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Traditionally when Israel looks to cooperate commercially with America, people immediately think of the east and west coasts but rarely give serious thought to the center of the country.  But a new initiative emanating from Illinois aims to change that perception and create a third center of interest for Israeli industry. Toward that end ground was recently broken in Chicago for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a new research institute there where world-class researchers will work side-by-side with students and businesses to...

Will Israel be rebranded as the Solution Nation? If so, credit should be given to a newly-released and wonderfully-written book entitled Solution Nation: One Nation is Disproportionately Responding to the World’s Most Intractable Problems. Solution Nation provides fascinating insights into 62 of Israel’s most enterprising companies. All of the featured companies are developing solutions directed towards providing rescue and relief to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Just a few of the solutions these companies are bringing to the market are directed...

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...

Venture Capital Availability:  Key to Attracting Tech By Sherwin Pomerantz A recent article in US News & World Report ranks U.S. states by the amount of venture capital funding invested into projects in each state in 2017.  The results show that a whopping 80% of all venture capital dollars is invested in just four states:  California ($11.6 billion), Massachusetts ($2.63 billion), New York ($2.36 billion) and Texas ($747 million).  Rounding out the top 10 are Florida ($511 million), Maryland ($406 million), Illinois...