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