Evidence-based Policy & Innovation Research Lab

Epic Lab.

ABOUT EPIC LAB

What We Do

We are a research laboratory, of the Catholic University’s School of Engineering, dealing with entrepreneurship and innovation policies.

We aim at a specific challenge of entrepreneurship public policy in Chile: count on timely and robust information to strengthen and accelerate the designing of entrepreneurship-promoting programs.

Main goal: to identify cause and effect of the public programs that promote enterprise, thus improving the impact, knowledge and the creation of entrepreneurship.

EPIC Lab focuses its efforts on understanding more profoundly entrepreneurship phenomena at the meso- (entrepreneurship performance) and micro- (cognition, behavior and preferences) levels.

Lines of Research:

EPIC Lab focuses its research and projects along three basic lines:

  • Entrepreneurship: Capabilities for discovering opportunities.
  • Policies: How policies affect new enterprises and individual results.
  • Learning: Learn the entrepreneurial spirit.

Core Team

Michael Leatherbee | EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Organizations at Stanford University's Management Science and Engineering Department.

Michael Leatherbee, Ph.D.

Academic Director
Rodrigo Frías | EPIC Lab UC

MS.c. in Technology and Innovation Management at Sussex University's Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU).

Rodrigo Frías, MS.c.

Executive Director
Ana María Albornoz|EPIC Lab UC

B.Sc. in Mathematics, minoring in Computer Programming at Universidad Católica de Chile.

Ana María Albornoz

Data & Software Engineer
Macarena González |EPIC Lab UC

B.A. in Economics; M.Sc (c) in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

Macarena González, MS.c. (c)

Data Analyst

Academic Partners

Juanita Uribe-Gonzalez | EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from Columbia University. Assistant professor at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Juanita Uribe-Gonzalez, PH.D.

Rita Katiila | EPIC Lab UC

Professor at Stanford University's Management Science and Engineering Department.

Riitta Katila, PH.D.

Charles Eesley | EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D., MIT, Sloan School of Management. Assistant Professor at Stanford University.

Charles Eesley, PH.D.

Sam Garg | EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. in Organizations, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University's Management Science and Engineering Department. Assistant professor at HKUST.

Sam Garg, PH.D.

Amanda Williamson | EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. Researcher at Sheffield University.

Amanda Williamson, PH.D. (c)

Edgar Kausel |EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. in Management, University of Arizona. Assistant Professor at Universidad Católica, Chile.

Edgar Kausel, PH.D.

Julio Partuze |EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Assistant Professor at Universidad Católica, Chile.

Julio Pertuzé, PH.D.

Patricio Del Sol |EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University.

Patricio del Sol, PH.D.

Stephen Zhang |EPIC Lab UC

Ph.D. National University of Singapore; Assistant Professor at Universidad Católica, Chile.

Stephen Zhang PH.D.

Fellows

Sebastian Alba |EPIC Lab UC

Undergraduate student, School of Engineering at Universidad Católica.

Sebastián Alba

Nicolas Lozano|EPIC Lab UC

Undergraduate student, School of Engineering at Universidad Católica.

Nicolás Lozano

guridi-jose-antonio-epic-lab-fellow

Undergraduate student, School of Engineering at Universidad Católica. Master of Science (c) in Engineering.

José Antonio Guridi

Benjamín Abarca|EPIC Lab UC

Undergraduate student, School of Engineering at Universidad Católica.

Benjamín Abarca

Associated Institutions