Thanks for Participating in Our GABO Survey!             
We'd like to thank all of you who participated in our annual German American Business Outlook (GABO) survey.  Your input will be quite valuable and insightful in assessing what the business environment is like for German companies operating in the US.

Survey results will be sent to each participating member as soon as they are tabulated These results also will be presented at the GABO conference in NYC on December 11.

Thank you, again, for supporting the GACC's efforts in supporting the German-American business community.
Recent Events

Impressive Array of Startups at Latest STEP NY Session
A capacity crowd at the STEP NYC September Pitch Night.
The GACC welcomed another STEP (Startup and Entrepreneur Program) group this past September in New York City. Ten tech startups with their 18 founders and co-founders joined us September 10 to 15 to explore their potential for business success in the US by meeting venture capital providers, clients, local accelerators and incubators.

During the five-day program, 21 partners provided our STEP participants with: company insights; legal and PR training/strategy sessions; workshops and feedback forums. On September 14, Venture Out joined the GACC in hosting a fully sold out STEP NYC pitch night at Our enthusiastic crowd crowned Tickaroo the pitch night winner, with startups jetlite and AiRelo achieving second and third place respectively.

Other participating startups included: Gigaaa, GrapeAgent, myBlix Software GmbH, q-lipay, ShoptheWall, trusted blogs GmbH and UNIKATOO GmbH & CO.KG.
Kudos to them all!

European Ambassadors Discuss Future of International Business
The GACC NY, together with our partners of the European-American Chamber of Commerce, our sponsor, KPMG and host Thomson Reuters, welcomed the Permanent
Representatives to the United Nations from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom to provide their insights on the most pressing challenges and promising areas of opportunity that face the international business community 2018.

This informative EACC Ambassadorial briefing took place on September 13 at Thomson Reuters in midtown Manhattan.

The Permanent Representatives in attendance included:
Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Belgium
Ambassador Jürgen Schulz, Chargé d'Affairs a.i. of Germany to the United Nations, Germany
Ambassador Roman Oyarzun Marchesi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Spain
Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine
Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Re presentative to the United Nations, United Kingdom

From left: CEO of  the GACC NY Dietmar Rieg; Global Editor of Reuters Rob Cox; German Deputy Ambassador Chargé d'Affairs Jürgen Schulz; Belgian Ambassador Marc Buytswerve; Ukraine Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko; British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft; British American Business Vice Chairman Bob Garrett and British American Business Global Executive Wendy Mendenhall

State of New Jersey Eager to Attract More German Companies

With New Jersey approaching its gubernatorial election on November 7, campaign team members of one of the candidates  recently met with representatives of the GACC NY to discuss ways to enhance relations between the Garden State and Germany and, in particular, identify ways to boost business.

Dan Sommer and Dini Ajmani, who are on the campaign staff of New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, visited our office early September to learn more about German companies and their opinions on New Jersey as a location for their businesses. It's noteworthy that The candidate is a former US Ambassador to Germany, a role which may have provided him with valuable experience and a greater appreciation for promoting good German American business relations.

Currently, there are a range of small to large German companies operating in New Jersey, including:  BMW of North America, BASF, Siemens, Bayer, Kuehne & Nagel, to name a few.
Germany Bestows Distinguished Honor on Martin Richenhagen
Former chairman of the GACC South and esteemed German-American business leader Martin Richenhagen has been awarded the prestigious German Federal Service Cross 1st class - a top honor.

The award was presented by German Ambassador to the US, Dr. Peter Wittig,  on behalf of Germany's President, at a reception and dinner at the German embassy in Washington. 

As GACC chairman, Mr. Richenhagen for many years  actively supported and promoted German-American economic relations. Since 2004, he has been chairman and chief executive officer of the US agricultural equipment group AGCO with approximately 20,000 employees and annual revenues of US$8.5 billion.

A STEP NY Success Story: LeanIX Looks Back on a Successful Nine Months in 2017
LeanIX, an IT startup from Bonn (Germany), is continuing its success story. In addition to opening an office in Boston, the company has completed a very successful Series B
Jörg Beyer and André Christ
financing round and is currently part of the newly launched Microsoft Accelerator program. LeanIX helps companies modernise their IT with its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application for Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM). More than 90 well known customers worldwide, including Adidas, DHL, Merck, Vodafone and Zalando, use LeanIX technology.

After participating in the GACC's STEP NYC program in 2016, this startup from Bonn is gearing up to establish a sales organization with five to seven employees in the next few months. 
"Thanks to the outstanding experts from areas such as marketing, communications and law, the STEP NYC week has contributed to further sharpen our approach for market entry and establish the organization," says Jörg G. Beyer, LeanIX co-founder and Co-CEO, as well as interim manager of the Boston office.

Read more about LeanIX in the GACC's German American Trade Quarterly magazine

German Event & Concert Companies to Visit NY and LA

A delegation of select German companies from the event and concert industry will visit New York City and Los Angeles from November 6 - 10 to meet with local industry leaders, research institutions and government representatives. The mission of this trip is to exchange ideas, discuss new developments and lay the groundwork for future cooperation.

One key component of the trip is a November 7 conference titled Event and Concert Promotion: German American Business Opportunities. It will provide an exclusive opportunity to hear from expert speakers and meet with US and German companies to learn about the latest trends shaping the event industry. The conference will also provide information on the legal framework for expanding a business in the US and how countries can profit from bilateral trade in the industry. This conference is FREE and sponsored by Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) with support from the GACC.

