German-American Business Community (GABC)

Your personal and professional improvement is the goal of the activities of the German-American Business Community (GABC) at the Carl-Schurz-Haus.

The GABC regards itself as a network of local businesses facilitating a German-American business dialog.

In cooperation with the Carl-Schurz-Haus/Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut e.V., the GABC offers different events addressing current topics including German and American politics, economics, and societal questions.

For posts on upcoming events and speakers plus updates from our GABC members, visit our LinkedIn Showcase Page!

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Upcoming Events

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Tu, 11.07.2024, 19:00 - Was, wenn Trump zurückkommt? Vier Strategien, wie Deutschland sich wappnen kann
Presentation from Dr. Christoph von Marschall, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin | Im Rahmen der Reihe "Beispiellos: Die US-Präsidentschaftswahlen 2024"
Event Language: Deutsch
Admission free
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Tu, 25.06.2024, 19:15 - KI & Me: Der Walhkampf und die Könstliche Intelligenz (online)
Talk with Dr. Katja Muñoz, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Berlin and Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber, Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Bochum | Im Rahmen der Reihe "Beispiellos: Die US-Präsidentschaftswahlen 2024"
Event Language: Deutsch
Admission free
more info

Th, 04.07.2024, 16:00-22:00 - Independence Day Party!
Join us for our annual Independence Day Party with activities for the whole faimly to enjoy! A great chance to network with others in our German-American community in a causal setting.
Event Language: German & English
Event Location: Ganter Hausbiergarten, Leo-Wohleb-Str. 4
Admission free
more info

Th, 11.07.2024, 17:00 - U.S. Election Absentee Voting (online)
Event with Kristen Nagle, U.S. Vice Consul & Voting Assistance Officer, Frankfurt a.M.
Event Language: English
more info

Sa, 20.07.2024, 11:00-15:00 - Voter Registration for U.S. Citizens
Get registered to vote with the help of our Federal Voting Assistance Officers
Eintrittfrei
Veranstaltungsspreache: Englisch
more info

We, 07.08.2024, 13:30-14:00 - Lunchbreak with GABC, episode 12 (online)
A quick, live update featuring tips on business life and an interview with one of our GABC members. Tune in to learn while you lunch!
Event Language: English
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Past Events

Th, 14 March 2024, 19:00 - International Women's Day Business Networking Event
A woman-centric, interactive networking event
Our 6th annual women's business networking event will bring together professionals from various fields to share their stories and lead small group discussions about issues women face in the workplace. Join us to learn about shared struggles and accomplishments and to actively participate in discussions on how to #InspireInclusion

Networking language: German & English

Tu, 05.03.2024, 12:15 - Luncheon-Talk with Prof. Christel Kesler, Colby College, Maine
This talk explores major trends in gender inequalities in the labor market across a number of economies on both sides of the Atlantic, through the course of the pandemic and up through the present; how social policies, such as those related to work-family reconciliation, help to make sense of variation across countries; and what lessons we learn for the future about gender inequalities and social policy.
Event Language: Englisch

Fr, 24.11.2023, 19:00 - Thanksgiving Business Dinner
Our annual Thanksgiving Business Dinner with guest speaker. This is an invite-only event for our GABC members, collaboration partners, and special guests of the Carl-Schurz-Haus.

We, 08.11.2023, 13:30-14:00 - LunchBreak with GABC, episode 11 (online)
A quick, live update featuring tips on relocating to Germany from Tarik Boumahdi of MOVE-IN and an interview with Dr. Jan Barth of ADVANT Beiten, one of our GABC members. Tune in to learn while you lunch!
with Guest Host Friederike Schulte, Director of the Carl-Schurz-Haus
Watch on YouTube

Mo, 16.10.2023, 17:00 - Mittelstand goes International: The Next Silicon Valley(s) in the US
Panel discussion with experts shariing heir experiences on the U.S. market and perspectives for attractive tech locations beyond Silicon Valley.
Panelists include...
Zak Manuel, Chief of Marketing & Portfolio Officer for Conductix-Wampfler Group
Marius Westermann, CEO of SensoPart
Will Evans, Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State
Christian Mittermaier, Co-Founder of constellr
Robert Gibbons, Chief Digital Officer of Wiferion
With a keynote from Gerhard Manz on "Emerging Tech Locations in the U.S." and moderation from Dr Birgit Münchbach, Co-Director of the bwcon SIG Internationalisierung and attorney at ADVANT Beiten.
Event language is German

We, 02.08.2023, 13:30-14:00 - LunchBreak with GABC, episode 10! (online)
A quick, live update featuring tips on how to freelance in Germany from Hannah Teslin of Business Babes Abroad and an interview with Christiane Beinroth of AZURATE, one of our GABC members. Tune in to learn while you lunch!
watch on YouTube

We, 26.07.2023, 15:00-16:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs (online)
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking. Meetings are open to all English speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit!

