Celebrating Excellence: Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse Receive the GABA Award of Excellence 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse, pioneers in the digital realm and heralds of the AI revolution, just received the prestigious GABA Award of Excellence. This dynamic transatlantic power couple has now joined the esteemed company of previous recipients like Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner, Co-Founder SAP, Andreas Bechtolsheim, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems and Arista Networks, Ulrike Malmendier, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and Member of the German Council of Economic Experts, Konstantin Guericke, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, Cyriac Roeding, Co-Founder of Earli and Shopkick, Sebastian Thrun, Co- Founder of Udacity and Founder of Google X and Gerhard Casper, the former President of Stanford University illuminating the trailblazing path they’ve carved.

A Legacy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

From their work scaling Intershop to a $12 billion market cap to founding Smaato, the leading independent Global Mobile Advertising and Real-Time Bidding Exchange, Petra and Ragnar have consistently been at the cutting edge of technology. Their contributions have not only shaped the tech landscape but have also fostered stronger US-German relations.

Pioneers in AI Integration

Today, with the AI.GROUP, Petra and Ragnar are at the forefront of integrating AI into the economy. Their initiatives, including AI.HAMBURG, AI.FUND, AI.STARTUP.HUB, and AI.IMPACT, are strengthening the tech ecosystem in Hamburg and beyond. Their relentless pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the transformative domain of AI, exemplifies the very essence of the GABA Award of Excellence.

“Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse are true ‘tech ambassadors’ who give generously of their time, passion and expertise to start-ups on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a great pleasure for the U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg to work with AI.GROUP on programs that promote transatlantic collaboration and support AI experts, entrepreneurs and thought leaders who want to shape a better future for us all.”
Jason Chue, U.S. Consul General, Hamburg

A Vision for the Future

Petra and Ragnar’s work is a testament to the power of visionary leadership. They remind us all that the future isn’t just to be predicted—it’s to be shaped. Their dedication to sustainable business practices and fostering international relations serves as an inspiration to all.

Join Us in Celebration

Join us in congratulating Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse for this well-deserved recognition. Let’s celebrate the indomitable spirit of innovation that defines our times and the individuals who lead the charge.

Read More about the full Interview: GABA Award Winners 2024: Petra Vorsteher and Ragnar Kruse – GABA Northern California

„What Petra and Ragnar have achieved with the numerous initiatives of their Hamburg-based AI.GROUP is truly groundbreaking. They encourage numerous young German talents to realize their potential and accompany them on their way to a successful AI startup. (Read more)
Oliver Schramm, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco

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