The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA)

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) Connects The Florida Business Community To High-Performing Israeli Technology Companies, In Order To Address And Solve Their Most Challenging Problems

Left to right: Bill Walsh (Tampa Bay Rays), Atul Khosla (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Rob Higgins (Tampa Bay Sports Commission), Steve Griggs (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Jack Elkins (Orlando Magic) discussing innovation in sports at FIBA’s Innovation Fusion 2019.

ELEVATOR PITCH
Our mission is to establish Florida as a global innovation hub. Technology startups thriving in our local economy attract new talent, drive new investment opportunities, and enhance the region’s reputation as a competitive, fertile ground for business. By encouraging Israeli startups to enter the US market with Florida as their base of operations, we connect individuals and companies to job opportunities, high-skilled talent, technological solutions, and innovation and showcase the region as a key center of excellence in healthcare, urban development, and security/defense.

FIBA leverages its strong network of business executives, investors, government officials and leaders from the Florida business community, to provide market knowledge and validation, and access to investors and large corporations necessary to grow Israeli startup companies in the US.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognizing FIBA and cohort company, StemRad (Jack Ross and Dr. Oren Milstein), for bringing hi-tech to Florida in Israel in December 2017.

TESTIMONIALS AND PRESS
In only two years, FIBA has received praise from its portfolio companies, local entrepreneurs and investors and the Florida Governor, Rick Scott.

“FIBA is like having a partner in the US who will always open doors for you and help you make progress at every stage.” Yaniv Shneiderman, Founder of BlazePod, FIBA portfolio company.

“The FIBA team presented us with business opportunities that completely changed our go-to-market strategy in the U.S.” Bob Reish, Operations Manager at WeissBeerger, FIBA portfolio company.

“FIBA has become one of the highest quality programs in Florida, and is clearly unique in its approach. I have personally invested in one of the companies and believe that Tampa Bay will become the U.S. headquarters to many Israeli companies over the next few years.” Marc Blumenthal, Florida Funders, Partner.

“My support for the Israeli companies stems from the fact that I believe that these companies can create many qualitative jobs and develop the state’s high tech. The FIBA project and the Jewish community will contribute both to the local and the Israeli economy.” Governor Rick Scott, The Times of Israel, December 2017.

SUCCESS STORIES

FIBA has introduced 30 Israeli companies to Tampa Bay since its inaugural cohort in 2017. Some notable successes include:

  • StemRad established N. American headquarters in Tampa and hired Tampa-based employees following a $6 million investment from Tampa investors. StemRad also is developing and is soon to launch a medical product in partnership with Tampa General Hospital.
  • WeissBeerger was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer.
  • UC-Care established a US subsidiary in Florida and leased office and storage space in Oldsmar following a $1 million investment from Tampa investors. The company hired a full time sales person to grow sales in Florida and the south east.
  • eProc Solutions signed its first contract with a global corporation headquartered in Tampa. eProc Solutions completed pilots with over 10 additional potential customers.
  • Econcrete is working with the St. Pete Marina on a pilot project. The company hired a sales representative and a key strategic advisor, and leased storage space in the St. Pete Innovation District.
  • ECOncrete was recognized by Forbes and Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in 2019 in addition to being selected as an awardee of the United Nations for women innovators.
  • Tevatronic completed a pilot project with the largest commercial grower of strawberries in Florida.
  • GlobeKeeper had a successful joint pilot with the local police and sheriff departments.

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA)

fiba.io
813-291-2300
522 N. Howard Ave.
Tampa FL 33606

Partnership Opportunities

Global Village World is accepting applications for joint venture partners, consultants, and ambassadors that have a passion for their city and want to partner with us in mapping out and promoting their local innovation ecosystem to the world.