FIBA widens traction in Tampa Bay

To support its new work site and relocation costs, Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a project of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation, recently obtained $1 million from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).


“We are pleased and excited that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has chosen to make such a significant investment in our organization,” Dr. Vicki Rabenou, Florida-Israel Business Accelerator’s president and CEO, said. “Our goal is to further develop the Tampa Bay area into one of the nation’s foremost centers for innovation and entrepreneurship.”


Aimed at technology companies, FIBA works to attract Israeli startups to the Tampa area. It is the first program of its kind created by a JCC or Jewish Federation, and has been honored by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) for its unique business model.


Its program prepares enterprises to succeed by providing access to industry experts, local business leaders and other resources. The DEO funds will enable FIBA to support Florida’s economic goals through a variety of employment opportunities.


Designed to establish and nurture high-growth Israeli and local tech ventures in the Tampa Bay Area, FIBA accommodates both seed and early stage companies with programming, consulting and networking and investment opportunities. Its mission is to help Israeli and Florida-based startups launch and succeed in the United States while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay Area.


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