We, 19.07.2023, 13:00-14:30 - Lunchtime Business Networking
This summertime lunchtime networking event will focus on furthering discussions about equity in the workplace. #EmbraceEquity
Location: Weingut Dilger, Urachstr. 3 in Freiburg
more info

Tu, 04.07.2023, 19:00 - Networking Corner at the CSH Independence Day Party
Come celebrate the 4th of July by making new connections!
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We, 28.06.2023, 19:00 - Making it in Germany: Lessons Learned & Useful Tips from International Entrepreneurs
A panel discussion and networking with international entrepreneurs about trying to 'make it' in Germany. Listen and learn as panelists Patrick Bastien of learneezee.com, Mirna Jahnke of Souk Baladeh, and Jorrell Rush-Kittle of BrAuerhahn share their entrepreneurial journeys.
Ashley Matthäus, head of the German-American-Business Community, shares her research on the subject as she moderates the event and Markus Czogalla from the IHK Südlicher Oberrhein fields pertinent questions and offers insight.
watch on YouTube

We, 24.05.2023, 15:00-16:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs (online)
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking. Meetings are open to all English speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit!

We, 17.05.2023, 13:30-14:00 - LunchBreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring techniques for stress-prevention and more energy & creativity in the workplace from Kirsten Haenle of humor impulse plus an interview with Chief of Staff Maik Thiesling of Visual Statements, one of our GABC members. Tune in to learn while you lunch!
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We, 19.04.2023, 19:00 - Webinar on NFT and Blockchain
What is Blockchain and, more importantly, what can it do for you or your business? David López-Kurtz, Founder of BSL Group and Attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP (US), and Daniel Noto, BI Consultant at novofactum, will give us some practical insights. Questions from the audience are welcome!
watch on YouTube

We, 29.03.2023, 15:00-16:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs (online)
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking. Meetings are open to all English speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit!

We, 15.03.2023, 18:30-20:30 - International Women's Day Business Networking
A woman-centric, interactive networking event with a diverse panel of speakers to lead a discussion about women in the workplace.
Our 5th annual women's business networking event will bring together professionals from various fields to share their stories and lead small group discussions about issues women face in the workplace. Join us to learn about shared struggles and accomplishments and to actively participate in discussions on how to #EmbraceEquity.

We, 01.02.2023, 12:30-13:00 - LunchBreak with GABC (online)
A quick, live update featuring tips on getting brewing with Jorrell Rush-Kittle of BrAuerhahn and an interview with Dr. Sebastjan Varljen and Dr. Stefan Scholz of dentprevent & dentesthetics, one of our GABC members. Tune in to learn while you lunch!
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We, 25.01.2023, 13:00-14:30 - Lunchtime Networking Mixer
Volker Brunner, CEO of Saier GmbH, will present The VALUE of Company VALUES: How to Navigate in a Complex, Uncertain and High-Speed World. If you are hiring, between jobs, or simply want to network with others in Freiburg, come join us! A light lunch will be provided.
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Mo, 19.12.2022, 17:00-17:30 - Inspiring Career Paths: Blake Boles on Being Self-Employed (online)
This talk is limited to 30 minutes and will be filled with real-life experience, practical tips, and some inspiration to get you started down your career path.
watch on YouTube

We, 30.11.2022, 16:00-17:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Zoom Meeting
Meetings are centered around skill share, collaboration, and networking and are open to all English-speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Fr, 25.11.2022 - Thanksgiving Business Dinner
With a special guest speaker David McCuan.

