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Fifth Annual German-American Business Forum (DAWT)
German companies looking for business opportunities in the US received valuable guidance on how to do so at the 5th Annual German American Business Forum (DAWT) which took place on June 21 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Capacity crowds at DAWT presentations and workshops
Participants included more than 250 representatives from various German and American companies, as well as highly respected political and economic experts. The main purpose of the forum was to provided strategic and practical guidance for German businesses planning to enter the US market or expand operations there.

The topic of  Transatlantic Relations kicked off the opening panel followed by a second panel on German Businesses and the US Administration.  

Workshops sessions focused on: 
1) Recent Developments in US Visa and Immigration Laws, 2) Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Transformation and 3) Sales Strategies USA
The forum was organized in cooperation with the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), Stuttgart regional industry and RGIT. In addition, this year the DAWT also partnered with Global Connect , the largest forum for the export industry in Germany, promoting dialogue between entrepreneurs, politicians, business partners and international market experts in areas such as digitalization, regional crises and geopolitical challenges.
Additional info and forum images available here.
Experts and Info Exchanges at Offshore Wind Forum
On June 26, the GACC New York hosted the German American Offshore Wind Symposium at the Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech. This event offered an excellent platform for know-how and best-practice exchanges from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as providing in-depth insights about the German and US markets.

Experts from Germany and the US presented their ideas and concepts to strengthen international knowledge transfer and discussed ways to bolster cooperation. Featured organizations and companies included NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Authority), BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management), conEdison, the New Jersey Governor's Office as well as the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation and the Wind Energy Association (WAB e.V.) 
With more than 100 attendees, the conference was a great success and offered the audience the possibility to learn about the latest trends, business models and market opportunities in the sector and meet with the German companies individually to discuss potential synergies.
The full-day conference was part of a delegation trip for eight German companies from the Offshore Wind Industry who visited New York and North Carolina from June 25-29. The joint program organized by the GACC New York and GACC South offered the German delegation the opportunity for high-level business meetings with various companies in New York City such as National Grid, Phoenix Energy Inc., NY Green Bank. The delegation also had an open discussion with Richard Kauffman, who joined the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in February 2013 as New York State's first "energy czar" overseeing and managing New York State's entire energy portfolio. Meetings in North Carolina included Siemens Energy Inc., Saertex USA LLC, ABB Inc. among others.

More information and event photos can be found here.  
Doreen Harris, NYSERDA
Andreas Wellbrock,
WAB e.v.
Wind Energy Association
A full house of participants

American Delegation Participates at US / German Power Systems Operators Forum in Berlin
With the goal to better understand and navigate newly emerging power systems, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) hosted a study trip to Berlin, Germany, in June.
US and German power systems operators exchange ideas at Berlin forum

This transatlantic thought leader exchange brought together German and American power system operators, grid regulators and policy makers, as well as organizations involved in grid planning and system operations. The group observed several differences commonalities in the German and American electricity industries; most notably the consensus on the need for decarbonization and policy driven incentives.

Both countries still face challenges in changing infrastructure, as developments in electricity generation, demand response, storage and energy efficiency continue to affect transmission and distribution.

Among the key topics discussed: Introduction to the German Energiewende, Electricity System Design in Germany, Wholesale and Retail Markets for Electricity in Germany/Europe and Key Challenges for the Energy Transition in the Future.

This program is a part of the Energy Dialogue; a broader scale effort to strengthen the energy cooperation between the two countries, encourage the exchange of ideas and build energy transition policy expertise. The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) and the Renewables Academy (RENAC), under the leadership of adelphi consult, are supporting the BMWi through the organization of this program."
Third Annual STEP USA Alumni Gathering in Stuttgart

For the third time, STEP USA alumni gathered June 21 for the annual STEP USA alumni party, organized by the GACC New York and sponsored by PwC Stuttgart. The event took place at PwC's stunning office in the heart of Stuttgart.

In his keynote speech packed with investors, corporates, startups and research specialists, Julian Riedlbauer (Partner at GP Bullhound) presented the successful roadmap required to build more European unicorns.

Five STEP USA alumni  were given the opportunity that evening share their experiences with the program:

Cyntegrity GmbH (medtech)
Mobalo GmbH (adtech)
Jetlite GmbH (aviation)
SevDesk GmbH (SaaS)
Pxio GmbH (SaaS)

In addition, five other startups (listed below) that have not yet participated in the STEP USA program competed for a free STEP USA ticket sponsored by PwC. The winner of the pitch, Mannheim-based startup Groovecat , will join us in December 2018.
Diafyt by pg40® Consulting Group GmbH (medtech)
Groove Cat by Elceedee UG (entertainment / lifestyle)
Helloguide GmbH (socialtech)
Magic Horizons by Classic Arts GmbH (VR / lifestyle)
Story Planet by L-Pub GmbH (edtech)

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  encourge all future alumni to post your achievements with us as well!
December 2 - 7

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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
Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception
July 25
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

For the eighth consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia's international chambers have joined forces to host an international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia's status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

On the evening of July 25th, join hundreds of your business peers to network and reaffirm Philadelphia's economic, political and commercial impact as a global city.

To register and for more information, click here. 
SAVE THE DATE - East Coast Industry Forum 
October 12
Hartford, CT

The East Coast Industry Forum will offer an excellent platform to connect with potential business partners, gain unique perspectives on current business and gather new insights on industry trends. The theme of this year's ECIF will be Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Development. One third of the US economy is within a day's drive of Connecticut, a vibrant location for leading industries in defense, aerospace, power systems and bioscience..and sight of this year's forum.

We are still seeking speakers, sponsors and media partners. Please contact us at
Roast Goose Gala Dinner & 
Newcomer of the Ye ar Award 2018

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.
Job Market
The GACC is currently looking for:
  • 12-18 months trainee for business network & events 
Our clients are looking for:
  • Internship: Bavarian Offices for Economic Development
  • Faubel Pharma Services Corp. : Part Time Accountant
  • Faubel Pharma Services Corp. : Sales Manager
  • HQ Capital: Private Equity Paralegal
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
Command Control the Leading Summit for Cyber Security, will take place for the first time this year from September 20-22. Command Control visualizes cross-sector integrated cybersecurity and is the interdisciplinary dialog platform for decision-makers from the world of business, politics and administration.

The show addresses all those involved in digitization within the company and will improve the ability to engage in dialog on the subject of cybersecurity within companies and across sectors. From the CEO to the legal expert - the summit is aimed at all those who want to take information security in their company to a new level. Find out more interesting facts about the Summit here .
The options for presenting your company and getting to know top prospective customers are as extensive, diverse and as varied as the participation concept. Get involved in various ways: through showcases or by providing content for the best practice workshops. Discover all options in the brochure  in detail.

Purchase your
ticket  online now  and join us for the premier of Command Control  in Munich, Germany from September 20-22, 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

GACC NY Welcomes Our New Members
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For more info, please visit the GACC NY member portal.
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