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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...

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...

Here's a great article by Christine McGuigan at  SILICON PRAIRIE NEWS about Omaha & Lincoln Nebraska, two key players within the Silicon Prairie (a term I learned from my friend, Jeff Slobotski, CEO of Router Ventures quoted in this article). There is tremendous need not only to connect these two cities, but all the cities and states within this region. In the words of of JFK, "a rising tide lifts all boats." This is a serious region with huge technological potential which will...