Catching up with Roy Heller and Nucleon

No commitment issues here! Roy Heller, Director of Sales at Nucleon–one of eight companies in FIBA’s 2018 cohort–has recently moved his family to Tampa permanently so that he can work even closer with the FIBA team and grow the business in the Bay and beyond.We are thrilled to be able to work side by side with him now daily, so we asked him a few questions about his big move and how it will positively impact the Nucleon business.Outside of your affiliation with FIBA, was Continue reading →

Wishing well to Saru Seshadri

From our beginning, Saru Seshadri has been one of the architect’s of FIBA’s innovative strategy. This week, we thank Saru for his leadership, vision, and commitment and wish him lots of success as he moves on to pursue his next professional chapter. As FIBA’s Chief Operations Officer and Entrepreneur In Residence, Saru’s mark is on every part of our program. He helped design a unique program that maximizes opportunities for growth-stage Israeli businesses here in Tampa Bay. Saru applied his years of experience successfully building, scaling Continue reading →

Innovation Fusion 2018 Recap

On June 13th, the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator welcomed the Tampa Bay community to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC for its annual event, Innovation Fusion: A Collaborative Exchange. The event drew nearly 500 guests, which is a 40% increase from last year.The record-breaking attendance was no surprise, as keynote presentations included top executives from Waze, a Google company, and Wix, a cloud-based web development platform.First of the two keynote speakers to grace the Innovation Fusion stage was Wix’s Danny Brigido. Danny was relocated to Miami, FL Continue reading →

FLORIDA FUNDERS LAUNCHES JOINT VENTURE WITH FLORIDA-ISRAEL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR

Tampa, Fla. – June 11, 2018 – Florida Funders, a firm providing early-stage capital to Florida technology companies, announces a joint venture with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) to host and assist in their crowdfunded investments on the Florida Funders platform. Florida Funders’ distinct platform will be utilized to promote investment opportunities with companies participating in the FIBA program, which is a Florida-based technology accelerator designed to support Israeli growth-stage companies entrance in the U.S. market. FIBA is a project of the Tampa JCCs and Continue reading →

Galvanizing a Community: Our Story

By Lauren PragerAsk most Israelis what they know about Tampa, and they’ll respond, “Where?” But once the hand-selected Israeli entrepreneurs have spent time engaging with the Florida Israel Business Accelerator and the welcoming community here, they see all Tampa Bay has to offer.  What sets FIBA – and Tampa – apart from other business accelerators is the community’s involvement and support. Since its inception in December 2017, dozens of Tampa Bay community leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and experts have volunteered their expertise – and sometimes their Continue reading →

How execs from Waze and Wix.com will ignite the crowd at Innovation Fusion

Last week we were proud to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s Innovation Fusion event. This week we want to dive deeper into their backgrounds and why we’re so thrilled to have them grace our stage this June.Aron Di Castro has been with Google since 2008, and has been leading global business development and partnerships at Waze since April 2017. Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app that was developed in Israel and was acquired by Google for a record $1 billion. Throughout Continue reading →

FIBA Welcomes the last four companies of its 2018 program…

Joining the first four Israeli companies, BetterCare, ECOncrete, Nucleon, and UC-Care, FIBA rounds out the 2nd cohort for the 2018 program. With companies offering digital security, wearables, retail inventory management, and predictive analytics technologies, these four companies bring a lot to the table. GlobeKeeper developed an encrypted communication platform centered around an intuitive collaboration interface to create a secure, end-to-end solution that keeps security personnel safe, reduces costs, and enhances decision making capabilities, using standard equipment. “We are excited to bring GlobeKeeper to Tampa at Continue reading →

Meeting of the Minds

Next week‘s Meeting of the Minds event will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 6pm at the FIBA office space and everyone is welcome. The event is sponsored by Cardinal Solutions, and this week we wanted to feature Liam Brien, who has been a regular Meeting of the Minds participant. Liam is a Senior IT Consultant at Cardinal Solutions, was born and raised in Israel and served in the military there. Six months after completing his service, he moved to the United States and Continue reading →

Innovation Fusion Success and Excitement

Innovation Fusion 2017 was a great success with over 300 attendants, a keynote presentation by Jeff Vinik, and an exciting portfolio of Israeli companies featured on stage. However, the real success of last year’s event was revealed in the months following the event, where true partnerships were established as a result of the personal exchange at Innovation Fusion. For StemRad, an innovator in the radiation protection field, a $6 million investment led by Jeff Vinik, renowned investor and Tampa Bay Lightning Chairman and Governor, resulted Continue reading →

StemRad is in the news again!

When FIBA took StemRad as one of its first cohorts in 2016, there was already a sense of excitement around the company. Founder, Oren Milstein, was on the fast track to innovation creating personal protection from radiation possible. Continuing their company’s impressive track record of accolades and accomplishments, StemRad received a $6 million investment from Tampa’s own Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightening. Additionally, Jack Ross former Executive Director of FIBA, has become the Vice President of North American Operations. The most recent notable Continue reading →