We, 09.11.2022, 12:30-13:00 - LunchBreak with GABCA quick, live update with a US midterm election breakdown from Jason Brown plus an interview with Christine Louise Hohlbaum of Hohlbaum PR & Social Media, one of our GABC members.
watch on YouTube

Th, 03.11.2022, 19:00-20:00 - How to find lifelong joy in your career
Award-winning strategist LeTonya Clark will outline strategies you can apply to your professional journey immediately.
Presentation and Q&A with LeTonya Clark, Altitude Consulting and Coaching LLC and DHBWL International Lecturer
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Th, 13.10. - So, 16.10.2022 - Democratic Vistas: 70 Jahre Carl-Schurz-Haus
A weekend filled with talks, special guests, and family fun! U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Amy Gutmann, will ceremoniously kick things off on Thursday, October 13 followed by an exhibition opening on Friday entitled Hometown by photographer Barbara Peacock. On Saturday, October 15, we will host several transatlantic talks in a "Pop-Up Think Tank". Finally, on Sunday, an exciting program for the whole family awaits you at the Carl-Schurz-Haus with live music and many interactive activities.
more info here

We, 28.09.2022, 15:00-16:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Meeting
Meetings are centered around skill share, collaboration, and networking and are open to all English-speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Mo, 19.09.2022, 15:00-18:00 - Voter Registration & US Visas
With mix & mingle for expats and refugees.

We, 03.08.2022, 12:30-13:00 - LunchBreak with GABC
A quick, live update with tips from Shannon Janke of Wasserschwein am Rhein (instagram: @wasserschweinamrhein_seifen) on how to balance a full-time job and pursue a side venture plus an interview with Dr Marcus Neumann of Avant-Garde Materials Simulation, one of our GABC members.
Watch on YouTube here

We, 27.07.2022, 13:30-14:30 - Women's Business Networking Event Follow-Up
A casual lunchtime networking event for women as a follow-up to our Women's Business Networking Event from March. #BreakTheBias

Sa, 02.07.2022 - Annual 4th of July Celebration
The Carl-Schurz-Haus celebrates the 4th of July (Independence Day) with live music and a full program, including a GABC networking corner.

Mo, 27.06.2022, 17-19:30 - Open Door & Networking for Refugees in Freiburg
Shchyro zaproshuiemo do znaiomstva z nashym instytutom i nashymy partneramy!
Get to know our institute and connect with our partners! Visit our all-English library, discover our cultural events, and learn about our English course offers. Then participate in a networking event to connect with potential employers, cultural institutes, and/or refugee aide operations in Freiburg. Childcare will be provided by our English-speaking teaching staff during the event for kids aged 4-12.

We, 25.05.2022, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Meeting
Meetings are centered around skill share, collaboration, and networking and are open to all English-speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit
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We, 11.05.2022, 20:00 - Taking control of your time
A talk from Djahane Banoo of Align Coaching on why productivity sucks and what you should do instead. Join us and learn about how to gain more focus, momentum, and balance.

We, 04.05.2022, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring Sarah Winkler of the Energieagentur Regio Freiburg GmbH with first steps you can take towards a green office plus a short interview with Tobias Bobka of Bobka Mittelstandsberatung, one of our GABC members. Tune in!
watch on YouTube

Mo, 25.04.2022, 17:00 - Inspiring Career Paths: Sammy Wymer and Coding
Sammy Wymer taught herself to code and recently started working in the field. Join us online to hear her story and ask her questions about how she did it. This talk is limited to 30 minutes and will be filled with real-life experience, practical tips, and some inspiration to get you started down your career path.
watch on YouTube

We, 30.03.2022, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Meeting
Let's talk marketing and Gen Z! Meetings are centered around skill share, collaboration, and networking and are open to all English-speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

We, 16.03.2022, 18:30 - Design Your Year
An online workshop with Francesca Carlin that will help you to create meaningful goals and reach them in exciting and manageable steps.

We, 09.03.2022, 18:30 - Women's Networking Event
We are excited to once again facilitate an online platform for international working women. Our 4th annual women's business networking event will bring together professionals from various fields to share their stories and lead small group discussions about issues women face in the workplace. Join us to learn about shared struggles and accomplishments and to actively participate in discussions on how to #breakthebias.

