Newsletter July 2017


Transatlantic Relations 4.0 Headlines German-American Business Forum (DAWT)

The German-American Chambers of Commerce (AHK), in cooperation with the Industrie – und Handelskammer  (IHK) Dusseldorf, kicked off the 4th German-American Business Forum, at the Industrie-Club in Düsseldorf on June 22nd with a robust program that provided candid and useful insights on current US-German economic and business relations.

"We are delighted that this year Düsseldorf is the location of this important event," said IHK Düsseldorf President Andreas Schmitz in greeting the more than 250 guests comprised of business leaders and other representatives of the German American business community. "What an appropriate time it is to focus on economic relations with the U.S. and what can be done to assure continued economic stability and free market access,” he added.

Mr. Schmitz was joined in delivering the opening remarks by Caroll H. Neubauer, President of the German American Chambers of Commerce, who remarked that despite signals of possible change and uncertainties in trade relations there is no doubt that both American and German companies are committed to promoting economic success in both countries.

In addition to vigorous discussions on transatlantic economic relations, high-profile topics such as digitization and energy management were also a key focus at the forum. A series of workshops provided valuable info on gaining market penetration in the USA. These workshops offered practical advice on developing effective sales strategies in the USA, legal framework, training and prospects for start-ups.

Opening panel discussion on transatlantic relations: Moderator Andreas Kluth, Handelsblatt; Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf; Michael R. Keller, Consul General U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf; Dr. Walter Maisel, President & CEO, KOSTAL North America; Dr. Lutz Raettig, Chairman of the Supervisor Board, Morgan Stanley Bank AG; Frank Sportolari, President, UPS Germany.

STEP USA Alumni Night Features Presentation on Tech Trends

The STEP USA Alumni Night at Ernst & Young Düsseldorf coincided with the German American Business Forum (DAWT), occurring during the same time period.

Keynote speaker Stefanie Molzberger, Leader Developer & Startup Ecostystem at IBM Deutschland GmbH, delivered a presentation on future technology trends, including the fascinating insights on IBM Watson. She also discussed how start-ups can best interact with companies they're interested in.

Startups from North Rhine- Westphalia (NRW) pitched their business models to the business experts in attendance.

The Startup & Entrepreneur program of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York offers German startups valuable assistance in locating U.S.-VC investors, meeting U.S. clients and providing workshops on all U.S. market entry topics. The program was expanded to the Silicon Valley earlier this year as STEP SV.


German Startup Innovation Pitch Night & Happy Hour at Northside Festival

German Startups pitching at Northside Innovation Night.

Cutting-edge German startups were provided with a perfect opportunity to showcase their company business models last month as part of the German Startup Innovation Pitch Night & Happy Hour at Brooklyn's hip Northside Festival. The event took place at the Whythe Hotel, where the top three STEP NYC companies - along with individuals who graduated from the German Accelerator's three month immersion program -  eagerly pitched their startup concepts to a panel of four experts and about 150 interested spectators.

The evening included a happy hour,during which the promising startups and guests could meet and network.

German Pitch Night at Northside Festival was a collaborative effort of German Accelerator New York (GANY), the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and the Consulate General of Germany.

Transatlantic Business Ties Fostered with Visiting Delegation from Frankfurt/Main

Photo courtesy of Center City District (Philadelphia)

Underscoring a mutual commitment to economic collaboration between the U.S. and Germany, a delegation of 19 business and economic representatives from the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region visited New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco last month for meetings and tours facilitated by GACC teams in each of those cities. The group was headed by Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldmann.

Their first official appointment was an economic and political briefing with Johannes Bloos, Deputy Consulate General at the German Consulate in San Francisco,organized by the GACC San Francisco team. 

A similar meeting was hosted by the GACC NY at its office in Lower Manhattan. Deputy Consulate General Kai Hennig of the German Consulate in NY joined Dietmar Rieg of the GACC NY in welcoming the Frankfurt delegation and particpating in discussions with the group.

Then it was off to Philadelphia, a place of special significance to the Frankfurt delegation; the two metropolises have been sister cities since July 16, 2015. The group achieved several goals in the City of Brotherly love, including an introduction to Mayor Jim Kenney at City Hall. That meeting included talks on identifying additional opportunities to foster economic outreach between the two cities, as well as promoting artistic and academic exchanges. At the Northeast Philadelphia Manufacturer’s Forum, discussions delved into apprenticeships and a review of the Philadelphia-Frankfurt Trade Mission organized by GACC Philadelphia in September 2016.

Attending a dedication ceremony for the newest addition to Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Park World Fountain was a key highlight for the Frankfurt group.  The ceremony recognized Frankfurt am Main as Philadelphia’s newest Sister City. Sister Cities Park was renovated by the Center City District (CCD) in 2012 and the park's World Fountain was created at that time, when Philadelphia had 10 Sister Cities. The fountain now has 11 geyser-like spouts, each positioned to note the distances between Philadelphia and its partnership cities.  

