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IHK Berlin

Fasanenstr. 85

10623 Berlin


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Mark your calenders!

The annual STEP Alumni Party will take place in Berlin on June 5, 2019 this time.

What is STEP USA?

STEP USA is a 5-day startup bootcamp designed to assist German startups with their U.S. market entry. It has taken place 21 times already, the alumni network comprises 250 German startups, out of which 53 U.S. subsidiaries have resulted. Almost 30 of our alumni managed to raise a series A/B investment in the meantime. www.stepusa.io

In order to offer our guests even more content and excellent networking options we have decided to extend the program with two workshops on internationalization and a panel discussion in addition to the STEP Alumni pitches. Space is limited to 150 participants.

Another highlight: The winner of this year’s STEP Alumni Pitch will not only receive a free ticket for the “Newcomer of the Year Award” – a major performance show organized by the GACC New York in November 2019 - but will also be able to rock the stage and present his / her company to the corporate audience in New York!

As for the STEP Alumni Party we expect around 150 guests consisting of a great mix of startups, investors and corporates all active in the field of growth and innovation.

If you are a STEP USA Alumni or an aspiring STEP participant and would like to pitch your company to this amazing audience and reserve one of our limited pitch slots, please send an e-mail to adiewald(at)gaccny.com.

This event is free of charge.


4:00 pm: Admission & Registration

4:30 pm: Welcome Remarks:

Dietmar Rieg, CEO & President, GACC NY
Juergen Brueckmann: Division Head International Markets, IHK Berlin

4:40 pm: Keynote Speech: “How to scale your business internationally”

Rolf Kimmeyer, Manager Amazon Global Selling (EMEA)

5:10 pm: Fireside Chat: How to build your Business Network abroad / Market Entry Strategies to the U.S.

Susanne Gellert, VP, GACC NY
Brian Frumberg, CEO & Founder VentureOutNY

5:40 pm: Panel Discussion: Before STEP USA, after STEP USA – Experiences shared by STEP Alumni and internationalization experts on how to approach the American market tactically

Timon Meyer, CEO T-Base Consulting GmbH

Linda Wonneberger, CEO LindaBra GmbH
Hartmut Hahn, CEO Userlane GmbH
Thorsten Weber, CEO ZF Car E-wallet GmbH
Dr. Christian Herzog, Division Head Digital Business, Berlin Partner of Economics Technology GmbH
Max Wieberneit, President Meteoviva Inc.

6:45 pm: First networking break

7:00 pm: 5 STEP USA Alumni Pitches: The Winner gets a Ticket to the “Newcomer of the Year Award” in New York on Nov.6, 2019:


Bernd Korz, CEO Alugha GmbH
Steffen Holy, CEO Psoido, Fraunhofer Ausgruendung
Regina Kessler, CEO Genie Entreprise Inc.
Philipp Engelkamp, CFO Ineratec GmbH
Terence Hielscher, CEO MoBerries GmbH


Julian Riedlbauer, Partner GP Bullhound GmbH Berlin
Astrid Freier, Head of SAP.iO Foundry Berlin
Nico Gramenz, CEO Factory Berlin
Marc Bovenschulte, Director of Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) Berlin

7:40 PM: Networking & Reception

8:00 pm: Announcement of the winner of the “Newcomer of the Year Award” ticket

9:00 pm: End of the event

This event is brought to you by:

German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. - New York (GACC NY)

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York has promoted commerce between Germany and the U.S. for 70 years. During this time we have established ourselves as a modern service provider and a reliable partner in German-American business inquiries.
Contact: Andrea Diewald, Director Innovation, Investor & Startup Relations, GACC NY

Supported by:

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berlin (IHK Berlin)

"We regard ourselves as a joint venture by our 290,000 member companies in Berlin and we act on their behalf. As a strategic partner of companies and institutions in the city, we are dedicated to nurturing a business-friendly environment. As the political decision-making centre of Germany, Europe’s strongest economy, Berlin is an attractive place for international enterprises and institutions. We are delighted to support both local and foreign enterprises interested in doing business with each other. The IHK Berlin offers a wide range of assistance especially for our small and medium-sized member companies to enter foreign markets and find new partners in numerous countries abroad."

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