Jorge Vinicio Murillo | INCAE


Dr. Jorge Vinicio Murillo specializes in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Strategy. His research focuses on the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems, the acquisition of resources in the early stages of companies and corporate entrepreneurship.

Dr. Murillo has vast experience as an academic, consultant, and as a project and program manager. As an academic, he has been linked to INCAE Business School and EARTH University for more than fifteen years as a professor, director of impact centers, project manager, and senior researcher. Dr. Murillo was the co-founder and executive director of the Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs (LACE) at INCAE Business School and the executive coordinator of the research unit at EARTH University.

He has published various publications on entrepreneurship and competitiveness and is currently associated as a researcher at the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) in Barcelona. As a consultant, he has directed strategic reflection processes for entrepreneurs, private companies, sectoral organizations, business associations, and public institutions in Latin America. He has also managed projects financed with funds from the United States government and multilateral organizations.

He obtained his doctorate in Business Administration (Ph.D.) with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship at ESADE Business School, Barcelona, ​​Spain. During her doctorate, she studied the phenomenon of business incubators and accelerators and her dissertation obtained the highest grade that ESADE gives to a doctoral thesis. Additionally, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship, she pursued a Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida, where she graduated with high distinction. He also has an MBA from INCAE with a specialization in Sustainable Development and a degree in Food Engineering with honors from the University of Costa Rica, where he entered with the second best national average in the admission exam in 1993. Dr. Murillo also received business research training at Harvard University.


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Costa Rica
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  • Doctor of Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship (Ph.D.). ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University. 2018- 2022
  • Master in Research in Business Administration (MRes). ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University. 2017- 2018
  • Master in Entrepreneurship (M.Sc.), graduated with High Distinction. Hough Business School, University of Florida. 2014- 2015
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialty in Sustainable Development. INCAE Business School. 2001- 2003
  • Bachelor's Degree in Food Engineering, graduated with Academic Distinction. Costa Rica university. 1993-1999

Work experience

Workplace: INCAE Business School.
From: Jan 2023 Until: Present
Job title: Research associate
Description: researcher at INCAE Business School on entrepreneurship issues.

Workplace: INCAE Business School
From: Jun 2015 Until: September 2017
Job title: Co-founder and Director of the Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs
Description: Co-designed the Center in its initial phase and coordinated its administration, conducted research on entrepreneurship issues.

Workplace: INCAE Business School.
From: August 2012 Until: June 2014
Job title: Researcher – Project Manager
Description: He was in charge of different research projects on topics such as corporate social responsibility, citizen security, the fight against poverty, competitiveness and sustainable development. He coordinated various projects that involved civil society, the private sector, multilateral organizations and government institutions.

Workplace: EARTH University
From: September 2003 Until: June 2014
Job title: Teacher
Description: Taught courses in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management.

Workplace: EARTH University
From: December, 2004 Until: July 2006
Job title: Administrative Coordinator of the Research Unit
Description: Coordinated the administration of different research projects funded by the United States government.

Workplace: Inter-American Development Bank - INCAE
From: August, 2006 Until: July 2008
Job title: Consultant
Description: He was in charge of the research component of the Alliances Project as a Strategy to Improve the Competitiveness of Small Businesses in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Workplace: EARTH University
From: January, 1999 Until: August 2001
Job title: Food Processing Laboratory Manager
Description: He was in charge of the activities of production of processed foods and their commercialization carried out by EARTH University, as well as the preparation of courses related to the areas of Food Processing.