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June 15, 2018  RSS feed

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Scher aims to raise Tel Aviv University profile in Bay area

David Scher of Tampa poses with Richard Anton of the United Kingdom as Scher is inducted as a governor at Tel Aviv University last month. Anton is president of TAU UK. David Scher of Tampa poses with Richard Anton of the United Kingdom as Scher is inducted as a governor at Tel Aviv University last month. Anton is president of TAU UK. David Scher has already done much to support the Tampa Jewish community through generous donations to Jewish causes and through hours of time serving on a committee that made the dream of a new JCC into the reality of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Now, Scher hopes in his role as a newly installed member of the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Board of Governors to build strong ties between the university he calls “the center of Start-Up nation” and the Tampa Bay area.

“I want to use the opportunity to promote TAU in Tampa and its connection with FIBA [The Florida Israel Business Accelerator based at the Glazer JCC] as well as connecting with the TAU Tish School of Film to enhance our Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival through an annual shorts program,” Scher said.

Scher’s wife, Sara, is co-chair of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival and initiated the connection to the film school while attending the ceremony where he was installed as a TAU governor. Sher said talks are ongoing about bringing short films from the Tish School of Film to the festival.

FIBA was created in 2016 and brought eight high-tech companies from Israel to work in its offices at the Glazer JCC last year as FIBA officials helped company execs meet potential investors, taught them about the markets in Tampa Bay and gave them advice with the goal of helping them open U.S. offices in the Bay area. Many in the first crop of Israeli businesses at FIBA fared well, finding investors, buyers for their products, or a buyer for their business. A second group of Israeli companies is now going through the same process and this week showcased their products or services before hundreds of local businessmen and investors.

Scher noted that the companies that have come through FIBA are companies that have had time to mature enough to be ready for a U.S. market and are not truly startups, but he said many of the company officials were either grads of TAU or had connections to the university. He said he wants those future Israeli entrepreneurs studying at the university to know about FIBA. “My mission is to create greater ties so we develop a future pipeline between them and FIBA, though this will take some time,” he said.

Sher said his brother, Eddie, who lives in the UK, is a TAU governor and came to Tampa for the opening of the Glazer JCC in 2016. He said his brother “was amazed at what we had accomplished and also was very excited at FIBA and its core mission, which ties in so well with everything TAU.

“Because of my connection to FIBA he invited me to the 2017 Board of Governors conference in Tel Aviv. I was asked to return this year to be inducted as a governor,” he said.

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