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GABA was formed on January 15, 2003 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization with the purpose of fostering transatlantic trade between Germany and the U.S. The organization was formed by six founding Board members in order to fill the void which was created by the liquidation of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Western United States. Soon GABA extended its reach beyond Silicon Valley, and today is recognized as a key player by the thriving German/ American business community.

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Rising Stars

The GABA Rising Stars Award provides an annual spotlight on German American startups. It is free to enter, free to win and will be judged by VCs and industry peers. All finalists will be invited to the event and have the opportunity to pitch in front of the audience and a high profile jury. At the award ceremony, we will recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet, and technology innovations of the year.

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About GABA

The success of GABA is based on its matrix-organization consisting of four locations and over 10 interest groups. The opening of GABA's first branch in Southern California in September 2003 was quickly followed by chapters in Munich and Berlin. In addition to GABA's local presence, the board purposefully implemented interest groups which provide deep market knowledge and support excellent industry networking opportunities. GABA continues to evolve with diverse interest groups reflecting today's business environment. GABA now has a wide variety of interest groups spanning from Automotive to Young Professionals.


From its modest beginnings with less than a handful of founding Board members, the organization has grown to be a trusted partner in transatlantic knowledge-sharing and networking among German-American and Californian businesses with 350 members and a community in the thousands. Today, GABA facilitates more than 60 events per year, hosting over 3500 event attendees.

Mailing List   GABA Mailing List: 7700 contacts
YahooGroups   GABA Stammtisch: 2200 members
Facebook   GABA Facebook: 2800 members
LinkedIn   GABA LinkedIn Group: 1300 members
Xing   GABA Xing Group: 1000 members