Featured on stpetecatalyst.com: Florida-Israel Business Accelerator company wins UN business award

Published 4 days ago on September 20, 2018By Megan HolmesThe founder of Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA)company ECOncrete has been selected as an awardee of the United Nations’ WE Empower SDG Challenge.Israeli marine biologist and entrepreneur Shimrit Perkol-Finkel of ECOncrete was chosen to represent the Western Europe and Other region. Just four other female entrepreneurs whose businesses seek to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN were chosen.ECOncrete is one of the most prominent companies to join the FIBA program, a Tampa-based accelerator that helps Israeli companies enter the U.S. market.Click here to read this Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: From bankers to doctors and everything in between, meet this year’s TBJJ 40 under 40

By Pam Huff  – Managing Editor, Tampa Bay Business JournalAug 20, 2018, 7:23am EDT Updated Aug 20, 2018, 2:15pmAfter reviewing nomination materials from more than 200 applicants, the Tampa Bay Business Journal has chosen this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees.A panel from the TBBJ identified these up and coming executives, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, teachers, health care professionals, lawyers, bankers and more.Previously Up & Comers, the TBBJ returned to the 40 Under 40 format this year, honoring candidates who will be under 40 years of age as of Oct. 11.Click here to read Continue reading →


July 24 2018To survive deep space exploration, astronauts will have to weather radiation that is orders of magnitude greater than they’ve faced before. To keep them safe for an eventual trip to Mars and beyond, NASA has to get creative. One of the options currently getting ready for testing is created by StemRad and is called the AstroRad vest. Space Center Houston is proud to display this cutting-edge piece of space wear in our Mission Mars exhibit.Designed by the Israeli company StemRad, the vest helps prepare Continue reading →

Featured on tampabay.com: Jeff Vinik’s innovation hub seeks community ideas to improve Tampa Bay’s startup culture

published: August 1, 2018Updated: August 2, 2018 at 05:53 AMTAMPA — Jeff Vinik’s innovation hub-in-the-making introduced itself Wednesday with a new name, news about its future home and the roll-out of a community survey as it aims for a full launch in early 2019.Embarc Collective, a $10 million project, will not be a traditional start-up incubator or accelerator itself, but will work to provide tech entrepreneurs with resources that they might not otherwise find in the Tampa Bay area now.Click here to read this article Continue reading →

Featured on jewishpress.com: Israeli firms see Tampa as fertile ground for expansion

By RACHEL MINETTI Jewish PressAbout 500 business owners, investors, and others packed into the Bryan Glazer Family JCC’s ballroom for the second annual Florida- Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) Innovation Fusion event to listen to Israeli entrepreneurs pitch their products.FIBA is hoping the Israeli businesses can cultivate local investors, establish a U.S. base in the Tampa Bay area and grow their market here.State Sen. Dana Young, Florida Rep. Jackie Toledo, and County Commissioner Sandy Murman presented a $750,000 grant from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity to Continue reading →

Featured on businessobserverfl.com: Wix leader talks up Florida’s tech talent

An exec from one of the world’s leading website development tools returned to his roots in Tampa.by: Business Observer StaffDanny Brigido of Wix, an Israeli company that created one of the world’s most popular website design platforms, says Florida — and particularly the Tampa Bay area — has a compelling story to tell to tech firms like his that look to escape the high taxes and cost of living in Silicon Valley.“You know what you have here,” says Brigido, Wix’s Miami-based director of customer solutions, speaking at the Continue reading →

Featured on tampabay.com: Here’s why Waze and other Israeli tech companies are keen on Tampa Bay

June 14, 2018Hannah DenhamTimes Staff WriterTAMPA — Most people think of Waze as a GPS navigation system.But the Tel Aviv-based tech firm, now owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc., is trying to be much more — such as when it partnered with the city of Tampa and the state a few years ago for its Connected Citizens Program, a two-way data exchange for government officials to implement transportation and mobility policies based on traffic data.Tampa Bay — with its growing infrastructure and startup needs — Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Waze exec: From the Olympics to Hurricane Irma, four ways the navigation app has made a difference

Jun 13, 2018:2:58pm EDT Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 3:13pm EDT The popular GPS navigation app Waze played a key role in helping Floridians find shelter when Hurricane Irma hit last fall, a top executive with the company told a Tampa audience on Wednesday. Using community-supplied data, Waze also was behind optimizing the traffic during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015, said Aron Di Castro, head of global partnerships and business development at Waze. He spoke Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Tampa accelerator, Florida investment group establish joint venture

Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 8:25am EDTIsraeli tech companies participating in the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator could have a better chance to draw local investment backing, under a joint venture between the accelerator and Florida Funders.FIBA companies will be featured in a designated portal on the Florida Funders website, giving accredited investors an opportunity to provide financial support to the firms, said Marc Blumenthal, general partner of Florida Funders.Click here to read this article in its entirety.Nicki RaganMore Posts

Featured on businessobserverfl.com: Early-stage capital firm throws weight behind business accelerator

BUSINESS OBSERVER MONDAY, JUN. 11, 2018 5 hours agoEarly-stage capital firm throws weight behind business acceleratorFlorida Funders has partnered with FIBA in Tampa.by: Business Observer StaffTAMPA — Florida Funders, a firm providing early-stage capital to Florida technology companies, has launched a partnership with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator.FIBA, based in Tampa, supports Israeli growth-stage companies’ entrance in the U.S. market. The agreement with Florida Funders will provide access to the firm’s crowd-funding platform to companies that participate in FIBA’s programs.Click Here  to read this article in its Continue reading →