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Ulises Elias

For more than 10 years I have gathered a hands on experience in the design, implementation and management of regional economic, business and entrepreneurship development projects, considering two programs financed by the Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico and a high-level business education in Innovation Management in Denmark. Along this process I have developed skills in the definition and implementation of creative and innovative solutions for business and economic projects working on a teamwork basis. Right now, I am managing a business accelerator in Tijuana, California and assisting the creation of an entrepreneurship program.

Ulises Elias's Background

Ulises Elias's Experience

Master Student at Aarhus School of Business

September 2009 - September 2011

Msc. Innovation Management. Research Thesis: "Commercialization Strategies of Research Providers and their Realization in the Negotiation Process" Main Topics: - Innovation within the Firm - Intellectual Property - New Product Development - Entrepreneurship - Open Innovation - User-Driven Innovation - Social Networking Strategies Other activities: • Elite course “Applied Business Development”, developing a real-case business plan for a patented oil-water centrifugal separator in the US Market. • Participation in the “Business Idea Competition 2010” organized by Venture Cup Denmark. • Participation in the entrepreneurial development cross-disciplinary workshop Sandbox, at the Studentervækshus Arhus for entrepreneurs. • Participation in the case competition: “Innovation Day Aarhus” at ASB, proposing solutions for the regional economic development of the city of Randers, Denmark. • Volunteer at Start-it, an organization to inspire and promote the entrepreneurial spirit among students in Århus.

Project Manager at Tijuana Economic Development Council

January 2008 - October 2009

Economic Development Organization Participation in the design and management of Economic Development Projects. • Baja Technology Consortium Park for the creation of R&D facilities and incubation of public and private companies. • Development of local strategic economic sectors such as medical devices, aerospace, IT and Medical Tourism. • Coordination in Baja California for the start-up of the “Mega Region Initiative Cali-Baja” led by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation to promote long-term economic strategies in the region Baja California-San Diego.

Planning and Consulting Manager at Centris - Tijuana Economic Development Council

October 2002 - December 2007

Participation in the implementation of an IADB project: ATN/ME-6811 Small Business Development for the Tijuana In-Bond Assembly Industry. • Consultancy for Small Business in the sectors of Information Technology, Biotechnology, Electronics, and Manufacturing. • Design and creation of a without-wall business incubator. Management of incubation of small businesses. • Co-participation in the design and implementation of economic development projects for diverse Mexican regions. • Co-participation in the report “Borderless Innovation” written in collaboration with San Diego Dialogue of the University of California in San Diego Extension, paper showing the potential for the development of strategic industrial sectors between Baja California and the San Diego region.

Junior Associate at Center for Research for Economic and Technology Development (CIDEYT), Chihuahua State University

August 1997 - September 2002

Participation in the implementation of an IADB Economic and Small Business Development Project: TC-95-08-40-1 Human Resource Investment for Regional Business Development (Nueva Vizcaya). • Developing activities such as strategic plans, technology management, and market research for small businesses. • Design of economic development projects in the region. • Economic Research.

New Projects and Evaluation Manager - Innovation Commission at Tijuana Economic Development Corporation

September 2011

Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Development

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mexico Innovation and Development Center MindHub

August 2011

Conceptualization, design and implementation of innovative business ideas. New product development implementation and fundraising.

Independent Consultant in Innovation and Technology Management at (Independent Consultant)

July 2011

Ulises Elias's Education

Aarhus Universitet

2009 – 2011


University of California, San Diego

2004 – 2004

Concentration: How to Create, Growth and Harvest a Biotech Start-up

Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua

1997 – 2002


Concentration: Economics

Ulises Elias's Interests & Activities

Basketball, running, reading about business, technology and culture.

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