Israeli tech companies look to enter U.S. market through Tampa Bay

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    Representatives from three Israeli technology companies that specialize in construction, health care and internet security have spent the last month in Tampa Bay meeting with potential customers, local businesses and community leaders with hopes of entering the market.

    The entrepreneurs are the second class of participants in the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), a non-profit organization based at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center and founded in 2016 to encourage Israeli technology businesses to invest in the region.

    Thursday evening FIBA hosted a Connection to Innovation event featuring the visiting entrepreneurs and William Walsh, the vice president of strategy and development for the Tampa Bay Rays. While the event was closed to the media, the Tampa Bay Times was invited to meet with the entrepreneurs to talk about the trip and their impressions of the region.