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Elaine is a startup veteran and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship consultant who has brought numerous high tech products to market. She grew up in Hong Kong, and moved to the US to study engineering at MIT - eventually building a career as a technology entrepreneur. She has served at the VP level at 5 startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies. She holds 22 patents.

As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, Elaine works with executives and leaders in established businesses to help them develop entrepreneurial skills, craft new innovation processes, and to set up and run new ventures with the speed and agility of a startup. She is also a Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT, where she teaches innovation and entrepreneurship in startup and corporate settings. She is an author and keynote speaker who has addressed audiences all over the world.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management