Building a successful new venture inside an existing organization is filled with challenges. Key to success is creating an innovation group that can run at the pace of a startup, while ensuring that value generated flows into the parent organization with a well-defined process.

ConceptSpring guides intrapreneurs toward this balance. We help leaders create the right organizational structures and processes for these innovation groups. With our extensive experience in startup and corporate entrepreneurship, we combine the latest research and best practices with each organization’s specific needs to help them succeed.

Our Founder and Managing Director, Elaine Chen, is a Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT. She has over twenty-five years of global experience in building innovative new ventures in startup and corporate settings. Our clients include corporations, non-profits, and government agencies across all industry sectors.

How we work

Corporate Training

Standard and custom training programs on startup and corporate entrepreneurship

Project Consulting

Project-based consulting to help you launch and grow new entrepreneurial initiatives

Process Design

Consultative support designing a custom innovation process for your organization


“Elaine worked with me and my team to create an Executive Program for business/public sector executives from the CLMVT region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand). It was a very successful program and the level of satisfaction from participants were very high.”

Pornvit Sila-On, Director of New Economy Academy, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand

“Elaine worked with my product team intensively over a three month period, during which she helped take an idea from concept to a defined MVP with a clear execution plan. Elaine is a creative, focussed and high-energy consultant who brings a wealth of start-up expertise to the table. I would hire her again without hesitation.”

Jonathan Hakim, Founder & CEO, Cignifi

“Elaine expertly assessed the organization’s areas of strength and needs for improvement. She is extraordinarily adept at understanding the inner workings of a tech operation. Her recommendations were right on, and we have already seen improvement in the team’s effectiveness.”

Lucy Ofiesh, Chief Operating Officer, Center for Open Science