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 U.S.

The Western United States - Hub of Global Innovation

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

The Representative of German Business (GACC West) covers 12 states, which generate approximately 4.3 trillion USD, or about 25% of the total economic output of the United States. The West Coast with its metropolises Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle forms the engine of the U.S. economy. Each of these hubs has a unique ecosystem including important players such as entrepreneurs, established companies, research institutions and universities. Learn more about the global driver of innovation and take advantage of the variety of resources the U.S. West Coast has to offer.

Get to know the industries and strengths the U.S. West Coast has to offer and how we can help you to enter the U.S. market or get connected to German and American companies in this region.

Strengths of the Western United States

Innovation Ecosystem

Innovation Ecosystem

The U.S. West Coast is home to the world's most successful companies - and thus also home to a variety of disruptive technologies from autonomous driving to Industry 4.0. The unique composition of research and educational institutions, established companies and start-ups, top talents and experienced managers, as well as investors and other resources, is the foundation for the continuous technological and economic success of the region.

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Research, Development & Education

Research, Development & Education

The U.S. West Coast is home to many of the world's leading education and research institutions. From UC Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free-Speech movement and now the Technological Talent Academy, to Stanford University and the University of Washington, employers in this region have access to the best talent in the world.

The private sector is also investing heavily in research and development. In addition to the traditional development centers, some companies also operate industry-specific research centers, such as General Electric and IBM on IIoT in Silicon Valley.

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Industries of the Future

Industries of the Future

There is a reason why the U.S. West Coast is referred to being the technology epicenter of the world. While 20 years ago smartphones and cloud applications were considered the future, today they are an integral part of our daily lives. The U.S. West Coast has long since developed into a hub for the next wave of forward-looking technologies: Electric vehicles, Autonomous Driving, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Renewable Energies, the Food Revolution, the Future of Commercial Aviation - the trends for technology will continue to be set on the U.S. West Coast in the foreseeable future.

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Innovation Management

Innovation Management

Whether car sharing, social media platforms or personal computing: almost all of the groundbreaking radical innovations of recent decades have their origins on the U.S. West Coast. Many of the former start-ups have developed into established giants, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, Tesla, or AirBnB. It is unlikely that this changes very quickly in the future: The U.S. West Coast is home to over 90 "Unicorns", private companies worth more than 1 billion USD. That is more than twice as many as in the rest of the USA. On the West Coast you will find not only groundbreaking technologies - but also management practices to effectively bring the innovations and products to market and make them a commercial success.

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Venture Capital

Venture Capital

The innovation ecosystem on the U.S. West Coast, of course, also attracts investors who invest their risk capital in promising start-ups in the hope of high returns. So if you are an entrepreneur with a unique business idea, you will have access to a variety of investors. If you are an investor, you will have enough options to invest your venture capital!

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We Cover 12 Strong U.S. 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


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

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