Enter and succeed in the U.S. through Virginia

The Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) is a government agency that helps Israeli companies build and grow their U.S. operations in Virginia.

We Make Business Happen Between Israel and Virginia

There are strong synergies between Virginia and Israeli business particularly in manufacturing; maritime and military related industries.

In 20 years we brought 100 Israeli companies to Virginia and helped them grow

Strauss Group’s $100m Sabra Hummus Factory
Zim’s Israel Shipping Lines North America Headquarters
Teva Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Plant
25 Defense & Cyber Security Companies


When choosing a U.S. site for your Israeli company, partnerships and non-financial incentives often have a more significant impact on your bottom-line than outright financial grants and tax breaks.

Virginia Israel Advisory Board Executive Director Dov Hoch shared the stage with the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Chairman of the Association of American States in Israel at the U.S. Israel Business Summit on May 29th in Tel Aviv. Dov provided case studies of why leading Israeli companies choose to locate in Virginia -- each for the different reasons. "Strategic partnerships can radically reduce your time-to-money; and cut costs of setting up operations by 80%".

Become a Virginia Partner

Virginia Companies Seeking Israeli R&D and Manufacturing Partners

Find an Israeli innovation partner to gain competitive advantages and shorten R&D cycles through developing manufacturing; R&D and technology joint ventures. Also check out our: Virginia Israel Open Innovation program.

Become a Virginia Partner

Become an Israeli Partner

Israeli Companies Looking to do Business in the United States

The Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB) facilitates partnerships for Israeli companies to build and grow their operations in Virginia.

Become an Israeli Partner

The Virginia Israel Advisory Board is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Office of the General Assembly) that facilitates Israeli companies to establish and grow their operations in Virginia and Virginia companies to source innovative Israeli technology. Our goals are to increase investment and develop lasting partnerships that expand and enhance the workforce in Virginia.

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Virginia companies can access Israeli innovative technologies to gain competitive advantages and shorten R&D cycles and lower costs. 

Israel has the highest number of people (per capita) working in R&D in the world and the highest venture capital investment levels per capita in the world.  These factors created a pool of hundreds of early-stage, innovative Israeli companies seeking to enter the U.S. market, and they are ripe to partner with mature Virginia businesses. 

To access Israeli innovation, many leading U.S. companies built substantial R&D centers and business accelerators in Israel (e.g. Google; Apple; Motorola; CNN; Coca Cola; Microsoft). Intel recently committed investing $11 billion more in their Israel plant and Warren Buffet’s first acquisition outside the U.S. was an Israeli company. 


Israel has the highest R&D expenditures; the most startups and the highest VC funding rate (per capita) in the world.

The Virginia Israel Advisory Boards Open Innovation program provides Virginia companies access to innovative Israeli Technology and can often fund R&D and product development JVs.

Open (External) Innovation programs enhance internal R&D by acquiring I.P. technology and products outside of the company.  15 examples of Open Innovation between the largest U.S. companies and start-ups     

VIAB Open Innovation Program – Process

  • Large Virginia enterprises with structures open innovation programs provide their requirements
  • VIAB identifies and vets innovative Israeli technologies for Virginia companies per their criteria
  • Jointly develop product and partnerships between the Israeli and Virginia entities through a range of models including new company formation in Virginia and expanding the Virginia company’s operations.
  • Fund the joint Israeli-Virginia R&D and commercialization projects through Israeli funding sources.