Rising Stars Award 2019

September 5th, 2019

Rising Stars Logo

For the 5th time we honored successful and innovative German-American startups during our

Rising Stars Event 

at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on September 5th, 2019.

Our mission is to bring together the German-American startup community, top entrepreneurs, decision makers, investors and startup founders under one roof.

Winners of 2019

We would like to congratulate our Rising Stars and Audience Award winner Franka Emika and our Newcomer Winner ProGlove to becoming our Rising Stars winner. All finalists impressed the judges and it was not easy to find a winner!

GABA Rising Stars 2019

Finalists 2019

Franka Emika


We are happy to announce to have Bill Reichert once again as our Moderator for the pitch competition.

Bill Reichert

Bill Reichert

Managing Director

Garage Technology Ventures


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

Andreas Bechtolsheim

Andreas Bechtolsheim

Chairman and Chief Development Officer

Arista Networks

Patricia Birgit Roller

Patricia Birgit Roller


Vidlet, Inc.

Axel Tillmann

Axel Tillmann



Curtis McKee

Curtis McKee


Intel Capital

Shuchi Rana

Shuchi Rana


SAP.iO Foundry SF

Sponsors 2019

Gold Sponsors

Taylor Wessing

Silver Sponsor

Squire Patton Bogg

Bronze Sponsor

360 Lab SF
CITRIS Foundry


This is a great opportunity to ``wine down`` after work! Enjoy an exciting evening of fine wine tasting and high level networking with industry experts at an upscale venue.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM VIP workshops and networking
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMNetworking reception
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Welcome
6:45 PM - 7:45 PMElevator pitches
7:45 PM - 8:30 PMVoting, networking and dessert buffet
8:30 PM - 9:00 PMAward ceremony


Owned and operated by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to unique shops, artists’ studios, and Blue Garden Café. Since 1929, Allied Arts Guild has provided an inspiring environment for working artists, beautiful gardens and shops for visitors, and support for critically ill children at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Allied Arts is conveniently located at the southern end of Menlo Park, near Stanford Shopping Center.

Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd
Menlo Park, California

Allied Arts Guild

About Us


The German American Business Association of California (GABA) is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledge-sharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and tech communities.


The Representative of German Business for the Western United States (GACC West), located in San Francisco in direct proximity to Silicon Valley, acts as a link between German and American companies and organizations.