Elaine Chen

Senior Lecturer

Elaine Chen

Elaine is a startup veteran, product strategy and innovation consultant, and author who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market. Elaine enjoys helping teams find their own way forward by inspiring entrepreneurial thinking. As founder and managing director of ConceptSpring, Elaine works with leaders in established businesses to help them set up and run new product innovation initiatives with the speed and agility of a startup. She is the author of the book, Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production.

As the VP of engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies, Elaine has built, grown, and nurtured several technical organizations from the ground up. She is a co-inventor on 22 patents to date, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for numerous organizations. Elaine’s experience spans multiple verticals from consumer electronics, robotics, CAD/CAM, IT solutions for apparel design, manufacturing and retail, to hardware and software solutions in retail and omni-channel commerce.

Elaine has been working with students at MIT since early 2011.  She has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Professional Advisor and Senior Lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the MIT Sloan School of Management. She designs, develops, and teaches courses and programs in entrepreneurship and primary market research, coaches students on a one-on-one basis, and develops systems and processes to scale up the support to entrepreneurial students.  She built the Trust Center’s First Time Founder Knowledge Base from the ground up. In June 2016, she received the Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring from the MIT Sloan School of Management in recognition of her contributions to foster entrepreneurship education at MIT.

Elaine is a thought leader and has been featured in Xconomy, TechCrunch, Forbes and Fortune. She regularly blogs about topics in leadership, entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship.  She is active in the community and a sought-after speaker. She serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, a non-profit organization serving all entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area. Her most recent speaking engagements include the MIT-China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, the MIT Global Entrepreneurial Bootcamp in Seoul, and MakerCon Bay Area.

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

General Expertise: Business plans; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Hi technology companies; Hi-technology / Hi-tech; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Intellectual property; Intellectual property; Leadership; Leadership; Management of technology; Manufacturing management; Market research; New venture development; New ventures; Open innovation; Patents; Positioning; Product design; Product development; Product innovation; Research and development; Robotics; Robots; Software engineering; Startups / Start-ups; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology strategy

    

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Contact Information

Office: E40

E-mail: eychen@mit.edu

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