• New Berlin Business Office Opens in NYC

  • Berlin Delegation Visits NYC and Boston

  • Apprenticeship Program Launched with New Jersey

  • Startup NRW Program Promotes Entrepreneurial Successes

  • UN Procurement Seminar Slated for October
Berlin Business Offices Opens in New York City
To facilitate closer cooperation and make it easier for Berlin-based companies to enter the US, Berlin's Mayor and Senator for Economics, Energy and Business Ramona Pop announced the opening of the Berlin Business Office in New York City on September 17. The announcement coincided with the visit of an economic delegation from Berlin to the US, organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY).

"Especially during these uncertain times, we want to strengthen the ties between the US and Germany,” Senator Pop said. “The Berlin Business Office intends to attract American companies and investors to Berlin as well as support Berlin-based companies in establishing business relationships in the USA.”

The Berlin Business Office is headed by Kristina L. Garcia and is located within the GACC NY office complex at 80 Pine Street, in the heart of New York's Financial District. Kristina was newly hired for the position and comes with a long career working at German organizations to promote transatlantic commerce.

Pictured above from left:
  • Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO Berlin Partner for Business and Technlology, GmbH
  • James Patchett, President & CEO, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)
  • Ramona Pop, Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economics, Energy & Public Enterprises
  • Dr. Beatrice Kramm, President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Berlin (CCI / IHK)
  • Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and Chairman of the Board, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY)
  • Kristina L. Garcia, Head of Berlin Business Office in NYC

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Berlin Business Delegation Visits Innovation Centers in NYC and Boston
A high-ranking business delegation from Berlin spearheaded by Mayor and Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Ramona Pop, visited New York City and Boston.

Highlights for the 50 delegates during the trip included the opening of the Berlin Business Office in NYC, the New York-Berlin Business Forum on September 16, 2019 and visits to innovative companies and institutions in New York City and Boston.

Delegation participants visited landmarks and institutions, including: New Lab, Hudson Yards, the Microsoft Flagship Store in New York and MIT.nano, as well as IBM Watson Health in Boston.

The delegation trip had two focus areas: Urban Tech/Mobility and Health Care. The Health Care group visited institutions like Johnson & Johnson’s JLab, Biolabs, Pfizer, Genome Center and Lab Central. Similarly, the Urban Tech and Mobility group met with Via, MTA Transit Tech Lab, NYSERDA, Google and the MIT Senseable City Lab.

Apart from offering myriad networking opportunities with American decision makers in key sectors, the delegation trip was very successful in laying the groundwork for the new Berlin Business Office, headed by Kristina L. Garcia .  
GACC NY Launches Apprenticeship Program with NJ
The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) in partnership with the New Jersey Apprenticeship Network announced the launch of a joint apprenticeship program, which kicked off on August 22 with the support of partners in industry, academics and government.

With the support from local host companies and college partners, (Bäumer of America, Arconic, County College of Morris and Essex County College) the GACC NY celebrated the launch with a conference and apprentice signing ceremony, hosted at Montclair State University. Governor Murphy joined the event as the Keynote speaker and shared some exciting updates on the progress, which is being made throughout the state. 

“Even before I was governor, I talked about the need to bring this to New Jersey and have business leaders, government officials and our higher ed community lead the way in growing our middle class and reigniting our innovation economy," Govenor Murphy said.

“Our overarching goal is for New Jersey to have the nation’s best apprenticeship program; a model that other states can look to with envy … and make them look towards New Jersey the same way we look towards our friends in Germany.

The robust 3-year training program will blend on-the-job learning with debt-free Associates Degree studies culminating in industry-recognized certifications as well as US DOL and German Registered Apprenticeship Certificates.  

The GACC Apprenticeship NJ Launch is a part of the "Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), highlighting the decades long relationship grounded in common values, interests and goals. To learn more about Deutschlandjahr USA visit:  https://wunderbartogether.org/  

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Train the Trainer Program: A Useful Complement to Any Skills Initiatives!
With all of the news highlighting apprenticeship efforts in New Jersey, the GACC has committed to supporting the success of the community of partners that is emerging. In addition to hosting its own USDOL (US Dept of Labor) Registered apprenticeship program, showcasing the German dual-education system in the state, the Chamber is offering elements from that program to the wider network to enable consistent quality of training and outcomes for apprentices from all industries and regions.

As we have engaged with the various host companies, sponsors and educators, a consistent need has emerged for skilled trainers. The USDOL requires that apprenticeship host companies formalize their training plans, but it’s up to the company to structure the actual training. Some larger companies turn to their in-house training departments to align the apprenticeship to their existing programs. Others turn to standardized programs for their industries. Some might send a trainer to a leadership seminar. And others might simply assign the role of trainer without any guidance.

Robert Bock Jr. from Our House, Inc., an organization that supports meaningful lives for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, became a trainer:

“The skills I learned in Train the Trainer have been very beneficial to both my company and for my own professional development as a trainer. I use the skills I learned from the course to teach staff more effectively. which in turn helps staff support our clients more effectively.  "

Our next Train the Trainer seminar will take place this November, and we will be opening multiple new sessions in 2020. To learn more about the upcoming seminars, visit our website or contact us at apprenticeship@gaccny.com .

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Fifth Consecutive Startup NRW Program Promotes Entrepreneurial Successes
I n September, GACCNY proudly partnered with IHK Düsseldorf for the fifth consecutive time on the Startup North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Entrepreneurship Program (STEP USA).