We, 02.02.2022, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring Vira Mistry with tips for creating an inclusive work space and Kim-André Vives, Head of International for SÜDVERS GmbH, who will tell us about the importance of risk management when expanding to the US. Tune in!
watch on YouTube

We, 26.01.2022, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Meeting
It’s our first meeting of the year and we will discuss targets/goals for the new year and share some organizational tips with one another.
Meetings are centered around skill share, collaboration, and networking and are open to all English-speakers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

We, 15.12.2021, 18:30 - Finding your footing during international transitions
Christiane Beinroth of AZURATE will discuss the importance of "anchors" and how to focus on overall goals in life as a stability factor during times when our "outer identity" shifts.
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Fr, 26.11.2021 - Thanksgiving Business Dinner
Annual dinner networking event with a special guest speaker.
You can listen to the recording of our special guest speaker, Arthur Landwehr of SWR, here.

We, 24.11.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking.

We, 10.11.2021, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
Featuring Nicole Palazzo of the ExpatCast with tips on how to podcast as well as an interview with GABC member and freelance filmmaker Bernd Kulow. Tune in!
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We, 27.10.2021, 19:00 - IP and Data Protection in the US and Germany
A webinar with a panel of transatlantic legal professionals from the US and Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in Freiburg.
watch recording

We, 06.10.2021, 18:30 - Developing a Digital Marketing Strategy with Beazy
Learn how to develop your brand’s story and how to best utilize social media platforms from the creative experts at Beazy.
watch recording

We, 29.09.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking.

We, 04.08.2021, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring Peter Strohm on the AI and current growth of Jedox and Sarah Wagner presents a taste of TikTok for business. Tune in!
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We, 29.09.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking.

We, 04.08.2021, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring Peter Strohm on the AI and current growth of Jedox and Sarah Wagner presents a taste of TikTok for business. Tune in!
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We, 28.07.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking.
register here

Sa, 24.07.2021, 11:00 - DAI Gaming Day!
The German-American Institutes are excited to announce their first-ever Gaming Day! Join us for tournament-style gaming and friendly match-ups with popular games such as Mario Kart and League of Legends. This event will be livestreamed via Twitch - so you can play from anywhere!
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Su, 04.07.2021, 12:30 - 4th of July Party (members-only event)
This year's celebration is even more special to us because it will be a members-only event, exclusively for members of the Carl-Schurz-Haus! Let's fire up the grill and enjoy some barbecue, have cool drinks, and listen to live music!
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Fr-Su, 18-20.06.2021 - Hackathon Freiburg: Kunst & Kultur
This year, the Hackathon combines creativity, innovation and technology with the arts and culture scene. Join us to contribute your digital skills and ideas!
more info

Tu, 15.06.2021, 15:00 - Doing Business in the US
This event focuses on the internationalization of German IT companies to the US. Panel discussions include how to enter the US market, success factors, and lessons learned from failures.
register via bwcon Portal

We, 19.05.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs
Join us via Zoom for skill share, discussion of current events affecting entrepreneurs, and open networking.
register here

We, 05.05.2021, 12:30 - Lunchbreak with GABC
A quick, live update featuring Bert Sutter on how Sutter Medizintechnik survived the pandemic and our top three English email mistakes with trainer Meg McGill. Tune in!
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Mo, 26.04.2021, 18:30 - Being a Digital Nomad
Philipp Karl shares his experience on being a digital nomad in Portugal, currently one of the most popular destinations for working remotely.
register here

We, 24.03.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Group
The English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Group helps promote skill share, collaboration, and networking within the English-speaking community. Join us online for our second meeting online. See you there!
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We, 10.03.2021, 18:30 - International Women's Day Business Networking
This year we will celebrate International Women's Day online with a business networking event for women.#ChooseToChallenge
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We, 03.02.2021, 18:30 - Setting Priorities & Achieving Goals
with Ariane Schüßler, der Ariane Faden
In this interactive online workshop, Ariane Schüßler will outline 3 aspects that are imperative to achieving your goals.
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We, 27.01.2021, 15:00 - English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Group Kick Off
The GABC is establishing an English-Speaking Entrepreneurs Group to help promote skill share, collaboration, and networking within the English-speaking community. Join us online for this first event where we will outline goals and meeting structure. We look forward to your input!
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Digital Entrepreneurship Pilot Program starting January 18th
The German-American Business Community at the Carl-Schurz-Haus and Learneezee have partnered up to introduce this pilot project, which aims to enhance digital and entrepreneurial readiness. We are offering 4 mini ‘teaser’ courses to help garner interest before the program officially kicks off:
Team Building & Engagement with Celine Grenier
Entrepreneurship & Leadership with Patrick Bastien
Diversity & Inclusion in Digital Spaces with Vira Mistry
Intercultural Sensitivity with Jeff Burrowes

