GABA Rising Stars Award 2018

August 23rd, 2018

GABA Rising Stars

Due to the overwhelming success and growing popularity of the Startup Award we decided to dedicate a new signature event to honor successful and innovative German-American startups.

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

Winners of 2018

Congratulations to Toposens for winning the #GABA #RisingStar Award and taking home the Audience Award as well!

Congratulations also go to #Xapix for winning the Newcomer Award!

GABA Rising Stars 2018


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.

Curtis McKee

Curtis McKee


Intel Capital

Aaron Jacobson

Aaron Jacobson


New Enterprise Associates - NEA

Oliver Hanisch

Oliver Hanisch

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

German Silicon Valley Innovators

Jens Horstmann

Jens Horstmann

Founding Director

Crestlight Ventures

Anders Ranum

Anders Ranum


Sapphire Ventures

Reza Malekzadeh

Reza Malekzadeh




Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Squire Patton Bogg

Wine Sponsor


Dessert Sponsor



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


Surrounded by vineyards the Thomas Fogarty Winery flows down the mountainside on three separate levels, each boasting awe-inspiring views of the San Francisco Bay Area. And, with the location just a short distance away from most Peninsula and Bay Area locations, it offers the perfect intimate, elegant, and relaxing setting for a memorable evening.

The Venue

The Thomas Fogarty Winery

19501 Skyline Boulevard
Woodside, California


Please note that there is NO self parking at the venue location
or in walking distance!

Click here for more information about the transportation options.

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