Tuesday was demo day for 11 companies in the 2019 cohort of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator.
Top executives from each of the Israel-based firms made their business cases to a group of investors gathered at Five Labs in Tampa. About 100 investors from Tampa-St. Pete, Orlando and Sarasota attended in person, with a larger audience on a live stream on YouTube, said Rachel Feinman, executive director of FIBA.
It’s the third cohort of companies for FIBA, established by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Foundation and based at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in south Tampa.
Two alums have set up permanent offices in the Tampa area. ECONcrete, with environmentally-sensitive concrete solutions, has an office in St. Petersburg. UC-Care, a medical device company with an office and storage facility in Oldsmar, recently got a $1 million investment from a joint venture between FIBA and Florida Funders.
“To see Tampa Bay residents who are FIBA alums here this morning … is just really exciting. That’s a big part of why we’re doing what it is that we’re doing,” Feinman said.
FIBA is a relative newcomer to the area, but quickly becoming a powerful contributor to the innovation economy in Tampa, said Nicholas Outman, a shareholder in the corporate and tax group at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm that sponsored the demo day.
Click on the gallery to see highlights of the company presentations.
FIBA demo day
Rotem Lev-Zwickel, cofounder and chief operating officer, Agamon. Agamon takes unstructured radiology reports, and mines and structures the data so it can be used by providers for research,, compliance and utilization growth. The company is raising $2 million, with more than 70 percent of that already committed.