Featured on tampabay.com: Israeli tech companies look to enter U.S. market through Tampa Bay

By Alli Knothe, Times Correspondent Published: March 9, 2018Updated: March 9, 2018 at 01:52 PM TAMPA — Representatives from three Israeli technology companies that specialize in construction, health care and internet security have spent the last month in Tampa Bay meeting with potential customers, local businesses and community leaders with hopes of entering the market. The entrepreneurs are the second class of participants in the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a non-profit organization based at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center and founded in 2016 Continue reading →

Featured on Jewishpresstampa.com: Business accelerator picks 4 new Israeli companies to spread wings here

Following a successful inaugural year when the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) brought eight companies from Israel to Tampa to meet potential investors and customers, FIBA has selected four new Israeli companies to help get established here. The new companies are in the field of digital health, ecologically conscious construction, cyber security, and the medical device industry. FIBA, which has office in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa, is becoming a leader in ushering innovative Israeli companies into the U.S. market, with many of the Continue reading →

Featured on miamiherald.com: Florida’s technology ties to Israel will make us a more innovative state

BY BRIAN SIEGAL siegalb@ajc.org February 22, 2018 08:00 PM Updated February 22, 2018 08:00 PM Not only are America’s national security interests dependent on its global engagement, but so is the American economy — after all, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. Florida is key to this worldwide involvement. Thanks to its geographic location, well-developed port infrastructure and multilingual workforce, Florida is a commercial crossroads of the Americas, exporting $52 billion in goods in 2016. Click here to read this Continue reading →

Featured on Business Observer: From Israel, with Innovation

From Israel, with Innovation BY: BRIAN HARTZ | TAMPA BAY EDITOR February 16, 2018 Rachel Marks Feinman, a Tampa native and former lawyer who has studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is the new director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. Israel is known as the startup nation, and for good reason. Despite having a population of fewer than 9 million people, the country boasts more than 3,500 startups. Its level of venture capital investment is second only to the United States. More proof: The Israeli Continue reading →

Featured on bizjournals.com: Waze navigation app exec finds his way to Tampa innovation event

By Margie Manning  – Finance Editor, Tampa Bay Business Journal May 8, 2018, 1:21pm EDT Updated 2 hours ago A top executive from Waze, a popular GPS navigation app, will talk about how the company is fitting in with its corporate parent, Google, at Innovation Fusion, a flagship event for the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. Aron Di Castro, head of global partnerships and business development at Waze, is one of two speakers from Israeli tech unicorns slated to speak at the June 13 event in Tampa. He’ll be joined on the stage Continue reading →

Featured on Tampa Bay Business Journal: Exclusive: First look at the next wave of Israeli startups that could make a mark in Tampa Bay

February 8, 2018 Executives from four Israeli startups that focus on health, cybersecurity and ecologically friendly construction arrive in Tampa next week, ready to establish a U.S. presence and work with local businesses on partnerships. The companies will take part in the first round of the 2018 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 Bay. FIBA is one of several local groups focused on nurturing young Continue reading →

Featured on calcalistech.com: Anheuser-Busch InBev Brewing Company Buys Beverage Analytics Startup WeissBeerger

FIBA is so excited about the latest success story from one of our 2017 cohort companies…Weissbeerger! Tel Aviv-based WeissBeerger collects beer and soft-drink consumption data, providing real-time analytics to the brewing and hospitality industries Meir Orbach 10:5526.01.18 Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, the world’s largest beer brewer, has acquired Tel Aviv-based WeissBeerger, a beverage consumption analytics startup, according to a statement by WeissBeerger, which was emailed to Calcalist on Wednesday. “AB InBev is a truly global brewer and our partnership with them will enhance our connection with Continue reading →

Florida-Israel Business Accelerator: Interview with Florida Governor Rick Scott on Israeli Media

Watch the interview with Governor Rick Scott on Israeli media discussing Florida as a great place for Israeli companies to do business. The Governor spoke with Channel 20 following a reception event recognizing FIBA companies that participated in the 2017 program. Florida-Israel Business Accelerator: Interview with Florida Governor Rick Scott on Israeli Media from FIBA on Vimeo.admin-flisbaMore Posts

Featured on Tampa Bay Business Journal: Florida-Israel Business Accelerator enters its sophomore year with successful portfolio

One year after its launch, the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator is recruiting a second group of Israeli tech startups that it aims to help enter the U.S. market. About 15 to 20 of the applications the Tampa accelerator is reviewing were the result of the organization’s trip to Israel earlier this month, said Rachel Feinman, executive director of FIBA. FIBA was part of a delegation of nearly 70 business and education leaders who joined Gov. Rick Scott on a weeklong trade mission to Israel. During the trip, Scott recognized the eight companies that Continue reading →

Featured On: Jewishpresstampa.com – Vinik’s newest investment is Rad

Vinik’s newest investment is Rad By BOB FRYER Jewish Press Less than 6 months ago, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik spoke at an event showcasing eight Israeli startup tech companies that were seeking U.S. investors. He told a crowd of about 350 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC that, “We have to let it be known that Tampa and the Tampa Bay area is open for business in the innovation space.” He added, “Tampa is one of the country’s best kept secrets. We need Continue reading →