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Chasing the American Dream| April 11 | Berlin

Chasing the American Dream – How to expand your digital business to the USA?

Internationalization is essential for expanding your digital business.

Breaking into foreign markets is an exciting opportunity for significant growth, greater revenues and competitive advantage. A study conducted by KPMG found that 82,7% of German startups plan an international expansion, and 34,4% of them are looking to expand to the USA!

Indeed, entering the dynamic transatlantic market is a risky and challenging enterprise, but it can a be truly lucrative business when done correctly. According to American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, 67% of German companies already operating in the American market place consider it as an attractive investement location and 79% of them voted that market conditions will either improve or remain the same.

During this event of our Forum International Business we will present the tools on how to plan and start your business expansion to the American market as a digital or high-tech business. You will learn from the best about establishing and developing your company on the other side of the Atlantic. We will look closely at common law, tax & compliance issues and provide a glimpse into the economical structure of specific States.

Best Practices, Case Studies, Experts in Discussion – start chasing your American Dream with us.

The ICT & Digital Business Association Berlin & Brandenburg started its project PointOut in order to make your American digital business be succesful. The goal of our project is to create a network for cooperation between the IT industry of Berlin and the digital hubs on the East Coast and West Coast of the USA. We do this through our active participation in international technological events overseas, close collaboration with local partners, and frequent organization of knowledgeable B2B networking events.

Questions, we will answer during this event:

  • What are the key steps to follow before and after moving to a transatlantic market?
  • What are the tax and regulatory considerations?
  • How to settle business structures attractive for investors ?
  • How do investment incentives change state by state?



Welcome Speech

Adam Formanek – Head of International B2B Projects @ SIBB

Matthes Derdack – CEO od Derdack Group and Member of Board | Speaker of Forum International Business

18:05 – 18:20

Key Note TBA

18:20 – 18:50

International Business Practices – Special focus on information regarding the time, budget and resources needed to establish the business in USA

1. Matthes Derdack, CEO of Derdack Group.

2. Marcel Hollerbach, Products Up GmbH.

3. Christian Hillemeyer, Director Communications, Babbel

18:50 – 19:30

Law & Compliance, Tax & Investments – Special focus on formalities regarding the financial & legal framework when establishing the business in USA


“The German Tax practice”

Daniel Ziska, SIBB Speaker of Forum Law, Tax & Compliance, CEO Meridium AG

“The U.S Tax pracitice”

Kameela Abdul-Wahab, Senior Manager Vistra International Expansion.


Dr. Gregor P.Ordon, Partner K&L Gates Jamka Sp.k

“Expanding to the USA – Top 10 Lega Issues”

19:30 – 19:40

Networking Break with Snacks & Drinks

19:40 – 20:00

Investment & Network

Hubert Moik – Board of Director Go Silicon Valley

20:00 – 20:20

What are the best American States to invest and when?

Stefan Peikert, Managing Direktor AHP International, Speaker of SIBB Forum International Business

20:30 – 20:50

In-depth panel discussion on the immigration, legal and financial/tax implications foreign entrepreneurs face when setting up a business in the United States.

20:50 – 22:00


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