Sponsors 2017:

Gold Sponsors

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Silver Sponsors

BootUp Ventures

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.

Rising Stars Awards 2017

Winners of 2017: Dedrone, BayLabs & HoloBuilder

Congratulations to all the finalists and especially to our winners:
Startup of the Year: dedrone
Newcomer Award: baylabs
Audience Award: holobuilder

What a great evening!
Thank you to all judges and the audience for participating in our RisingStars Event.

GABA Rising Stars Awards in German News

Computermagazin, B5 Aktuell (Aug 27, 2017):
Preis fuer Start-up - Kasseler begeistern im Silicon Valley


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Finalists 2017

Moderator 2017

Bill Reichert

Bill Reichert
Managing Director
Garage Technology Ventures

Jury 2017

We have put together an incredible jury panel comprised of well-known Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and business incubators:

Andreas Bechtolsheim

Andreas Bechtolsheim
Chairman of Arista Networks
Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems

Patricia Roller

Patricia Birgit Roller
Partner at The Angels' Forum
CEO of Vidlet, Inc.

Oliver Hanisch

Oliver Hanisch
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
German Silicon Valley Innovators

Jens Horstmann

Jens Horstmann
Founding Director
Crestlight Ventures

Thomas Vogel

Thomas Vogel
Investment Director
Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments

Curtis McKee

Curtis McKee
Intel Capital

Aaron Jacobson

Aaron Jacobson
New Enterprise Associates - NEA

Dr. Andreas Kloyer

Dr. Andreas Kloyer
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Ben Boeser

Ben Boeser
Director of Emerging Products
SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley

Prizes 2017

  • A one year "Wings" membership at BootUp Ventures.
  • 3 single full days of private conference room time at the HanaHaus.
  • Up to 10 hours of personal time with a lawyer or tax specialist at Luther Law firm.
  • One week membership for one person at BednBuild, including seven nights complimentary stay at one of the BednBuild "Hackerhouses" in San Francisco.

Process 2017

Award Awards:
  • Startup of the Year
  • Newcomer Award
  • Audience Award
  • Less than 10 years in business
  • German company with subsidiary in the US or US company founded by a German
  • Successful can mean: name recognition, external funding, market success, substantial revenues, innovative/technology background
  • Application deadline June 30th, 2017
The jury will consider all entries and select the most promising applicants to demo at the award event.

The Startup of the Year as well as the Newcomer Award will be chosen by the jury and the Audience Award will be determined by the event attendees in real time.