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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...

Sometimes when you can't say it any better, well, you just shouldn't even try and leave it at that. This is one of those times. Rob Leclerc of AgFunder News shares 4 Reasons Why Israel is Now a Developed AgriFood Tech Hub and sums up perfectly why the recent welaunch Ag-tech & Food-tech Israel tour was such a success. Two weeks ago, I went to Israel to attend Food and Ag Week including FoodTech IL 2018 hosted by the Strauss Group and...

Israel, aka “The Startup Nation,” is also known as "the Silicon Wadi," an Arabic pun on "the Silicon Valley," and rightly so. Many Israeli-Arabs and Palestinians are engaged in the thriving Israeli startup and high tech ecosystem, with certain cities like Nazareth leading the way. Absolutely, more attention, energy and resources need to be devoted to providing each of these groups pathways into the Startup Nation, along with many other minorities and/or marginalized groups - not only in Israel, but in the...

Israel has more start-ups, investment capital, multinational R&D centers and companies on the NASDAQ, per capita, than anywhere else in the world -- and the list goes on. This is why Israel has been dubbed the “Start-up Nation”  However, the question we need to answer is, “Why Israel?” Why did this tiny country, a young country, a country with no natural resources and perennially pounded by all kinds of adversity become the Start-up Nation? Although Israel is all about technological breakthroughs,...

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...