Every year around this time thoughts turn to what we are thankful for. Being thankful for our family and friends and loved ones are givens, but after the inaugural year of FIBA, the idea of connections that we have been focusing on is at the forefront of the list of items to be thankful for. The connection FIBA has with Israel is something to be thankful for. The creativity and innovative thinking that is being brought to the US from Israel through FIBA makes us Continue reading →

Tevatronic Update

Tevatronic participated in the first cohort of companies to join FIBA. An agricultural-technology company that optimizes the irrigation processes, reduces waste, and increases farm yields, Tevatronic has been full steam ahead since starting the FIBA program. Over the last year Tevatronic improved and polished their sales pitch in Kentucky, increased their pool of customers in Israel and abroad, visited similar agricultural businesses in Pennsylvania, been to numerous tradeshows to present their ideas in Ireland, Austria, Russia and Kazakhstan, and visited numerous farms around the US Continue reading →

Connecting with the community

In the spirit of connecting, the FIBA team has been busy over the past couple of weeks, connecting with the community of Tampa Bay. Check out where we’ve been. October 17th: Pam Miniati and Rakefet Bachur were invited to speak about the startup nation, at the annual sisterhood dinner event at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. With a friendly audience of close to 80 women members of the congregation, Pam and Rakefet provided an entertaining presentation about new technologies coming from Israel, the innovative culture Continue reading →

Startups Are In Our Blood

Pam Miniati thought she was going to be a lawyer. It was the natural progression after finishing college with a degree in American Studies. She interned with a non-profit and then quickly transitioned into a Staff Assistant for a Congressman who worked closely with the Banking and Arts industry. But it was when she left to work for Senator Patty Murray as the Chief Legislative Correspondent and she saw how many organizations were asking for increased funding with little to no accountability of how they Continue reading →

Our Newest Entrepreneur…Rachel Feinman

Continuing our series on Entrepreneurship, today’s blog focuses on our newest addition at FIBA…Rachel Feinman. Rachel has been appointed FIBA’s Executive Director. As with Jack Ross, it was not suprising to hear a common theme when discussing how Rachel ended up at FIBA. There was that same drive to do something meaningful with each work day, the same desire to make a difference, the same connection to Israel, and that same entrepreneurial spirit. Rachel decided at a young age that she was going to be an Continue reading →

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jack Ross

When FIBA was created in 2016 the vision was to transform the Tampa Bay area into a nationally recognized hub of high-tech enterprise by attracting Israeli startups to the region. In our inaugural year, we have worked with eight startups in trying to meet that goal and vision. One startup has far exceeded that vision. StemRad is going to change the world…and is already well on its way. StemRad has developed the world’s only solution to protecting individuals from lethal gamma radiation. With the goal Continue reading →

Being an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship seems to be everywhere these days. Startups coming out of the woodwork to capture the same success as Zuckerburg. But the goal of the entrepreneur isn’t necessarily to take the world by storm with the next big thing. In it’s simplest definition it is someone who operates a business with more financial risk, but the philosophical understanding is so much more. An entrepreneur is someone with a vision of an idea that is bigger than themselves. Someone who has a dream and takes those Continue reading →

Make It Meaningful!

As is customary, last week Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah and welcomed the New Year. One of the holiest days in the faith also serves as an occasion for families and communities to come together and connect. It is a day of reflection and penitence. It even marks the start of agricultural growth with the promise and hope for a good and sweet year. As a communal organization, we too hope for a prosperous and sweet year. We hope for growth in our Continue reading →


Connection is one of those words that is used so often and in so many ways that sometimes the beauty and significance of the word gets lost. At FIBA however this word speaks to the core of who we are as individuals, and as an organization. It is not only our job but our passion to connect Israel to our community in Tampa, Florida. We are doing this in many different ways. Quite literally by partnering with Israeli companies to connect them with local individuals Continue reading →

FIBA reflects on the success of Innovation Fusion 2017

  On June 22nd, FIBA welcomed the Tampa Bay business and entrepreneurial communities to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC to its inaugural event, Innovation Fusion: A Collaborative Exchange. With over 300 guests in attendance, the afternoon was filled with learning, networking and an engaging discussion surrounding local and global innovation. Some of the special guests and FIBA supporters who attended the event included State Senator, Dana Young; Tampa Police Chief, Eric Ward; and Hillsborough County Commissioner, Sandy Murman. Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who was not able Continue reading →
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