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Israel & The Silicon Prairie

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Baruch HaLevi and Don Schoen are on a mission to unite the Start-up Nation and the Silicon Prairie through welaunch, a U.S.-based not-for-profit that connects Israeli companies to business and investment opportunities and resources throughout its Silicon Prairie network. CEO and cofounder HaLevi says he has deep roots to the American Midwest. He was born and raised in Omaha, went to the University of Kansas, and led his first synagogue in Des Moines before moving on to Boston, then Israel. However, he found...

welaunch was formed with the intention of connecting the Silicon Prairie (the US Midwest) and the Start-up Nation (Israel). But, why? Let’s start with water. Simply put, we have a growing water crisis. When it comes to water - most people don't even realize, we are literally running out. It is not overly dramatic or unfounded to say that at our current pace, within a matter of years, certainly a few decades, we're going to be in dire straits. And it’s...

Recently I was listening to the"Future of Agriculture" podcast  (a great primer on all things agricultural and food technology related) episode 42, an interview with Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Chief Editor of AgFunderNews.com. She was asked to talk about the most important worldwide centers of Ag-tech development. The US, as in most every area, is clearly number one (although, unlike most areas of technology, when it comes to ag-tech and food-tech, Silicon Valley is not the epicenter as it is an industry far more...

“Are you a mountain person, desert person or an ocean person,” someone recently asked me?  As I stood there thinking about it i realized I’m none of the above. Although it may not be sexy, cool or all that popular, I’m a “wide open fields” kind of guy. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Nebraska, literally across the street from corn fields. Maybe it’s because I went to school in Kansas, around the corner from endless fields of wheat. Or...

"Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" -Golda Meir Golda was right, Israel has no oil and very little by way of natural resources. However, necessity is indeed the mother of invention and Israelis, facing so many natural (and man-made-rough-neighborhood) challenges needs to invent it's own solutions. That's what Israeli's do. And nowhere is...

Here is a now daily conversation I have with Israeli entrepreneurs. When they ask me what I do, I share with them that I am CEO of welaunch, a social enterprise, helping The Startup Nation (Israel) find The Silicon Prairie (US Midwest); and facilitating in the Silicon Prairie attracting the startups, companies and technologies of The Startup Nation. When they ask me what the Silicon Prairie has to offer, I share with them information like you'll find in this article. Silicon...

For nearly 20 High Holy Days I stood in front of a congregation (in LA, Des Moines, Omaha or Boston) and "preached" messages of prosperity, promise and the hope that tomorrow can be better than today. Today, instead of preaching from the pulpit, I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with men and women who not only preach these messages, but embody them. They aren't rabbis. Rather they are scientists and engineers, technicians and CEO's. They are the men and women of Israel....

welaunch is off to an amazing start after this past week as Iowa wrapped up a trade mission to the Startup Nation (Israel) led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham and the Iowa Economic Economic Development Authority.  In addition to business development, Iowa and the governor also came to participate in, and speak at, Watech (Israel's leading water technology conference). Governor Reynolds was accompanied by a robust and amazing delegation from across Iowa - one of whom was welaunch's very own,...