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>News >At Tampa’s Synapse Summit, all eyes on Florida’s tech, innovation growth

Tampa wasn’t exactly a power player on the global tech scene when Pam Miniati was organizing the Florida Israel Business Accelerator five years ago.

“We’d say, ‘Come to Florida!’ and they’d know where Florida is; and we’d say ‘Come to Tampa!’ and they’d say, ‘Tampa? Where is Tampa?’” Miniati said Thursday at the fifth annual Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena. “It was not on the map. It was not on anyone’s radar, especially internationally.”

How have things changed since? When Miniati told this story, she was sitting on a panel with a tech entrepreneur from Australia and a venture capital investor who started out in Sweden…