Newsletter August 2017


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Visits GACC NY to Discuss Trade Opportunities with Germany

Dietmar Rieg and Governor Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stopped by our GACC NYC office last month while in the city for a series of official meetings he attended. He had just returned from a marathon trade mission, meeting with partners around the world, including Germany. Joining the Governor at our GACC NY office were Virginia Secretary of Commerce & Trade Todd Haymore, and Tom Scott of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

During congenial and informative discussions with our GACC NY group, the Governor stressed his commitment to maintaining good international relations with global partners like Germany in ways that  also will contribute to increasing economic development in Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe eagerly pointed out that Virginia has an exceptionally low unemployment rate of 3.8%.  As the state’s workforce ages, companies are experiencing an increased need for new skilled workers. The Governor stressed that the future of education is in skills training programs. In the last several years, Virginia’s education system served nearly 224,000 individuals in attaining credited courses and more than 66,000 individuals in customized workforce training and continuing education courses.  Governor McAuliffe emphasized that with short training programs, people can acquire the skills the market needs and attain well-paying jobs in industries like welding and commercial driving, which currently suffer from a skills gap.

Key industries in the state include aerospace, IT and cybersecurity.  As a pioneer in cyber applications, Virginia is working with its business, education and defense industry to lead innovation in unmanned drone systems.

GACC NY President & CEO Dietmar Rieg advised Governor McAuliffe about the myriad services the GACC provides to facilitate and promote transatlantic business between Germany and the U.S., especially with such programs as STEP and dual education. He cited the work and progress of numerous German companies operating in the U.S.


International Startup Forum, Stuttgart

Andrea Diewald, GACC NY, and Dr. Christian Hensel, PwC Stuttgart, at the Int'l Startup Forum in Stuttgart.

The GACC New York, in cooperation with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), is excited to invite you to our second International Startup Forum on September 21, 2017, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Alexander von Frankenberg, CEO of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, will provide the key note speech, followed by 14 startups that will get the chance to pitch their business ideas to the attending business angels and VCs. If you are a startup interested in one of our pitch slots, please sign up here.


The most promising startup chosen by our jury will win a ticket for the next STEP USA trip to New York, December 10–15, 2017!  The ticket, valued at EUR 3,000, is valid for 2 persons from one startup.

If you are a business angel, investor or simply interested in attending this event, register here.

The International Skills Conference aims to bring together Business Champions in Dual Apprenticeship Programs modeled after the German System with Business, Regional and State Leaders who are interested in solutions for large as well as small and middle-sized employers in order to grow a globally competitive, highly skilled workforce.

Highlights include:

  • Networking Reception
  • Field trips to West Georgia Tech College, Grenzebach Corporation and the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga
  • Overview of the Skills Initiative in the United States
  • Information about the exchange with stakeholders of our innovative and industry-led programs

Event Schedule

Sept 11 Evening reception & inauguration of the GACC South Skills Committee

Sept 12 Conference & field tripsto West Georgia Tech College and Grenzebach

Sept 13 Volkswagen plant tour in Chattanooga, TN

Event Fee

$170 for Conference (Sept. 11 & 12)
$200 for Conference + Volkswagen Plant Tour (Sept 11-13)


STEP USA New York Trips Continue to be Popular with German Startups

Kick-off day at the GACC NY headquarters in downtown Manhattan.

In a major nod to their success, 14 of our popular startup trips have taken place to date. We are proud to have welcomed a total of 160 German companies to New York, Boston and Silicon Valley.  Twenty-two of our alumni have been successful at raising capital for their businesses in the U.S.; 41 have founded their own U.S. subsidiaries and 17 have made it into the German Accelerator Program as a logical next step.

New York is an amazing entrepreneurial hub with more than 8,000 startups boosting their businesses in the BIG APPLE. Our STEP USA program assists young German companies to better understand and navigate the U.S. market. And we very successfully assist in opening doors to venture capital providers, clients and local accelerators and incubators.

If you’d like to get on board with one of our next programs, please complete the registration form.

The GACC NY cordially invites you join us for a beautiful summer evening featuring exclusive German wine, food pairing and networking opportunities!

Jan Schüler, a German wine expert, will be on had to present German cru wines and provide great insight into German vineyard cultivation. Live cooking will accompany the wine presentation.

Thursday, August 24th
6 - 8 PM

B/S/H Experience & Design Center
A&D Building
150 E. 58th Street, 7th floor, NYC


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!

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


Twelve Startups from North Rhine Westphalia Participate in STEP NY Program

German Pitch Night for NRW startups.

From June 4-9, 2017 the GACC NY welcomed our third startup cohort from North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) to NYC to participate in the popular STEP NY program. Twelve ambitious young companies sponsored by NRW International, the State of NRW’s export promotion agency, took their first steps into the U.S. market. They participated in our program of strategy sessions, marketing, PR, sales, legal issues and intercultural differences. The group also visited the German Accelerator and the Urban X Accelerator.  In addition, diverse company insights at Bluum and Automotive Mastermind kept our delegation quite engaged.

After intensive pitch training in the Big Apple, the 12 startups presented their business models at several pitch stages, including the North Side Festival, where the GACC NY organized a German Pitch Night exclusively for our NRW group.

Here is the lineup of participating NRW startups:

SAP Next-Gen Hosts Panel Discussion on Corporate Innovation

Corporate Innovation panel discussion at SAP Next-Gen in NYC.

Corporate entrepreneurship is a hot topic these days. For established firms to remain competitive, maintaining a rigorous innovative spirit is critical. Yet despite all the talk, many companies fall short on delivering this promise. 

