Dr Shieak Tzeng

Founder & Partner

I am a New Zealand-based professional development coach, company executive, and former university academic best known for being the Founder of Elucimed, Executive Director of Wellumio, and Principal Partner at INNER MVP. 


My passion for human capability development grew from two decades of experience grappling with the realities of fostering talent in academia and industry. I saw how easy it was for people to ‘fall through the cracks’ even in brilliant organisations because they lacked access to leadership training. In industry we learned to solve this problem with “startup incubation”, providing training and support for company founders. But the idea of incubating academics leading a lab, research centre, or a teaching program is still unheard of.


Inspired to make a difference, I founded INNER MVP in 2017 to provide institutions tasked with growing our next generation of knowledge-workers access to a premium leadership incubator focused on the soft skills and ‘intangibles’ that are key to thriving in today’s world. Academically I have a background in medicine and bioengineering and was formerly an Associate Professor at Otago University, New Zealand. This means I know firsthand the challenges people face in the research and innovation ecosystem.

When I'm not coaching, I'm innovating. I have co-founded multiple deep-tech companies and continue to lead research and development programs in the technology industry.

Stop shrinking yourself to fit places you have outgrown.

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