ICYMI: Florida Welcomes Israeli Technology Companies for Pitch Day at the Capital
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Department of Management Services and FloridaCommerce joined forces with SelectFlorida, the Florida Opportunity Fund, and the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator to host "Pitch Day at the Capital" today. This event aimed to strengthen the economic relationship between Florida and Israel, particularly in the technology sector.

The event was attended by representatives from various state agencies including the Governor's Office, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Department of Revenue, Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Emergency Management, and Space Florida.

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez expressed her appreciation for the strong bond between Florida and Israel. "In addition to our one-of-a-kind economic relationship, there is no greater friend to Israel and the Jewish people than the DeSantis administration," she said. "Bringing more Israeli businesses to Florida cements both our economic and cultural ties at a time when our partnership has never been more important."

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Deputy Consul General Mike Driquez also spoke at the event before 30 technology companies delivered pitch-style presentations to state agency leaders and procurement officials. These companies specialized in industries such as infrastructure, supply chain, cybersecurity, and healthcare.

Department of Management Services Secretary Pedro Allende highlighted the importance of collaborating with Israel in terms of cybersecurity resilience. "Today's event was an opportunity to strengthen the bond that Florida and Israel share by linking groundbreaking tools with the state that's on the forefront of cybersecurity resilience," he said. Allende has previous experience as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Risk, and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly emphasized Florida's position as a leader in 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," he said. "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."

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Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Jason Weida also spoke at the event, highlighting Florida's strong healthcare system and its potential for growth. "Florida is a destination for health care, offering groundbreaking treatments, strong partnerships, and an innovative environment for health research and development," he said. "Under Governor DeSantis' leadership we will continue to strengthen our health care system to better serve our citizens."

Co-Executive Director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator Rakefet Bachur-Phillips emphasized the impact of this partnership on both markets. "In partnering with the State of Florida, we are not just bridging markets," she said. "We're creating a vibrant nexus where Israeli innovation meets Florida's dynamic tech landscape, paving the way for dynamic cybersecurity solutions."

The event was a success in bringing together key players from both Florida and Israel to explore opportunities for collaboration and growth in various industries. With Governor Ron DeSantis leading historic trade missions between Florida and Israel, it is clear that this unique economic relationship will continue to thrive in the future.

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