Centers & Initiatives
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 executive. 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 set up and run new ventures with the speed and agility of a startup. Clients span diverse industries, including healthcare IT, industrial automation, robotics, consumer electronics, retail innovation, FinTech, and more. She is the author of the book, Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production.
Elaine has been working with students at MIT since early 2011. She is a Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She designs, develops, and teaches courses and programs in entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship, 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. She also serves on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. In June 2016, Elaine received the Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring from MIT in recognition of her contributions to foster entrepreneurship education at MIT. In 2017, she was selected by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Lemelson Foundation to serve as one of eight Invention Ambassadors for 2017-2018.
Elaine is a thought leader and keynote speaker who has been featured in Xconomy, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Fortune. She covers topics spanning innovation, entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, technology trends, and more. Her most recent speaking engagements include speaking about innovation at a conference on Public-Private Partnership hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; delivering a keynote address for an Employment Conference at MIT; and delivering a keynote address for an International Tourism Innovation Conference in Portugal. She has extensive international experience, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area.
Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.