By RACHEL MINETTI Jewish Press

About 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 FIBA to ensure the continuation of the mission of innovation and entrepreneurship in Tampa. All three emphasized the desire for Tampa to become the best tech community in the state

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