CityKinder Fair to Provide Valuable Info for Germans in NYC Metro Area

On November 4, the GACC will join CityKinder as they host the first annual ICH BIN expat fair at the Mezzanine, located in Manhattan. This event targets German-speaking internationals who have been living in the New York City Metro area for many years, as well as those who have only recently arrived.

These individuals are eager to adjust to their new adoptive home and culture. Exhibitors at the CityKinder fair will be on hand to help with this process, providing expert advice on matters such as: relocation services, schools, language programs, immigration law, healthcare and many other topics.

Children are welcome, as the fair will include programs for them along with delicious German food and beverages!

Please visit for more information.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at the fair, please email

GACC NY Hosts Students of Ambassadors in Sneakers Exchange Program

Ambassadors in Sneakers particpants

As part of its ongoing mission to support transatlantic educational experiences which greatly contribute to enhancing U.S.-German business relations, the GACC NY last month welcomed a group of American and German students participating in the Ambassadors in Sneakers exchange program and spoke to them on German-American economic and business relations.

The program is spearheaded by the German-American Institute in Tübingen, Germany, a bi-national educational and cultural organization that provides the city of Tübingen, as well as the larger surrounding region with information about cultural, social, political and economic developments in the USA and in Germany.

Participants include members of local or regional German youth councils or youth parliaments as well as representatives of U.S. youth councils, mayor’s advisory youth councils or youth committees between the ages of 16 and 20. Twelve young people from Germany and 12 of their counterparts from the USA are taking part in the project this year.

Many of them could end up the business and political leaders of tomorrow!

Celebrating 70 Years of the GACC NY!

This chart was taken from a 1960's edition of the German American Trade magazine. How times have changed!

GACC members are constantly striving to tackle today's business challenges, such as innovation and changing customers' needs, and do so with enthusiasm and excellence. For the first time, we will additionally honor excellence in digitalization.

The GACC Awards presented at the GACC Awards Gala on October 13th in Chicago, IL by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) honor and celebrate outstanding achievements in German-American business. Award applications for this year's GACC Awards are now open. Apply or nominate a company today!

The 2017 award categories are:

• New for 2017!
Excellence in Digitalization Award, highlighting and honoring GACC members with digital success stories.

Excellence in Innovation Award, highlighting and honoring the development of innovative ideas in the German-American business community.

Excellence in Services Award, honoring GACC members that have demonstrated excellence in delivering value and quality to the German-American business community through their services.

    Applications close July 31, 2017. Please visit our GACC Awards Gala website for award eligibility information and FAQs. For any other questions, contact Kirsten Schmandt at


    The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in actively recruiting skilled and multilingual personnel through as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements. We specialize in German- and English- speaking candidates who are eligible to work in the U.S. 

    The GACC currently is seeking the following:

    • Intern for our Legal Services department

    • Intern for our Events & Communications department in SF

    • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest  

    Our clients are looking for:

    • Attorneys, fluent in German

    • Field Service Technician 

    The listings can be found on Add your resume to our Talent Network by sending us an email to

    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


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    Leverate is offering our members a free media review of online and offline activities and recommendations for action.

    For more information, visit the GACC NY Member2Member site


    All that's New in the World of Horticulture at IPM Essen 2018

    Everything you need to know in the horticulture industry - from soil to seeds to plants - you'll discover at IPM Essen. The world’s leading trade fair for horticulture is preparing for its next show, January 23 – 26, 2018 in Essen, Germany. More than 1,570 international exhibitors will showcase their products in popular categories such as plants, technology, floristry and garden features. 

    For the first time, hortivation will be integrated with IPM. The show will bring POS concepts and products together and present them in creative selling concepts. This year’s theme will be “Family Garden", focusing on sustainability, organic products and quality time for families.  There will also be tips for regular consumers on using professional equipment.

    Join us in Essen, January 23 – 26, 2018,  to discover the newest plant breeds, the most innovative horticultural technology and meet experts from all over the world.


    Lucia Juelke, U.S. project manager (left) and Stefanie Maendlein, exhibition director for INHORGENTA.

    INHORGENTA MUNICH, one of the world’s most impressive jewelry trade shows, made its debut in New York City with a successful INHORGENTA TREND FACTORY reception on June 12.

    The event provided valuable insight into this exciting show, its collections, its designers, market trends and industry news.

    The German House at the Consulate General of Germany in Midtown Manhattan served as the setting for the reception, allowing members of the jewelry industry to learn more about this fascinating show. Stefanie Maendlein, exhibition director for INHORGENTA, delivered a presentation showcasing the elaborate displays and exquisite jewelry at the show.

    Lucia Juelke, U.S. project manager, promoted the first ever U.S. Designer Pavilion at INHORGENTA, which provides top designers from the U.S. a cost-effective, yet very contemporary design space. Those interested in participating at INHORGENTA, are encouraged to contact Lucy at

    Upcoming Trade Shows

    Essen Trade Fairs

    Munich Trade Fairs

    September 25 - 29
    Schweissen & Schneiden
    as guest in Düsseldorf

    November 14 - 17
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