RIIC Celebrates Three Years Connecting the Ocean State to the Start Up Nation of Israel


When the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) launched as an independent Chamber of Commerce three years ago, founder Avi Nevel expected the group to hold a few events a year, the perfect project after a career spent leveraging relationships into successful international business partnerships.

Instead, RIIC, a volunteer, 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization, has become far more than a meetings venue, facilitating business deals between leading Israeli and Rhode Island academic institutions and technology and healthcare companies, and helping to organize a groundbreaking and fruitful mission to Israel by Governor Gina Raimondo — the first such visit by a sitting Rhode Island governor.

“Israel is a global leader in research and technology, and I was honored to have the opportunity last year to visit Israel and see this innovation firsthand,” said Gov. Raimondo. “Rhode Island is stronger thanks to the economic and academic partnerships we have built with Israel, and the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative has been instrumental to that work. I want to thank Avi Nevel and the entire team at the RIIC for your steadfast leadership over these past three years.”