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.


  • Startup of the Year
  • Newcomer Award
  • People’s choice


  • 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 15th, 2018

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.


  • An opportunity to meet one-one with top-tier VC’s
  • Priority consideration for SAP Foundry
  • Conference room time at HanaHaus in Palo Alto
  • A one year entrepreneur membership for each of the finalists