German-American Business Forum 4.0

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22.06.2017 | 08:30
- 18:30
Industrie-Club Düsseldorf | Elberfelder Str. 6 | 40213 Düsseldorf

The German American Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce, would like to invite you to the 4th German-American Business Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The event targets German companies seeking to establish business relationships in the US. It also encourages the exchange of ideas with some of the highest-ranking representatives of German companies in the US, and provides an exclusive platform to network with participating representatives from a wide variety of industries.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:30 am – 6:30 pm


In its fourth year and inspired by the term "Industry 4.0", the German-American Business Forum 4.0 will revolve around the current trend of automation, computerization and big data across different industries and sectors. Topics include current transatlantic relations, energy and industry.The event also focuses on discussions and workshops addressing practical questions for conducting business in the US. Don't miss out on this chance to learn directly from C-level executives of German companies who have successfully completed their market entry into the US.


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 8:30am     Registration & Breakfast

 9:00am   Welcome and Introduction

·         Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce of the U.S. (GACCs)

·         Andreas Schmitz, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Düsseldorf

9:15am   Keynote

·         Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy, SME and Handcraft of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia 

9:30am   Opening Panel: German-American Business Relations 4.0

10:30am   Coffee Break

11:00am  Future Report: ECONOMY 4.0 (Keynote & Introduction)

11:15am  Panel: ECONOMY 4.0

12:45pm   Lunch Break and Networking

1:30pm  MARKET ENTRY WORKSHOPS (parallel 2x 45 min each)


2:15pm         1. Startups 4.0

Moderator: Rene van den Hoevel, GACC San Francisco

2. Sales Strategies

Moderator: Mark Tomkins, GACC Midwest

3. Legal Framework & Risks

​Moderator: Susanne Gellert, GACC New York 

4. Vocational Education and Training

Moderator: Stefanie Jehlitschka, GACC South

5. Site Selection (U.S. Economic Development)

Moderator: tbc

​3:00pm   Coffee Break

3:30pm  Future Report: ENERGY 4.0 (Keynote & Introduction)

3:45pm  Panel: ENERGY 4.0

5:00pm   Networking Reception

6:30pm    End of Event