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Our Team

Connecting The Startup Nation and The Silicon Prairie

The welaunch Team

Experienced global, business and community leaders — throughout Israel and the Midwestern United States.

Rabbi Dr. Baruch HaLevi

co-founder & CEO - Israel

For 15+ years, Baruch served as a synagogue rabbi in Los Angeles, CA, Des Moines, IA and Swampscott, MA, where he built one of the most innovative and successful congregations in the country, as detailed in his book, ``Revolution of Jewish Spirit``. He is a serial social-enterprise entrepreneur, renowned motivational speaker and author of multiple books.

Don Schoen

co-founder & COO - Iowa

Don Schoen is a serial entrepreneur with more than 40+ years experience, owning 6 different companies, with 2 successful technology company exits to publicly traded companies. Active as business and technology consultant and active on the University of Iowa's entrepreneurial and business advisory boards.</p> <p>

Bob Wolfson

co-founder & CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) - Nebraska

After training and working as an attorney in the area of employment discrimination, Bob shifted to working at the Anti-Defamation League for over 28 years and served on the senior leadership team in New York focused on social impact organizational management and leadership, managing 27 regional offices.

Eran Harish

Sr. VP of Business Development - Israel

Eran has spent 20+ years within the Israeli startup ecosystem and international arena focused on strategic business planning, global expansion, fundraising strategy and cross-cultural relationships. In addition to welaunch he is the Business Development Manager at Sagent Management Israel - a global financial and tax services firm.

Larry Turow

Sr. VP of Business Development, Indiana

Larry has spent 20+ years in corporation finance, international business development, and investment planning. He is a Certified Financial Planner Professional and Managing Director with The Grabovsky Group; CEO and founder of both Accelerate Israel - bi-national business development, and Israel Investment Consultants - international investment consulting.

Marjorie Robinow

Director of Engagement & VP of Business Development - Kansas/Missouri

Margie spent 20+ years as a Clinical Psychologist and today consults U.S. businesses in finding and integrating Israeli technologies. Margie is engaged in Israel advocacy and political support on a state and national level.

Jan Goldstein

Director of Community Relations & Tours - Nebraska

Jan spent 20+ years as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, past Director for the Jewish Agency For Israel's P2G Central Area Partnership Consortium, and Director of North American Tours for Amiel Tours, Israel's longest running, largest, privately owned land tour operator.

Edie Roodman

VP of Business Development - Oklahoma

Edie spent 25 years as the CEO/Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City, and is now the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE).

Jacob Millner

VP of Business Development - Minnesota

Jacob is a public policy professional, the Midwest Regional Director and Senior Policy Analyst with The Israel Project, a Washington D.C. based strategic communications organization and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

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