As part of this program, ambitious entrepreneurs and innovative companies are brought together with an incredible set of mentors, investors and serial founders to develop strategies on how to enter, raise funds and scale in the US market. The startups were selected through a competitive process and ranged from MedTech and BioTech to SaaS and SportsTech.

During the program, the companies were inspired by site visits to some of the world’s leading technology and innovation hubs. In their first three days in NYC, the teams immersed themselves in workshops covering the fundamentals of scaling and raising capital in the US, legal and immigration issues, growth and marketing and lots of one-on-one mentoring time. The companies also pitched their products to an audience and panel of investors at the amazing SAP space in Hudson Yards with breathtaking views of Manhattan.

The last 2 days of the program were spent in Boston, with highlights of the trip including b visits to MIT.nano Labs, Techstars, Venture Lane, German Accelerator and fire side chats with founders and entrepreneurs.
One of the GACC NY's recent new members, PRODYNA SE, opened a new business location in New York City in August to meet the growing demand of digital business transformations and to increase the geographical proximity to local customers and partners.

Driven by the recent cloud developments, the IT branch is undergoing a tremendous shift in how companies build and run software, pushing existing processes and architectures to their limits. Speed, agility, and scalability are key for businesses to succeed within the digital space.

Resonating with the strategic growth targets of PRODYNA, its NYC location will reinforce the company’s business activities and offer new opportunities for more exciting projects. The new office will receive team support from the already established European locations.

PRODYNA SE is an innovative IT consultancy and leader in cloud native technologies, specialized in developing complex and customer-specific software solutions. Alongside the new business location in the United States, PRODYNA is represented with around 360 employees within the major European commercial regions including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Great Britain as well as with two nearshore locations in Serbia and Greece. For further information, please visit www.prodyna.com
UN Procurement Seminar Slated for October
In 2018 the total UN procurement volume exceeded $18 billion. Every other year, the GACC NY teams up with the German Mission to the UN to offer a seminar October 23 -24 exclusively designed for German companies on UN procurement processes.

The 2019 seminar will provide German companies the rare opportunity to connect with UN Procurement staff in one-on-one meetings and build unique business relationships with the participating UN organizations.

The seminar will highlight procurement from the following New York-based UN organizations: UNPD, UNDP, UNICEF and UNOPS . These are four of the 10 largest UN agencies by procurement volume which represent nearly 49% of overall procurement.

Click HERE for details & registration
US Music Industry Execs Attend Europe's Largest Music Fair & Conference: Reeperbahn Festival
Twenty US executives, multipliers and buyers from the recorded music industry traveled to Germany from September 16-20 to participate in Europe's largest Music Festival & Conference: Reeperbahn Festival , Hamburg .
As part of the market entry program for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the US-delegation met with German stakeholders and experts in the music industry for an in-depth look into live events, distribution, marketing, artist management and international collaboration opportunities.

Prior to the festival, the delegation participated in the "Berlin Experience" , where they met innovative companies, international organizations and high-level executives in Germany's most vibrant city.

The participants then attended the "Reeperbahn Festival 2019" where they experienced panel talks, live acts, award shows and networking events throughout the week and got to meet with Europe's up and coming stars in the music industry.

As part of the program the GACC NY hosted German American Music Industry Symposium on Wednesday, September 16th in Hamburg’s East Hotel. 
Upcoming Events
Please click HERE for a full list of GACC NY events!
Job Market
The GACC NY supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the US through posted job advertisements.

The GACC NY is currently looking for: 
  • 12-month internship at Trade Show Services NY
  • Project Manager at Trade Show Services NY
  • 6-month internship in Recruitment and J-1 Visa Services

Our clients are looking to fill the following positions:
  • Internship or trainee with Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development
  • 3-month Internship at Germany Trade & Invest
Details on these listings can be found at  www.gacctalentnetwork.com .
GACC NY 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  visa@gaccny.com  and visit our website at  www.go-j1.com .
Trade Shows
IFAT 2020 , the World's Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies, is coming up May 4-8, 2020 in Munich, Germany . This is your opportunity to showcase your company, products, and services to the international market. Become an exhibitor at IFAT 2020 where innovative products and services reach an audience of more than 142,400 industry professionals . Join over 3,300 exhibitors and expand your business while exhibiting at IFAT 2020. Use this opportunity and apply today!

We look forward to welcoming you in Munich !

For more information, please contact Dijana Baljidemic .
Leo Baeck Institute to Honor Harvard Law Professor Martha Minow
Renowned human rights expert Professor Martha Minow will be honored at this year's Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) Annual Award Ceremony, on November 19 in New York.

Professor Minow is being recognized for her work in improving the treatment of racial and religious minorities throughout the world, including women and children.

Among her many accomplishments are having served on the  Independent International Commission on Kosovo . She also helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies.

LBI is a research library and archive dedicated to preserving the history, culture and traditions of German-speaking Jews. It was founded in 1955 by leading German-Jewish émigré intellectuals.

Click HERE for details about the event and sponsorship opportunities.
Munich on the East River Festival Now in Full Swing
Zum Schneider, the original Bavarian Bierhaus in NYC , once again presents Munich on the East River , a fun-filled and traditional München Oktoberfest experience, September 27 through October 6 . This marks the sixth year for the annual event, which honors the age old traditions of Oktoberfest typically celebrated in Munich for more than 200 years.

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