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FIBA’s Cyber Program Sparks Israeli Tech Surge in Florida’s Cybersecurity Arena

Tallahassee | Tampa, FL — The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) has marked a significant milestone in its mission to foster collaboration between Israeli and Florida tech industries with the successful launch of its Cyber Program. The initiative, which unfolded across exclusive events in Tallahassee and Tampa, showcased the cutting-edge solutions of Israeli cyber companies while fostering partnerships and innovation within Florida’s cybersecurity landscape.

The Tallahassee leg of the program featured an exclusive Pitch Day at the Florida Capitol, where 18 Israeli companies presented their innovative solutions across various sectors, including cybersecurity. The event, held at the Turnbull Conference Center, Florida State University, attracted significant attention from industry leaders, government officials, and investors eager to explore the potential of Israeli technology in addressing cybersecurity challenges.

“Today’s event was an opportunity to strengthen the bond that Florida and Israel share by linking groundbreaking tools with the state that’s at the forefront of cybersecurity resilience,” said Department of Management Services Secretary Pedro Allende, who previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Israel has a long history of innovation, and we’re excited to find opportunities to collaborate.”

From left to right: John Schrader (DMS), Secretary Weida (AHCA), Secretary Allende (DMS), Aviad Shneiderman (ITC), Shahar Omri (StemRad), Oren Gez (BioBeat), Rakefet Phillips (FIBA), Lior Tam (Vicarius), Chen Goldberg (CloudWize), Matan Lev-Ari (IDE Tech), Pam Miniati (FIBA), Adam Ben-Evi (Spot), Noam Mulla (Apollo Power), Ariel Katz (QinFlow), Jay Reddy (Mobi).

Meanwhile, in Tampa, a networking event offered a unique opportunity for local
stakeholders to interact with the innovators participating in the Cyber Program. Held at
the Shanna & Bryan Glazer JCC, the event served as a platform for fruitful discussions,
knowledge sharing, and the forging of strategic partnerships aimed at driving
cybersecurity innovation in Florida.

Pam Miniati and Rakefet Bachur-Phillips, Co-Executive Directors at FIBA, expressed their enthusiasm for the program’s success and its potential to catalyze growth and innovation within Florida’s tech ecosystem. “The Cyber Program represents more than just a series of events; it’s about embedding Israeli ingenuity into the fabric of Florida’s tech landscape,” said Miniati. Bachur-Phillips echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the program’s role in creating a nexus where Israeli innovation meets Florida’s dynamic tech sector.

The success of the Cyber Program underscores FIBA’s pivotal role in bridging the gap between Israeli entrepreneurs and the Florida business community. By providing a platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange, FIBA continues to drive technological advancement and economic growth within the state as detailed in their impact report. 

“Florida is number one in the nation for entrepreneurship and talent development. By getting Israeli businesses in key industries and decision-makers in the same room we help support allies in meaningful ways,” said Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly. “Thanks to Florida’s dedicated programs, business climate, and strategic policies, businesses of all sizes across the globe have the opportunity to expand and grow like nowhere else in the nation.”

Media coverage of the events highlighted the dynamic interaction between Israeli innovators and Florida’s tech landscape, shedding light on the transformative potential of international partnerships in driving innovation.

As FIBA looks ahead, the organization remains committed to fostering collaboration and innovation between Israeli and Florida tech sectors, with plans to further expand its initiatives and deepen its impact on the global tech landscape.

“In partnering with the State of Florida, we are not just bridging markets,” said Florida-Israel Business Accelerator Co-Executive Director Rakefet Bachur-Phillips. “We’re creating a vibrant nexus where Israeli innovation meets Florida’s dynamic tech landscape, paving the way for dynamic cybersecurity solutions.” 

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