About Us

FIBA Office Space

Launched in 2016 by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) is a technology accelerator designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth tech ventures in the Tampa Bay area.

Our primary goal is to help best in breed hi-tech companies scale and reach their full growth potential in the United States. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator is designed to meet the needs of mature companies, ready to enter the U.S. market. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator provides deep industry expertise and curated access to an ever-expanding group of industry experts, major corporations, key suppliers and a syndicate of potential investors.

Our Mission

To identify, launch and accelerate innovative Florida and Israeli companies, which can solve challenging problems of U.S. industries by providing a platform that powers the success of their solutions.

Our Vision

To transform the Tampa Bay area into a nationally recognized hub of high-tech enterprise and site for foreign and domestic venture capital by attracting and growing dynamic global startups to the region.

Our Team

Jack Ross

Jack Ross

Executive Director

Jack Ross is the executive director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator; a first-of-its-kind project of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation.

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Saru Seshadri

Saru Seshadri

COO

Saru Seshadri is the COO of FIBA and is responsible all defining its strategies, creating and executing the program offerings of FIBA.

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Rakefet Bachur

Rakefet Bachur

Executive Director of Marketing

Rakefet is the Executive Director of Marketing and the American-Israeli liaison for FIBA.

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Ed Amato

Ed Amato

Special Liaison & Military SME

Colonel (Retired) Edward J. Amato graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989, and was commissioned in the Infantry.

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 Why Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area boasts a dynamic and emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem with a number of successful business initiatives already in place. With the University of South Florida, a major research university, within its city limits and one of the nation’s fastest growing populations, it is quickly becoming a center for innovation. Tampa Bay also provides near year around sunshine and a bevy of amenities to be enjoyed, including beaches and world-class sports and arts venues. To learn more about why the Tampa Bay Area is a great place to launch your startup's U.S. presence, click here.