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Yes, You can create a ".desktop" file in "~/.local/share/applications", then the specified "Icon" Should show up in the Gnome Shell Menu ( You may, or may not need to reload the shell: "alt-F2, r <enter>" )

This is for example my "Unreal Tournament 2004" launcher:

$ cat ~/.local/share/applications/ut2004.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Unreal Tournament 2004
Comment=Unreal Tournament 2004
Exec=/home/joe/Games/ut2004/ut2004
Icon=/home/joe/Downloads/ut2004.png
Terminal=false

Or my "Armory" Launcher:

$ cat ~/.local/share/applications/armory.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Bitcoin Armory
Comment=Bitcoin Armory
Exec=python /home/joe/Git/BitcoinArmory/ArmoryQt.py
Icon=/home/joe/Git/BitcoinArmory/img/armory_logo_h72.png
Terminal=false

etcetera etcetera