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BY MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN Government officials, industry leaders and corporate executives from the Midwest are hoping to cultivate economic development between Israel and “Silicon Prairie”: Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. A group of 10 interested individuals will be in Israel from May 6-10 on a joint mission of Israel’s Economic Mission to the Midwest, Jewish National Fund and the newly developed welaunch nonprofit entity, which aims to promote commerce, investment and partnership...

The annual Aipac Policy Conference, held in Washington DC was once-upon-a-time a strictly political action and state-of-the-union style event. However, about five years ago, with the rise of Israel as The Start-up Nation, it began to shift. Today, although it is still very much about all those other things, it has ascended into an innovation conference as well. Check out this awesome segment from the conference on some important technologies, CropX and their game changing ag-tech sensor or  StemRad and...

There are more than 400 cutting-edge Israeli ag-tech startups on the scene today. Precision-Agriculture is the future of farming and here are some of the hottest companies you'll meet on the welaunch Ag-tech and Food-tech Tour and conference this spring. • Biotech – Typically involves breeding of plants and bacteria with improved traits to help plant growth. Some companies use genetic technologies for that. These include companies such as Groundwork BioAg, Rootility, and Kaiima. • Smart farming – Data-based technologies making use...

Tuesday was a historic day for Israel (though the vast majority of the world, even Israelis and Israel supporters have no idea what transpired).  On November 28th, the United Nations passed an Israeli resolution (141 to 1 with 34 abstentions) focused on utilizing Israel ag-tech (agricultural technologies) in addressing growing food and water sustainability issues. The UN, after all, has not historically been supportive of Israel (to say it mildly) and this vote was the most supported Israel resolution to date....

You may know that Israel is referred to as "The Startup Nation," due to it's disproportionate amount of tech startups, innovations and world renown startup ecosystem. But did you know that Israel is also, "The Cyber Nation," responsible  for roughly 20 percent of global private cybersecurity investment and 10 percent of the global market share. By every measure Israel is a world cyber superpower and welaunch is proud to present our 6 day, 5 star, business development - Cybersecurity Tour,...

Not a single day goes by where I don't pause and marvel at the reality here in Israel. In less than 70 years Israel has not only survived, but ascended to become The Startup Nation. 350+ Multi-National R&D centers, 200+ Startup Accelerators, 70+ VC Funds, 6000+ Startups (1400 new ones every year). These are unprecedented and unparalleled figures, and the list goes on and on. Contrary to what too many people have been led to believe, Israel is not on the front...

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....