Dr. Gil Avnimelech

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


Lecturer, researcher and consultant in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, entrepreneurial finance and innovation policy. Served from 2015-2020 as Deputy Dean of Research. Founder of the OnoVation Entrepreneurship Center and co-founder of the StartOno Accelerator acceleration program. As a business consultant, specializes in Lean Startup, business models, open innovation and business plans. Mentor and lecturer in accelerators. Previously accompanied ventures to the BizTech competition (3 consecutive wins 2011-2013). Has extensive experience in research / consulting projects for the European Union (5 projects of the European Framework) and Israeli government bodies (4 projects). In the years 2004-2008 served as an academic advisor of the venture capital industry magazine in Israel, IVC Journal, and recently took part in publishing an open innovation magazine. In the years 2000-2001 sereved as a labor market analyst at Poalim Capital Markets and in the years 1998-1999 worked as a research assistant in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel.


Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hale UNC-CH (2009).
Business Administration from Tel Aviv University (2008).
Business Administration from Ben Gurion University (2007).
Master's Degree:
Economics from Tel Aviv University (2002).
Bachelor’s Degree:
Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1999).

Teaching Areas

Entrepreneurship, innovation, financing and mentoring entrepreneurship, accelerators, open innovation and writing a business plan

Research interests

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