Dr. Gil Avnimelech

Assistant Dean for Research, Head of Entrepreneurship and Head of Internship in Strategy and Business Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business Administration


Dr. Gil Avnimelech is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and director of the entrepreneurship center, Faculty of Business Administration at Ono Academic College. From 2015-2019 he was the Vice Dean for Research. Dr. Avnimelech teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at Ono Academic College and Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Avnimelech is one of the leading researchers of the Israeli innovative ecosystem. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, accelerators, open innovation, lean startup, venture capital, cluster development, and innovation policy. Gil has published over 30 articles in leading academic journals, over 15 chapters in academic books and received several research grants.

Dr. Avnimelech is continually involved in the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem as a consultant, mentor, lecturer, and researcher. He also managed the StartOno accelerator for three cohorts. Before his academic position at Ono Academic College, Dr. Avnimelech worked with Prof. Maryann Feldman as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Gil conducted his Ph.D. at the School of Management, Ben Gurion University. Gil has an MA thesis in Strategy and a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University.


Post-doctorate (2)
Public Policy Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Post-doctorate (1)
Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University, 2008
School of Management, Ben Gurion University, 2008
MA Thesis
Faculty of Business Administration, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2004
Department of Economics, Tel-Aviv University, 2002
Economics and Management, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999

Teaching Areas

Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, innovation entrepreneurial finance, accelerators, open innovation, and business plan writing.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship, innovation, financing, mentoring entrepreneurship, accelerators, open innovation, industrial clusters, regional development, and government policy in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Selected Publications