Carla Costa


I’m a PhD candidate in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship in the scope of the CMU-Portugal partnership. I’m in the Social and Decision Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon University. I received a M.Sc. degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 2002 in Engineering Policy and Management of Technology and graduated in 1994 with a 5-year B.S. in Business Administration at Instituto Superior das Ciências, do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE), both in my Portugal, my native country. I worked at the Portuguese Governmental Agency for Innovation where I provided support to the development of technology-based companies in tasks like the commercialization of R&D results. I also worked at a biotech business incubator and at IST's entrepreneurship office. My research interests focus in the intersection between innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional economic development. I aim to contribute to a better understanding of how firm creation propels economic development and to the characterization of the role that technology-based entrepreneurship plays in this relationship. My hobbies are scuba diving, skiing, yoga, hiking, rafting, and reading.


PhD Candidate in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship