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State economic development leader to speak at FIBA event

Margie Manning



The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator is located in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. File photo.

The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator continues to fill out its lineup of speakers for Innovation Fusion 2020.

On Sunday, FIBA announced that Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, will provide an update on the state’s tech ecosystem at the Sept. 23 event.

Jamal Sowell

Enterprise Florida is the leading economic development organization for the state of Florida. Sowell started his role at the outset of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration and has since worked closely with economic development partners and private-sector businesses across the state to strengthen and diversify Florida’s economy.

Sowell joins other speakers, including Janet Echelman, the creator of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture at the St. Pete Pier. Echelman, who was born and raised in Tampa, will keynote the event, with a focus on the intersection of art and technology.

Also speaking is Ori Kaufman-Gafter, head of international and tech banking at Bank Leumi USA. Kaufman-Gafter will provide insights on how the Israeli tech ecosystem weathered the pandemic. With more than 15 years of commercial banking experience, Kaufman-Gafter leads a team that serves hundreds of venture capital-backed tech companies as well as investors and entrepreneurs.

The event will spotlight the work of  Aviv Clinics, an Israeli company that recently launched its hyperbaric clinic in The Villages. David Globig, CEO of Aviv Clinics, will explain why Aviv chose Florida as its first site outside of Israel and how the technology works.

Innovation Fusion, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, is a flagship event for the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, a Tampa-based business development and community engagement project. It will be held online this year. Registration is free, although a $25 donation is suggested.

Register here.

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