Dr. Elsie Echeverri-Carroll is a Senior Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in regional and urban planning from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Netherlands Institute of Social Studies.
She has published on the topics of business models in Mexico, trade in the Americas, high technology in industrialized and developing countries, and women/Hispanics in business. Her NSF-funded research on income inequalities in high-tech regions has resulted in several publications in refereed journals. In 2008, the business magazine PODER included Echeverri-Carroll in the list of 50 academic “cerebros fugados” from Colombia among 250 candidates.
She has taught in the master’s program in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Community and Regional Planning, and in the MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business. She also taught in a joint Ph.D. in Business between the McCombs School of Business and Monterrey Tech-México.
She is Principal Investigator (jointly with Co-PIs Dr. David Gibson from the IC² Institute and Professor Michael Oden from Community and Regional Planning) of a year-and-half long research project: “Influencers and Institutions: Understanding their Contribution to the Birth and Sustained Growth of Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” This project is being funded by the Kauffman Foundation. She has been part of the IC² Institute’s teams to accelerate technology-based entrepreneurship in Monterrey (Mexico), Puerto Rico, Moncton (Canada), and Bogotá (Colombia). She has being Principal Investigator for several IC² institute programs to accelerate technology commercialization in Medellín, Colombia including PTCPs (Practical Technology Commercialization Programs) and internships in Austin for PTCP winning teams. These projects were funded by RutaN, the innovation agency for the City of Medellín. She was PI for two energy-specialized PTCPs and a project to evaluate the commercialization potential of four technologies from local universities. Both projects were funded by Empresas Públicas de Medellín, the second largest company in Colombia. Prior to the IC² Institute, she worked at the National Planning Department in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was responsible for coordinating regional economic plans funded by international organizations (e.g., World Bank).
She is also co-founder of Patagonia Pantry, a startup that imports processed products from Chile to Whole Foods, the world leader in natural and organic products.