As seen on St Pete Catalyst: “Tech accelerator showcases healthcare disruptors”

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) held its latest Connection to Innovation event Wednesday, welcoming a pair of healthcare startup founders as well as a familiar face in Rachel Feinman, the organization’s former executive director who earlier this year joined Tampa General Hospital (TGH) as vice president of innovation.

Hosted by FIBA co-executive directors Rakefet Bachur and Pam Miniati, the event was held virtually via Zoom. Miniati opened the program with an update on FIBA’s successes and highlights, noting that the organization has welcomed more then 60 Israeli startups into its accelerator program, helping many of them establish offices in Florida and connect with investors.

“To date,” she said, “we have helped our companies raise over $8.5 million. We also have two companies that have successfully done IPOs on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.”

Miniati, previewing Fineman’s appearance later in the program, also discussed FIBA’s recently established partner program and its inaugural partnership — with TGH.

“The model for this program is to work with a partner, an organization here in Tampa that has some real business needs,” she said. “We worked with the team [at TGH] and defined some business needs [for which] they are looking for solutions.”

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