Tampa’s Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), created in 2016 by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, recently contracted with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to produce a series of technological products and services.
Under the partnership to facilitate procurement for SOCOM — called The Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) — FIBA cohorts will help to develop materials, software, modeling, simulations, systems and more for the Science and Technology Directorate at the Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Center (SOF AT&L-ST).
The AT&L-ST group engages in research, development, and assessment. FIBA’s contributions will center on medical technologies, biometrics, mobility, cybersecurity, remote sensor power, energy and additional areas.
“We are excited to establish a partnership with such a dynamic organization,” Dr. Vicki Rabenou, FIBA’s president and CEO, said. “Many Israeli startups have been founded by entrepreneurs with military backgrounds. To be able to work with SOCOM will be a tremendous draw for them and to create innovations with such a profound impact is even more appealing.”
FIBA is sponsored by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). 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.