GACC NY Participates in Falling Walls Lab in New York 
On September 14, 2017, the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) New York hosted the Falling Walls Lab for the second time. This competition gives the next generation of academics the opportunity to share their ideas and innovations. More than 57 Labs take place worldwide.

The winners of each international Lab fly to Berlin for the Falling Walls Lab Finale, where they present their projects to international, high-level represent
Representatives of the jury with participants of the Falling Wall Lab competition.
atives from industry and research.The New York Falling Walls Lab took place as a breakfast event with 70 guests and participants. Katja Wiesbrock-Donovan, head of the Culture and Science Section at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, opened the event with a short welcome speech. Dr. Nina Lemmens, executive director of the GCRI New York, moderated the event.

The young candidates had three minutes to present their projects and answer questions from the audience. The distinguished jury consisted of the chairman Dr. Kurt Becker from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Dietmar Rieg, the CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Irmintraud Jost, executive director of the Heidelberg University Association, Dr. Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy, winner of the Falling Walls Lab New York 2016, and Dr. Gerrit Rössler, the new program manager of the GCRI.

Upcoming Events

Back from the Future: 2017 NY - Berlin Energy Transition Delegation
October 16, 2017 / 4 - 7 PM
NYU Center for Global Affairs 
15 Barclay Street, NYC
Ich Bin Expat Fair - Presented by CityKinder
November 4, 2017 / 11 AM - 4 PM
The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway, Manhattan 
GACC members receive $5 discount with code: GACCMEMBER
Annual Roast Goose Gala Dinner and Newcomer of the Year Award
November 9, 2017 / 6:30 - 10:30 PM
The Ritz Carlton, Battery Park
2 Little West Street, NYC

The German American Chamber of Commerce New York is proud to host its 8th annual premier event: Our November Gala Dinner which traditionally kicks off the holiday season.

In addition to a sumptuous three-course dinner featuring roast goose prepared German style, the evening will include the presentation of a Newcomer of the Year Award honoring a company that has distinguished itself by providing innovative products or services that foster transatlantic business. The finalists will be selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates which have captured the GACC's attention over the past three years with their excellent contributions to the transatlantic business community. Each of these companies has successfully identified and addressed a need in the US market, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service and strong ties to Germany.

GACC members as well high-level representatives of German and US firms will be in attendance. The evening will provide excellent networking opportunities and, of course, enjoy a unique taste of traditional German cuisine.

German American Smart Buildings Symposium
November 14, 2017  / 9 AM - 4:30 PM
German House
871 United Nations Plaza (1st Avenue @ 49th Street) - NYC

This symposium will bring together innovative  smart building  experts from Germany and the US to discuss energy efficiency and green building solutions.

East Coast Industry Forum (ECIF) and Gala Reception
November 16, 2017 / 1 - 5:30 PM
Singh Center for Nanotechnology
University of Pennsylvania
3205 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

The East Coast Industry Forum (ECIF) is our dynamic platform for meaningful business dialogue. Join us for a fireside chat and in-depth panel discussions addressing the impact of nanotechnology on companies with business interests in the US and in a transatlantic context. The Annual Gala Reception will take place after the conference at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Combo tickets  can be purchased for the East Coast Industry Forum and Gala Reception. Visit our website for a detailed agenda, speaker overview and ticket purchase.

GACCs Honor Outstanding Transatlantic Companies

German companies in the US excel
in digitalization, innovation and services  

The German American Business Awards, extended by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs), are one of the highest accolades in transatlantic business, recognizing companies for their exceptional achievements in digitalization, innovation and services. Five GACC Awards in those three categories will be presented at the national GACC Awards Gala and Digitalization Forum   in Chicago on October 13

Miscellaneous Events

Annual Quadrille Ball in NYC on October 16
The GACC encourages you to be part of a distinguished cultural tradition that provides international networking opportunities and promotes transatlantic relations. 

The Quadrille, a fundraiser for student exchange between the US and Germany, is inviting young professionals to join the Quadrille Ball 2018. Every year, young volunteers from diverse professional and national backgrounds between the ages of 21 and 30 perform the French dance, Quadrille, at this German-American Ball. Prospective dancers for the next season may join a reception in Manhattan on October 16, 2017. They will learn about the dance, their commitment, the people involved, the Quadrille Ball on February 3, 2018, and the charity itself
Click here for more info and ticket purchase
Job Market
The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements.
The GACC is currently looking for:
  • Intern for Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, New Haven Office
  • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest 
Our clients are looking for:
  • Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Intern in Finance Department
  • Docketing Paralegal Specialist
  • Executive Assistant
The listings can be found on
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 Latest in Electronics Featured at productonica 2017
The world's leading trade show for electronics development and production will open its doors November 14-17, 2017 in Munich, Germany. productronica 2017 offers the entire value chain in electronics manufacturing, from PCB & EMS, SMT and semiconductors cluster to the future markets cluster. No other trade show offers such a comprehensive look at the global market for electronics production and the newest innovations, as well as a high-class supporting program. More than 1,200 exhibitors in seven exhibition halls and more than 37,000 trade visitors will ensure for valuable business and networking opportunities.

A predicted uptick in the market - especially an increase of 16.8 percent in 2017 for the world-wide semiconductor market - is a promising outlook for its cluster at productronica. The reason for this is that megatrends energy efficiency, mobility and connectivity are continually demanding new solutions and innovation.

Get your ticket now and grow your business while expanding your horizon at productronica 2017
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