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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...

Tonight I’ll be attending an InsurTech (insurance technology) meetup in Tel Aviv at Mindspace, an AMAZING co-work space. I’ll be there because Israel is quickly ascending into a world leader regarding InsurTech (33% of the most funded InsurTech companies of 2017 are Israeli!), and one of our primary welaunch cities, Des Moines Iowa, is the 2nd largest insurance center in the US (with the highest concentration of insurance companies in the US at 80 and counting). welaunch not only connects Israeli companies to the US Silicon Prairie, but the right...