Discover the Western United States

Discover your opportunities in the Western United States. As the official representative of the German economy, the GACC West is your partner for a successful market entry in the Western US.

The Western United States - Hub of Global Innovation

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The twelve States in our region represent almost 25% of the GDP of the United States. Metropolitan areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Seattle are among the world's leading innovation ecosystems, attracting entrepreneurs, established firms, research institutions, VC fundings and universities. It also offers a variety of resources.

Tap into the regional strengths and innovative power of the US West Coast to learn about breakthrough technologies and foster innovation. Learn more about the industries and focus areas of the Western US and how we can help you to gain a foothold and to empower your innovation journey through a successful market entry and company foundation.

Our Focus Industries

Mega Trends Silicon Valley & Beyond

  • Generative AI
  • DAOs / Blockchain / Crypto
  • AI in Cyber Security
  • Web 3 / Metaverse / XR
  • IoT & M2M Economy
  • Future of Work & Digital Leadership
  • Climate Tech

Generative AI

AI that can independently create new digital images, videos, audios, texts or codes, which not only finds application in the creative sector as well as in business processes, but also, for example, in protein synthesis.

The new SV hype could create $10 Bn in economic value, according to Sequoia Capital.

DAOs / Blockchain / Crypto

DAOs are decentralized autonomous organizations that are primarily controlled by the members rather than an entity. They can operate on open source blockchain protocols controlled by a set of rules created by the elected members.

AI in Cyber Security

AI and ML are able to quickly analyze millions of events and detect many different types of threats - from malware that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities to detecting risky behavior that could lead to a phishing attack or the download of malicious codes.

Web 3 / Metaverse / XR

The 3rd generation of the internet is expected to become more autonomous, intelligent and open. Technologies like AI, Big Data, Blockchain, 3-D & VR, etc. are leading to website and apps processing data in an intelligent, human-like way. In this context, the metaverse is being driven by Web 3 as a device-independent virtual space.

IoT & M2M Economy

Machine-to-Machine is an economy in which intelligent, autonomous, networked, and economically independent machines or devices act as participants, performing the necessary production, sales, and distribution activities with little or no human intervention.

Future of Work & Digital Leadership

Skilled labor shortages, hybrid working and the workplace of the future are also driving new technology and ideologies in the Valley. Many of the digital collaboration tools originate in the Valley, but AI, robotics and the metaverse will also revolutionize the working environment of tomorrow.

Climate Tech

VC investment in climate technologies has grown rapidly in recent years. Precision agriculture, alternative proteins, biofuels, storage systems and carbon capture are some of the technologies being advanced in the Valley.

Market Opportunities for German Companies

+ Climate Tech

The global market for climate technologies is expected to reach a market value of USD 147.5 billion by 2032, registering an annual growth rate of 24.2%. Within the U.S., California records the highest VC investments in climate technologies and also promotes them statewide.

Innovative climate technologies play a crucial role in decarbonizing and increasing the efficiency of the industry. This offers great market opportunities for German SMEs.

+ Battery production and recycling

The future of mobility is electric, and the US is well on its way to realizing this vision. Electric vehicle sales are up a whopping 66% and expected sales are expected to reach $61.18 billion by 2023. A significant part of this growth story is taking place in California.

As German companies are pioneers in the field of electromobility, they have good opportunities to establish ties in the US market.

+ Sustainable Packaging and Circular Economy

The market for sustainable packaging is also growing considerably and will reach an estimated value of USD 470.3 billion by 2027. Globally, around USD 1.3 billion will be invested in the circular economy to increase recycling rates. California is leading the way by investing $270 million over the next three years to improve recycling systems and the circular economy.

Germany has been a global leader in the circular economy since 2012 through the implementation of its resource efficiency program. Combining Germany’s lead in research and development with investments in the US also holds great potential for innovation and sales.

+ Aviation

In the far north of the USA, Washington State is still considered the best location for aircraft manufacturing in the USA. The aviation cluster in Seattle is the largest in the world and is home to Boeing, among others. The aviation market is expected to grow by more than 5% annually between 2022 and 2027.

There is great potential here in the exchange between representatives from business and science in the field of sustainable aviation between Germany and the USA. In particular, the focus is on alternative fuels and new, less carbon-intensive turbines.

Interested for more?

Are you interested in markets on the US West Coast? Or would you like to know about current trends and innovations from Silicon Valley and beyond?

We summarize all the important information in our market studies & trend reports.

Click here for the reports

We Cover 12 Strong US States


California Dreaming - the State of New Ideas & Innovation


Not Only the Northern Lights Illuminate Alaska, the State Also Offers Some of the Highest Hydroelectric Power Potential


Dreaming Big – Aloha from the Clean Energy Front Runner Hawaii


The Gem State - Instead of Idaho's Famous Potatoes, You Might as Well Discover a New Hidden Gem for Growing Your Business


Farmland and Nationalparks - Agriculture, Timber and Tourism


Vegas, Baby! From Aerospace to Tech, Much More Than Casinos

New Mexico

Home to the Largest Natural Gas Field in the U.S., Here Your Business Can Really Take Off


The Northwest's Hidden Treasure for Doing Business


Welcome to the Home of the Silicon Slopes

Washington State

A Space Needle for Many Industries - The birthplace of Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks and Co.


New Wind in Wyoming - the Next Upcoming State for Renewable Energy

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