Fr, 27.11.2020, 13:00-14:30 - Digital Speed Networking
Let's harness the technology of today and embark in a fast-paced online networking event. Be ready to instantly connect with professionals from Freiburg and beyond.
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Tu, 17.11.2020, 13.00-14:30 - How to Crowdfund & Self-Publish
with Blake Boles (US), Writer, Speaker, Adventurer
Blake Boles will share his real-life experiences and the lessons he's learned through crowdfunding. Additionally, he will speak to his journey of becoming a self-published author.
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We, 14.10.2020, 18.00-19.30 - Futur F Kick-Off Event via Zoom
with Sara Boukal, Founder of Futur F plus Christine Steinhart and Charlotte Brenn
We want to boost Female Entrepreneurs in Freiburg, build a vibrant and encouraging women’s network, and inspire women to thrive.
Join us! Come learn about what we do and become a part of the Futur-F Network!
#thefutureisfemale
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Tu, 07.07.2020, 18.00-19.30
- Presenting Your Best Self Online
The pandemic has changed all of our lives. Now we are doing presentations, teaching classes, and engaging with colleagues in a virtual space that comes with its own set of challenges.
with Francesca Carlin, www.francescacarlin.com
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Sa, 27.06.2020, 11.30-13.30 - The Art of Small Talk
Small talk can help set the foundation for mutual goals as well as bridge the awkwardness of cultural differences.
with Patrick Bastien, www.learneezee.com
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Fr-Su, 22-24.05.2020 - Hackathon 2020: Smart Health
Further information at hackathon-freiburg
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We, 13.05.2020, 18:00 - Beyond Time Management
This workshop will help you cultivate laser-like focus, take control of your day, and increase productivity.
with Djahane Banoo, PhD vom Align Coaching
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We, 01.04.2020, 18:30 - The Power of No for Women in the Workplace
This is a transformational workshop for driven yet highly sensitive women who desire career success.
with Tanya Dantus
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Tu, 03.03.2020, 18:30 - International Women's Day: Business Networking für Frauen
An all-female event with a diverse panel of speakers to lead a discussion about women in the workplace.
see event

We, Jan 29th 2020, 12:30-14:30 - Lunchtime Networking Mixer
A lively lunchtime networking mixer with a short presentation. Ideal for those looking to make the most of their lunch breaks.
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Fr, 06.12.2019 - Thanksgiving Business Dinner
Annual dinner networking event with a special guest speaker (exclusively for GABC members and special guests only)

Th, Nov 7th  2019, 4-7pm - My Digital Revolution: Artificial Intelligence - China, the USA & the EU
Keynote lecture & panel discussionen with experts in economy, science & media.
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We, October 23rd 2019, 6:30-8:30pm - What is Design Thinking? (interactive workshop)
with Djahane Banoo, PhD of Align Coaching
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Fr, June 28th 2019, 5pm - #Hackathon-Etappe 2: Hands On for Intelligent Apps!
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Fr, May 17th 2019, 4-7pm - Business Speed Networking
With American guest speaker and entrepreneur Patrick Bastien of Jedox.
see event

Tu, March 12th 2019, 6:30pm - International Women's Day: Women's Networking
With an introductory talk by Ulrike Friebe, Stryker Women's Network
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Fr, November 23rd 2018 - Thanksgiving Business Dinner
Annual dinner networking event with a special guest speaker (GABC members-only invite)

Th, October 18th 2018, 4-7pm - My Digital Revolution: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence
Keynote Lecture & Panel Discussionen with experts in economy, science & media
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Fr, June 22nd 2018, 6 pm - Hackathon 2018: Digital Solutions for Your Smart City Freiburg
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Fr, April 20th 2018, 4-7pm - Business Speed Networking
Bring your business cards and get ready to mingle! With guest speakers Ralf Steinemann of iTernity and American Marketer Rebecca Watson.
see event

Tu, March 6th 2018, 7pm - Transforming Identities, Communities & Businesses in a Changing Media World
Round-Table Talk with Jon Nichols (GABC members-only invite)
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Mo, Feb 26th 2018, 6:30pm - Toolkit for a Successful Startup
Talk & Discussion with Gideon Marks, Tel Aviv & San Francisco
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Th, 12.10.2017, 16-19 Uhr - My Digital Revolution: The Future of Work & Politics
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