Featured in 83Degrees – Trep Talks: Mentors play key role in business success

A mentor — or multiple mentors — are key to a business’ success, but they are not always easy to come by. “You can’t just go to a couple events,” explains Linda Olson, President of Tampa Bay WaVE, a grassroots nonprofit supporting tech startups. “You really need to take it seriously. You really need to invest in finding a mentor. You’re going to have to kiss a lot of frogs.” “It is a lot like dating,” agrees Valerie Landrio McDevitt, Associate VP of Technology Transfer and Business Continue reading →

Featured in the Jewish Press: Israeli companies sell themselves at Tampa event

Israeli company executives pitched their businesses at the first-ever Florida Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) Collaborative Exchange, an event which included a speech by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who is redeveloping a large sector of downtown Tampa’s Channelside District, and to hear from a panel of local business experts. Israeli company executives pitched their businesses at the first-ever Florida Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) Collaborative Exchange, an event which included a speech by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, who is redeveloping a large sector Continue reading →

Featured in 83Degrees: Innovation Fusion showcases local talent, global diversity in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Area’s growing innovation culture may not be as well known as those in some other cities, but it has the talent, ideas and raw materials to succeed like none other, says Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik. “It’s up to us in this community to work together…to really achieve that vision,” he says. “We are at the tip of the iceberg, but we have all the potential of the world.” Vinik spoke at a community gathering organized by the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), Continue reading →

Featured in the Jewish Press: FIBA welcomes Israeli tech companies to Tampa

Whether in agricultural, health, fitness, defense or in the corporate world – a group of entrepreneurs representing eight high-tech Israeli businesses have come to Tampa seeking to make their mark and change how the world lives and interacts. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) brought the companies to their facilities within the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa and plans to present them to the Tampa Bay community in an “Innovation Fusion” showcase on Thursday, June 22 at the Glazer JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave. Fiba Continue reading →

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. admin-flisbaMore 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 →