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Why welaunch?

Why welaunch?

silicon prairie startup nation

welaunch – connecting The Silicon Prairie (the US Midwest) and The Startup Nation (Israel).

But Why?

Why Israel? The Startup Nation

Israel has been declared the most important startup ecosystem in the world outside of Silicon Valley, and it has the highest density of startups in the world.

Israel’s Competitive Edge

Total Expenditure in R&D.

1. Israel; 2. Finland; 3. Sweden; 4. Japan

Flexibility & Adaptability

1. Israel; 2. Hong Kong; 3. Australia; 4. Brazil

Entrepreneurship of Managers

1. Israel; 2. Malaysia; 3. Colombia; 4. Taiwan

Availability of Scientists & Engineers

1. Israel; 2. Japan; 3. USA; 4. India

Venture Capital Availability

1. USA; 2. Israel; 3. Hong Kong; 4. Taiwan

Info Technology Skills

1. Israel; 2. Iceland; 3. Denmark; 4. Sweden

  • #1% of GDP on R&D
  • #1 scientists, engineers and technicians, per capita/li>
  • #1 VC investment, per capita (more than all of Europe combined)
  • #1 VC Finds, per capita (70+)
  • #1R&D centers, per capita (300+)
  • #1 Startup Accelerators, per capita (200+)
  • #2 Highest Educated Population

Source: World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, 2016–2017

Why The Silicon Prairie?

welaunch serves emerging US technology markets (non-traditional markets between the coastal mega-city hubs of California and NYC/Boston. These are regions with robust and thriving business, financial & technological ecosystems — with each region having particular industry expertise and influence.

The Silicon Prairie

welaunch‘s initial regional focus is the powerful market, “the Silicon Prairie” — 10 Midwestern States whose GDP makes it the the 5th largest economy in the world!


The Silicon Prairie offers unparalleled opportunities around: Ag-tech, Clean-tech, Food-tech, Fin-tech, Insur-tech, Advanced Manufacturing, the Life Sciences and more.

Pilot Cities

welaunch has commenced operations in:

  • Des Moines, Iowa,
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Indianapolis, Indiana

These 3 cities are major economic and technological hubs within the Silicon Prairie, each providing a strategic foothold, with respective strengths and opportunities, within the region.


Answering one another’s needs …

Israeli Startups are seeking:

New markets
Market introductions
Investment capital

Silicon Prairie Markets are seeking:

New technologies
Competitive edge
Economic development

Why the welaunch Network?

welaunch is building out the Silicon Prairie’s first Israeli investment and business development network

The welaunch network will leverage the power and scale of “the network effect:”

  • Identifying market opportunities & needs
  • Targeting regional verticals & tech clusters
  • Providing startup vetting & selection
  • Facilitating startup placement & process
  • Expanding investment & business development opportunities
  • Providing greater appeal in attracting Israeli Startups
  • Coordinating regional Israeli biz dev & investment efforts
  • Communicating the message of the Silicon Prairie
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