Deepak Krishamurthy, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at SAP, and Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO at GACC New York, welcomed nearly 100 guests to a panel discussion last month that addressed these crucial issues to achieving business success.

The importance of a dynamic corporate culture, openness to new ways of collaboration and the  generational shift with Millennials conquering the work space were focal points of the discussion.

Inspired by the call to action that every employee can start corporate innovation, a post-panel discussion networking reception provided an additional platform to further elaborate on future trends in work environments.

Tech and Business Development  Advisor Joshua Cohen moderated the panel comprised of: Jeremy K. Balkin, Head of Innovation for Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC, Chandra Ramanathan, Vice President & Head, East Coast Innovation Center at Bayer and Drew LeBlanc, Director of Innovation, East Region at SAP.

Energy Efficiency 2017 Award Challenge Competition Takes Place in New York

Wolfgang Werner, President & CEO of URBAN FABRICK, Inc. (center), presents the Energy Efficiency Challenge Award to Pratik Raval, Associate Director of Transsolar (left), and Jean-Marie Bergeal, CEO of Meteoviva.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to be important factors in maintaining healthy economies around the world.

To bolster these efforts, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy sponsors an Energy Efficiency Award Challenge, as part of the ministry’s German Energy Solutions Initiative. The goal of this program is to recognize the positive impact German companies have on enhancing sustainable building environments in the U.S and, in the process, making valuable connections in the nation’s building industry.

With support from the German American Chamber of Commerce New York, Inc. (GACC NY), this year’s Award Challenge took place last month at the German House of the German Consulate General in New York City. More than 75 guests attended the competition, during which five companies where selected out of many others to showcase their respective technologies and services that contribute to increasing overall commercial building performances. 

Guests and competitors were welcomed by Brita Wagener, outgoing Consul General, the German Consulate New York, and Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce New York, Inc.

The five competitors at this year’s Award Challenge included:

110 Architect, a contemporary architecture firm; Arnold Glas, a company that offers glass and other transparent materials for building; Kaeser Compressors, offering a complete line of air system products; Meteoviva, a company providing building climate solutions; and Transsolar, Inc., another climate engineering firm

Each of these firms presented their cutting-edge ideas to a distinguished jury of energy efficiency experts:

  • Bruce Fowle, FAIA,LEED AP, Founding Principal, FXFOWLE Architects
  • Enrica Oliva, Partner & COO, Werner Sobek New York
  • Wolfgang Werner, President & CEO, Urban Fabrick, Inc.
  • Yetsuh Frank, Managing Director, Strategy & Programs, Building Energy Exchange
  • Pat Sapinsley, Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives,Urban Future Lab/ACRE, NYU's Tandon School of Engineering

Meteoviva and Transsolar were ultimately selected as winners of the competition. Jean-Marie Bergeal, CEO of Meteoviva, presented Meteoviva’s Award Challenge entry and accepted the award on behalf of his company. Similarly, Pratik Raval, Associate Director of Transsolar, presented for his firm and accepted the award.


The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel 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 to fill the following positions:

• Intern for our Consulting Department in San Francisco

• Intern for our Career Services Department in NYC

• Intern for Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development in New Haven, CT

• Intern for Germany Trade & Investment

Our clients are looking for:

• Client Services Specialist

• Procurement Manager 

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

MEMBER 2 MEMBER - Exclusive Offers

If you're interested in participating in our GACC Member2Member program, please visit our website for details!

Giant Innovation, the company that "translates empirical research into powerful tools that allow organizations to hear and play the music of innovation..." is offering our members a 50% discount at its Innovation Skills workshop, August 11.

Among other things, the workshop will present solutions to understand how to embed innovation processes and behaviors in your team, department and organization.

Please log into our member portal for details about this deal.

Talaera provides customized English learning experience through one-on-one online teaching. Our program uses differentiated instruction and practice work that is specific to an employee's job requirements, as well as his or her general language learning goals, to help enrich professional development and social communication in the work environment.

The special offer Talaera is offering our members is valid through August 31, 2017. For details, please visit our member portal.

Gustav Kaeser invites you to it Sales Excellence Training sessions in NYC. GACC members enjoy a 10% discount through December 31, 2017.

Do you have employees that need to develop their selling and negotiation skills?
Do they struggle when it comes to price negotiation?
Is there more they can do in order to close the sale?
Would you like your sales staff to have more entrepreneurial approach to selling?
Are they motivated even when things get tough?

The Training shows the participants the unused strengths which lie dormant within them.

For details on the Sales Excellence Training Program and to apply, please visit our member portal.


EXPO REAL Kicks Off This October In Munich

EXPO REAL is an international trade fair for real estate and investment that takes place annually in Munich, Germany. This year, an enhanced program is on tap for the upcoming show, October 4-6, featuring forums on topics such as intelligent urbanization, investment locations, unique real estate opportunities, as well as press and exhibitor events ideal for networking. 

As the largest B2B trade fair in Europe, EXPO REAL attracts about 1,800 international exhibitors and about 39,000 participants from 77 countries, representing the entire supply chain from project managers to investors and economic regions. Booth traffic and business opportunities are expected to be quite active at all the 13 different exhibition sectors. 

As the Chief Executive of AFIRE, USA put it: “EXPO REAL is the supermarket of real estate ideas and deals. It is the most serious and effective conference we attend.”

Get your tickets for the upcoming EXPO REAL and boost your business through this international platform!

Upcoming Trade Shows

Essen Trade Fairs

Munich Trade Fairs

September 25 - 29
Schweissen & Schneiden
as guest in Düsseldorf

November 14 - 17
productronica 2017

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