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Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area and beyond – GABA’s active community includes leaders and professionals from the most prestigious organizations as well as agile start-ups, small businesses and service organizations. Technology, entrepreneurship, new customers and partners – whatever your current business interest, chances are you will find that one of our members can help. Through our programs and events, GABA provides ample opportunity for you to meet and engage with the right people. Share your knowledge, gain new insights and expand your connections in both Northern California and in Germany.

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GABA Women Meet - A Summer Night with Erdbeerbowle

GABA Women Meet – A Summer Night with Erdbeerbowle

It was fantastic to see so many women at our GABA Women Meet! What a great evening to mingle with other members of the German American community while enjoying a glass (or two) of our homemade Erdbeerbowle. Our special thanks…

GABA Gala 2024

GABA Gala 2024: A Fabulous Celebration of the German-American Community

It was a great display of community and achievement at Dominic's Oyster Point in South San Francisco as we celebrated this year's award winners of the GABA Achievement Award, Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse.  The amazing power couple was…

California Dreaming Happy Hour in Berlin

California Dreaming Happy Hour in Berlin

Niklas Hanisch, one of GABA's Ambassadors in Germany, organized the 'California Dreaming' event in Berlin on May 26. Participants, including former expats who lived in the Bay Area and those planning to relocate there, were primarily interested in connecting with…

AI Startup Roadshow: Unlocking the Potential of German AI

Amazing AI Startup Pitch Event at Hana Haus on May 23!

Full House at the German AI Roadshow at Hana Haus with 10 German AI startups pitching. In case you missed it, check out the promising startups. Congratulations to the winner of the pitch contest: Energy Robotics! Pitching Startups 36ZERO Vision enables…

Your Health is Personal. Personalized Medicine for Diagnostic and Therapy.

Your Health is Personal. Personalized Medicine for Diagnostic and Therapy.

A truly inspiring discussion on personalized medicine at our event “Your Health is Personal” last week. The panel featured J. Dianne Keen-Kim, Ph.D., FACMG, HCLD(ABB), Sudha Krishnan, Ph.D, Dr. Thomas Koehnke, Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack and Dr. Christian Apfel. The speakers…


GABA NorCal Programs

New Technologies and Innovation
Life Sciences and Digital Health

GABA Norcal Programs

New Technologies and Innovation
Life Sciences and Digital Health

“GABA has helped me in my personal life and in my role at SAP to develop meaningful connections in the ecosystem. The diversity of their network spans from early talents to thought leaders in the Silicon Valley who represent corporates, academia and the venture community. On many occasions the team was able to relate our business goals with those of other members and identify collaboration opportunities.”

Daniel Zimmer, Sr. Director, SAP Bay Area Labs Management

“Newly arrived in Silicon Valley, we participated at a GABA-Newcomers event. Driven by the enthusiasm of the GABA team, we participated in many other events from GABA and its partners, which are offered in every industrial sector. These great networking opportunities largely contributed to our exponential growth in the number of contacts in the USA and in Europe. GABA has been great for developing both friendships and our business.”

Michael Schmid, Partner, ProiPatent

“GABA had a big influence on how my life developed in Silicon Valley. The day I arrived at SFO I went to the GABA Young Professionals meeting. I connected with many people but one connection was special… my wife found her job with eBay through this connection. – Since then, I have attended many more GABA events, and all of them were interesting and useful for my business and me personally.”

Florian Schöbinger, Kärcher New Ventures

“GABA has been instrumental in supporting NRW.Invest mission to market Germany’s No. 1 investment location, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). We are thrilled to work with them on upcoming projects”

Kai Buehler, NRW.Invest

“In 2020, GABA organized a nationwide hydrogen technology and business presentation, the first webinar of its kind. Engineers from Berlin, Germany, and managers from the East and West coasts gave us a glimpse into the future of energy. Now in 2023, it’s becoming a reality in California with leaders from Germany and the US. As a consequence of this well-attended hydrogen event, we now have two hydrogen energy storage projects in operation in California.”

Clark Crawford, GKN Hydrogen

“As the Bay Area based Innovation Hub for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, we are always excited to connect with teams and companies that share our drive for innovation in the fields like Cultured Meat, Bioelectronics, and Neuromorphic systems. GABA allows us to discuss with like-minded companies in an organic way.”

Arie van Gent, Merck KGaA

“GABA succeeds very well in strengthening the German-American community and friendship. Through their hosting of excellent events, members can share top-notch industry specific knowledge and experience across the Atlantic and connect as professionals and personally. I am thankful to GABA for wonderful memories of events, business opportunities, and even friendships that I could experience and access through the incredible network which they cultivate.”

Alexander Roth, Partner at Taylor Wessing US

“Ich möchte GABA herzlich danken für die bereichernden Gespräche, die einzigartigen Veranstaltungen und die interessanten Menschen, die ich durch die GABA kennenlernen durfte.”

Heiko Erhard, VP, Neato Robotics

“Thanks to GABA I found employment at a global corporation. I attended the annual GABA economic and financial outlook event and met a senior executive, who shortly after hired me as the West Coast Regional Manager. I have since attended many GABA events and am always impressed by the quality of the events and seniority of the attendees.”

Alexander Schulz, Advisory Board Member at UC Irvine
Promote Your Brand
Promote Your Brand

Promote Your Brand

Interested in promoting your business, products, or services in Northern California or Germany? GABA’s programs, events, website and regular communications give you ample opportunity to show your thought leadership and capabilities and enhance your reputation to a professional audience.

Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Want to support the professional German-American community directly with your talents and skills? As a volunteer, you can hone your skills and expand your network by supporting GABA with event logistics, content ideas or operations behind the scenes.

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