New Israeli startups joining FIBA

The second wave of Israeli companies that have been successfully inducted into the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator program and will be working with the FIBA team until the end of June, 2017. Here is a brief summary of the companies: Blazepod Blazepod is a whole new attitude towards exercise. The problem with most exercises is that they’re predictable. BlazePod is here to shake things up. The wireless, portable system uses lights and sensors with pre-programmed exercises to help you increase agility, reaction time and more. You essentially get Continue reading →

FIBA Announces its first cohort of Israeli startups

FIBA is pleased to announce its inaugural cohort of Israeli startups accepted to accelerator program on March 1st 2017. The three companies were selected for the innovation in their fields, the maturity and experience of the founders and most important the interest within the business community in their solutions. The companies are working remotely with the FIBA team on a weekly basis and are expected to visit Tampa at the end of April and again at the end of June. The Startups Safe-T Safe-T Data Continue reading →

Jack Ross Featured on the Mayor’s Hour

The restoration of the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory into the Bryan Glazer Family JCC is one of my favorite projects over the last six years.” Said mayor Bob Buckhorn at a recent visit to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. He stopped by the FIBA office and sat down for a conversation with Executive Director, Jack Ross, about Israeli innovation and how FIBA can contribute to the local economy and innovation eco-system. Watch the full conversation. Amy FabianMore Posts

FIBA Visits Israel: February 12-23 2017 Edition

Saru Seshadri, COO, and Rakefet Bachur, Executive Director of Marketing, visited Israel, joined by partner investor, David Henderson from February 12th to the 23rd. The trip focused on activities to expose Israel’s startup nation to the FIBA programs and to the local Tampa Bay business community in core areas of digital health, ed-tech, cyber security, ag-tech and defense/security. admin-flisbaMore Posts Continue reading →

Jack Ross featured in the TBBJ

Earlier this month, when the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center opened, Ross was at the center of it all. The facility, with an event center, fitness and aquatic spaces, and a business incubator, will be an economic engine, with a staff of between 125 and 150. Now, Ross moved ahead in a key role at the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, which will be headquartered at the JCC. Israel is renown for its startup prowess, with more companies from Israel listed on Nasdaq than from any Continue reading →

New Jewish Community Center Means Business

TAMPA (FOX 13) – You may have seen the old armory transformed into a new Jewish Community Center, with sparkling new facilities. It’s helping to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood, but now the reach extends farther. “I’m on the phone and email with Israelis,” says Rakefet Bachur. She was born in Israel, but now works here at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. She helped establish the Florida Israel Business Accelerator. “We have a very unique program,” she says. “Our program is designed to help Continue reading →

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator Announces Agreement with the United States Special Operations Command to Collaborate on New Technologies for US Special Forces

Tampa-based technology accelerator will lend expertise to enhance SOCOM’s operational capabilities. TAMPA, Fla. (August 2016) – The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) proudly announces that they have entered into an agreement with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to collaborate on the production of innovative technologies. The Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) establishes a partnership between the two organizations in which FIBA cohorts will produce products or services that will fill technology capability shortfalls for SOCOM. “We are excited to establish a partnership with Continue reading →

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator receives $1 Million in funding from the state of Florida to help attract and develop Israeli Startups in the Tampa Bay Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                               The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator receives $1 Million in funding from the state of Florida to help attract and develop Israeli Startups in the Tampa Bay Area TAMPA, Fla. (August 17th, 2016) – The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) proudly announces that it has received $1 million from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The funds will support the buildout of FIBA’s state-of-the-art workspace (slated for completion this fall), as well as for operating costs including relocation incentives for startups participating in the Continue reading →

‘Start-up Nation’ at the new JCC

‘Start-up Nation’ Comes to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC We believe the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC that will be open on December 8, 2016 will be an extraordinary facility and a gamechanger for the Tampa Jewish community in many different ways. While the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation board and staff are  extremely excited by all aspects of new enterprise, there’s one component that has everyone especially intrigued by the possibilities it could create. Among several traditional JCC programs and functions, as well Continue reading →