Dr. Barak Ben-Avinoam is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in the field of early-stage investments, technology start-ups, accelerators and incubators.
Prior to BGV Barak Ben-Avinoam was a Managing Partner at Fastlane Ventures (FLV), the leading Internet accelerator in Russia. As part of his tenure at FLV Barak was involved at the Board level in launching and fund-raising of successful Russian companies such as IQCard, Vita Portal, Relevant Media and more.
Prior to FLV Barak was Managing Director at QuantumWave Capital (QWC), a boutique, Paris-based investment banking firm specializing in technology mergers and acquisitions. At QWC Barak was involved in evaluating relevant Israeli start-up companies, analysis and strategy planning with the respective CEO’s, and has participated in the M&A process.
In addition, Barak was instrumental in putting together the work plan for a Pan-European technology accelerator.
Prior to QWC Barak was an executive in two of the leading Israeli incubators in the internationally recognized Incubator Program led by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist. At this capacity Barak led dozens of investment transactions and worked closely with CEO’s of early-stage companies.
Before his tenure as an investor Barak was a co-Founder and held C-level positions at several Israeli technology start-up companies, including CEO of Flash Networks, GM of European Operations at Business Layers, and CEO of Prolify.
Dr. Ben-Avinoam also teaches MBA-level seminars in Cross-Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship at leading MBA programs, including at the Technion, Tel-Aviv University and at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel, and at ENPC and ISM in France.
Barak is also an Advisory Board Member, mentor and a panelist at several international acceleration programs, including at the Technion’s BizTEC Program, IBM AlphaZone Accelerator, Samsung’s Runway Acceleration Program, and others.
Barak holds an MBA and a Doctorate of Business Administration, with honors, from the International School of Management, Paris, France. Barak also holds a B.Sc. in Information Systems, with honors, from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Barak is an avid tri-athlete and a long-distance runner. He lives with his wife and four children at Israel’s wine country.