November 16, 2017 | University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA


ECIF: The East Coast Industry Forum is your dynamic platform for meaningful business dialogue.


Join the influential leaders of the transatlantic economy for engaging discussions on what is affecting their industries and yours.


November’s event builds on the successes of the previous two years with panels of decision-makers representing industries at the heart of the German American economy.

Don’t miss this essential forum for all international business representatives.


On the agenda are keynote speeches and panel discussions that cover the following topics:

  • Nanotechnology and Innovation
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Insider Impressions in Technology Transfer
  • Logistics and Smart Distribution


This conference targets German and American businesses located throughout the Northeast.




Philadelphia Gala

Combo Pricing

Early Bird

(until 9/22/17)




Student/ Young Professional





(after 9/22/17)








This year, the East Coast Industry Forum will take place in Philadelphia on the same day as the GACC Philadelphia Annual Gala. Combination tickets can be purchased to attend both events.


A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.





Registration & Light Lunch

Opening & Welcome Remarks

Fireside Chat: Nanotechnology

Panel - "Insider Impressions in Technology Transfer"

Transfer of Technology (TOT) is a growing and extremely complex process involving research facilities, technology brokers and private businesses. The rapid movement of innovations, knowledge, techniques and selling intellectual property is essential for the for-profit sector. We will take a look at how the commercialization of technology R&D evolves into profitable business investments for VCs and established companies, alike. This high-stake channel may arguably be

considered as the most dynamic commodity in the nanotech world. Our expert panelists will provide first-hand impressions into this fast-paced accelerating market.



Coffee Break & Refreshments

Panel - "The Path to Smart Distribution: Logistics and Transportation"

Aligning the right product with the perfect timing, place and conditions is what combined logistics and transportation are all about. Fulfilling these requirements is becoming even more challenging in a drastically evolving technological environment. Our forum will address the shift from traditional supply chains to open supply networks and draw attention to how your business must evolve with the advancing complexity of logistics networks - or face your “last mile”.


Closing Remarks


18th Annual Gala Reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Honoring SAP America, Inc. for their Innovation Shaping Change

Please click here for more information on the Annual Philadelphia Gala.

Event Partners

Confirmed Speakers

Don Cunningham

President & CEO, LVEDC

David Gates

President & Managing Director, Gates & Company

David Gill

Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York

Tamur Goudarzi Pour

Vice President, The Americas at Lufthansa Group Airlines

Dr. Mark Allen

Scientific Director, Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Jim Tyrrell

CRO, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Bruce White

Chairman, German American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia

Michael Blaustein

Business Advisor & Partner, MAB Innovation Group LLC

Jim Kenney

Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Beth Cohen


Director, Business Strategy and Innovation Counsel,

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld

Mark S. Trabbold

Director of Business Development,

Ben Franklin Tech Partners

Ludwig Willisch

Vice-Chairman, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Ryan Mendoza

Assistant Director, PCI Ventures

Michael Massaad

Business Development Executive, NTM Global


Thank you to the GACC NY's Annual Gold Sponsors:

Thank you to the GACC NY's Annual Silver Sponsors:

Coffee Break Sponsor:

Ad Sponsor:

Thank you to the GACC Philadelphia's Annual Sponsors:

Lanyard Sponsor:

Exhibitor Sponsor:

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Promotional Partners




The Inn at Penn - Website

3600 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Sheraton Philadelphia University City - Website

3549 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology,

University of Pennsylvania,

3205 Walnut St,

Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania,

3205 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Click here for directions!

Lydia Sarson T: +1 (215) 501-7102 |

Irene Fuchs T: +1 (212) 974-8841 |

Susanne Rehse T: +1 (212) 974-8836 |


German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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