GABA is pleased to announce that Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse, Founding Partners of AI.GROUP and Co-Founders of Smaato , will receive the GABA Award of Excellence 2024 for their outstanding contributions to transatlantic business relations and their inspirational success stories on both sides of the Atlantic.

Petra Vorsteher

Petra Vorsteher

Founding Partner of the AI.GROUP and Co-Founder of Smaato

Ragnar Kruse

Ragnar Kruse

Founding Partner and Managing Director of the AI.GROUP and Co-Founder of Smaato

Petra is a serial tech entrepreneur and has more than 40 years of business experience in the US, Europe and Asia.

She moved to the US in 1980 and has been a Bay Area resident since 1981.

Petra is Founding Partner of the AI.GROUP which consists of the not for profit AI network AI.HAMBURG, the Venture Capital Fund AI.FUND and the Venture Studio AI.IMPACT.

She is also Co- Founder of the AI.STARTUP.HUB, an excelerator funded by the German Government; the Transatlantic aiXchange and the AI4Germany network.

All activities have the aim of bringing AI into the economy, promoting AI startups and providing international AI expertise to companies. Accelerating AI adoption, working with universities to implement AI education programs, as well as supporting the growth of promising AI start-ups and deepen the exchange between the US and Germany between experts, startups, investors in the AI ecosystems is the goal.

AI with a positive Impact for humanity is at the heart of all her activities.

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As a serial entrepreneur with 40+ years experience in IT, Ragnar understands the unique opportunities and challenges in bringing new technologies to International markets. He has built up several successful companies from inception to market launch and IPO in both the US and Europe.

Ragnar is Founding Partner and Managing Director of the AI.GROUP which consists of the not for profit AI network AI.HAMBURG, the Venture Capital Fund AI.FUND and the Venture Studio AI.IMPACT.

He is also Co-Founder of the AI.STARTUP.HUB, an accelerator funded by the German Government; the Transatlantic aiXchange and the AI4Germany network.

All activities have the aim of bringing AI into the economy, promoting AI startups and providing international AI expertise to companies. Accelerating AI adoption, working with universities to implement AI education programs, as well as supporting the growth of promising AI start-ups and deepen the exchange between the US and Germany between experts, startups, investors in the AI ecosystems is the goal.

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