awards will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 in Downtown Chicago.

Celebrate your company's excellence by being part of this special signature event and evidence your commitment to the German American business community. Join us (together with your clients or team) for a night of excellence and secure your participation.

Exhibit your innovative product, your unique services, or digital success to the nationwide GACC network and gain visibility as an award winner at the nationally recognized German American Business Awards. An independent jury will choose the winner of each category.

Applications are online now!  The deadline is August 27.

Click here for details and registration.
Job Market
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The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at and visit our website at .

Trade Fairs

The countdown is on and we are getting closer to the No. 1 show for more than 40 years in security and fire prevention. security essen will open its doors from September 25 to 28, 2018 in Essen, Germany.

From fire prevention, cyber security and CCTV to perimeter protection, all industry key players will be in Essen to present and discuss the latest innovations. security essen is Europe's number one trade show for the commercial security market, with over 1,000 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors.

At the Public Security Forum in Hall 8, you can experience digital security technologies for public spaces from the areas of sensors/IoT, cyber security and surveillance. The products and solutions will be installed for testing in different building scenarios. The Cyber Security Conference in Hall 8 topics will focus on cyber security and commercial trade protection and will concentrate on transferring knowledge and exchanging experience. Find out more about the supporting program at security essen 2018.

Save time and purchase your discounted ticket  online now and join us for security essen from September 25-28, 2018.
For more information please contact Ms. Lucia Juelke at the US Representative Office of Messe München at the GACC in New York.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

food & drink technology Africa, Johannesburg    
September 4 - 6, 2018

analytica Anacon India, Hyderabad                     
September 6 - 8, 2018
Security, Essen                                                 
September 25 - 28, 2018
electronica, productronica India, Bangalore         

September 26 - 28, 2018
EXPO REAL, Munich                                         
October 8 - 10, 2018
China Brew China Beverage, Shanghai               
October 23 - 26, 2018
drink technology India, Mumbai                          
October 24 - 26, 2018
electronica, Munich                                            
November 13 - 16, 2018

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