Exclusive: Meet the 12 Israeli startups looking to make a mark in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area will soon play host to a dozen tech companies looking to make their mark not only in their industries but in the region. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator will be taking 12 Israel-based companies as part of its third cohort. The number is a jump from its usual eight companies per year, after officials saw applications for the accelerator double.“I think we bring this global flavor,” said Rakefet Bachur-Phillips, FIBA director of marketing and strategic partnerships. “There are many great organizations that focus on Continue reading →

Former leaders from Microsoft, Roche, Catalina among new executive advisors at FIBA

Twelve Israeli companies coming to Tampa this year to learn more about doing business in the United States will have a high-profile team of executive advisors.Corporate leaders who helped grow companies such as Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Roche Diagnostics will work with the Israeli companies while they are part of the 2019 cohort in the Launch program at the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, a Tampa nonprofit that serves as a catalyst to bring new technologies and jobs to the U.S. and to Tampa BayThis is the Continue reading →

We’re ready for you, 2019!

It’s safe to say that 2018 was an incredible year for the FIBA team. It seems the theme we are bringing into 2019 is “doubling”; we are leaving 2018 and entering 2019 with double the amount of applicants, double the amount of selected companies, and thus, double the amount of employees! We hit the ground running recruiting for our 2019 Cohort this past October and were accelerated by the addition of a liaison in Israel, Ron Kimhi. With our growing network of advisors and subject matter experts Continue reading →

Florida Aquarium makes waves in efforts to save coral reefs

By Margie Manning  – ST Pete Catalyst November 29, 2018 A partnership between The Florida Aquarium and researchers in London could have a big impact on the work to restore coral reefs.The Tampa nonprofit is working on technology that would allow coral to reproduce four times a year, instead of the natural once-a-year reproduction cycle, said Roger Germann, president and CEO, at the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator’s Connection to Innovation event Wednesday nightCreating more “coral babies” is vital to saving the marine animals, which Germann said are an Continue reading →

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 →