Israeli Accelerator Partnership attracts Innovative Startups to St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 14, 2019) —The St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) partnered with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) for the second consecutive year to host Israeli companies considering a U.S. Operation in St. Petersburg.

The forum, held at Red Mesa's downtown rooftop, De Santoprovided the opportunity for three of FIBA's accelerator companies to connect with investors, potential customers, industry peers, and hear first hand what it's like to do business in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg EDC President, J.P. DuBuque welcomes the group at De Santo Rooftop Bar in downtown St. Petersburg

QinFlow, a fluid warming technology and NeuroApplied, a subconscious consumer decision-making analysis were among FIBA's companies who attended the St. Pete get together.

Dov Nachshon, CEO of Qinflow aims to eliminate the challenge of warming blood and IV fluids from the entire continuum of emergency care in order to allow emergency care professionals to focus on what they do best – saving lives.

The aligned EDC/ FIBA mission allowed each company to make valuable connections as they navigate the challenges of any growing startup.

“It is very encouraging to see the partnership between the St. Petersburg EDC and FIBA driving innovative companies to our region,” Chad Loar, 2019 St. Petersburg EDC Chairman said. “The companies that attended our small get together align well with the target industries identified by St. Pete’s Grow Smarter Strategy and each organization would be a great asset to our City.”

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About the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation
The St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation, a private-public partnership between over 40 investors and the City of St. Petersburg, is a partner in the Grow Smarter Strategy to create awareness of the business climate in St. Petersburg and to invigorate the growth of jobs in the target sectors of marine and life sciences, data analytics, financial and business services, specialized manufacturing and creative arts and design.

About Florida Israeli Business Accelerator
(FIBA) is a Florida-based technology accelerator that is designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth Israeli and Florida tech ventures in the Tampa Bay Area. FIBA assists the innovative companies to overcome the hardships involved with entering a market by providing entrepreneurs with strategic alignment with corporate partners, consulting on localization and expansion, guidance on Go-to-Market strategies, access to prospective customers, investors and service providers, assistance with sales and lead generation activities and support with establishing and expanding a U.S. office and operation. www.fiba.io