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 →

Featured on tampabay.com: Here’s why Waze and other Israeli tech companies are keen on Tampa Bay

June 14, 2018Hannah DenhamTimes Staff WriterTAMPA — Most people think of Waze as a GPS navigation system.But the Tel Aviv-based tech firm, now owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc., is trying to be much more — such as when it partnered with the city of Tampa and the state a few years ago for its Connected Citizens Program, a two-way data exchange for government officials to implement transportation and mobility policies based on traffic data.Tampa Bay — with its growing infrastructure and startup needs — Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Waze exec: From the Olympics to Hurricane Irma, four ways the navigation app has made a difference

Jun 13, 2018:2:58pm EDT Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 3:13pm EDT The popular GPS navigation app Waze played a key role in helping Floridians find shelter when Hurricane Irma hit last fall, a top executive with the company told a Tampa audience on Wednesday. Using community-supplied data, Waze also was behind optimizing the traffic during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015, said Aron Di Castro, head of global partnerships and business development at Waze. He spoke Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Tampa accelerator, Florida investment group establish joint venture

Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 8:25am EDTIsraeli tech companies participating in the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator could have a better chance to draw local investment backing, under a joint venture between the accelerator and Florida Funders.FIBA companies will be featured in a designated portal on the Florida Funders website, giving accredited investors an opportunity to provide financial support to the firms, said Marc Blumenthal, general partner of Florida Funders.Click here to read this article in its entirety.Nicki RaganMore Posts

Featured on businessobserverfl.com: Early-stage capital firm throws weight behind business accelerator

BUSINESS OBSERVER MONDAY, JUN. 11, 2018 5 hours agoEarly-stage capital firm throws weight behind business acceleratorFlorida Funders has partnered with FIBA in Tampa.by: Business Observer StaffTAMPA — Florida Funders, a firm providing early-stage capital to Florida technology companies, has launched a partnership with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator.FIBA, based in Tampa, supports Israeli growth-stage companies’ entrance in the U.S. market. The agreement with Florida Funders will provide access to the firm’s crowd-funding platform to companies that participate in FIBA’s programs.Click Here  to read this article in its Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Israeli company considers expansion in St. Pete

By Janelle Irwin  – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business JournalJun 8, 2018, 6:59amThe EDC and the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator hosted six Israel-based companies considering starting or expanding U.S. operations this week during a “meet the companies” event aimed at encouraging the businesses to consider the Tampa Bay area. The purpose of Tuesday’s event at 3 Daughters Brewing was to give the Israeli companies access to existing business talent within the region including representatives from Florida Blue, Tech Data, Presence and GrowFL, among others. One company “had a good connection” with Continue reading →

Featured on 83degreesmedia.com: Innovation Fusion: Wix and Waze leaders to share journey

CHERYL ROGERS | MONDAY, JUNE 04, 2018Innovation Fusion, the signature event for The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), is expected to draw 500 people to hear top tech executives and meet representatives of the accelerator’s latest eight-member cohort.Danny Brigido, Director of Customer Solutions in Miami for the Tel Aviv-based Wix website development platform, will be talking about the challenge of hiring tech employees in Florida. Aron DiCastro, Waze Head of Global Partnerships and Business Development, will be sharing about Waze’s integration into Google and plans for growth.Click here Continue reading →

Featured on jewishpresstampa.com: Israeli tech companies to show off products at Tampa event

May 18, 2018Eight startup companies from Israel and two speakers from Israeli tech superstars, Waze and Wix, will be featured at the second annual Innovation Fusion event on Wednesday, June 13 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa.The event is being put on by the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), based at the JCC, and will showcase how FIBA is enabling partnerships and collaboration between Israeli tech companies and local organizations with the goal of bringing in hi-tech jobs and growing the Tampa Bay economy.Click Continue reading →

Featured on tampabay.com: Florida-Israel Business Accelerator brings four more tech companies to Tampa

By Richard Danielson May 7, 2018 One makes a small, high-definition screen you can wear on a necklace or hat to express yourself through images, messages or GIFs. Another uses military-grade encryption to allow law enforcement officers to communicate securely over off-the-shelf smart phones and devices. A third created an “interview simulation engine” that employs predictive analytics to screen job applicants. The fourth has software for retailers to track inventory, prevent stores from running out of stock and facilitate filling online orders. These four companies Continue reading →