FIBA goes to Israel

Rachel Feinman, Executive Director, and Rakefet Bachur, Executive Director of Marketing, visited Israel, as part of a trade delegation led by Florida Governor Rick Scott Nov.30-Dec.8. The Governor brought 70 businessmen and university heads from Florida to promote trade between Israel and Florida and encourage Israeli technology companies to set up office in Florida as a gateway to the US and Latin America markets. 2017 cohort companies recognized by Governor Scott for participating in the FIBA program during a reception event at the Hilton in Tel-Aviv. StemRad, received the Governor’s award for establishing its US subsidiary in Tampa and bringing hi-tech jobs to Florida. Met with Israeli partners and accelerator programs to review potential startups that can be a good fit for the FIBA 2018 cohort. The programs included CDI Negev (digital health and urban tech), Ayeka (mature startups), F2/The  Junction (robotics), AtoBe (engineering), TAU Online/TAU Venture (ed-tech), CET (ed-tech), Colosseum (sport-tech) and OurCrowd (VC). Met with new startups to explain the FIBA Launch program and learn about their technology. Due to high demand, the application for the 2018 cohort has been extended to Dec. 17. Apply today: Attended reception events at the US Ambassador residence in Hertzlyia and at WIX headquarter in Tel-Aviv. WIX is an Israeli company that provides a world-class website building platform to 110 million users in 190 countries. Wix has an office in Miami overseeing customer service. Met with Israeli Export Institute, Israeli Innovation Authority and Ministry of Defense. FIBA established a network of partners in Israel that will support FIBA’s activities with knowledge, connections and possible access to capital. Presented at a round table event about accelerator programs in Florida organized by Enterprise Florida. 30 startups attended the event and learned about Florida and Tampa as a hot spot for entrepreneurship and the FIBA programs.

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