SIMONE CHEN - Engagement Manager

"I think there are two types of people in this world – people who can start things and people who can finish things. And while I place great value on the finishers, it’s the starters who are rare because they can envision what isn’t there." - ED FRANK

Simone Chen is responsible for managing business planning engagements and supporting investment banking initiatives at Growthink.  Since joining the firm, she has worked with clients across multiple sectors, including healthcare, retail, mobile applications and social media. Though clients range from start-ups through multi-million dollar firms, she enjoys working with both sides of the spectrum and assisting them in growing to the next level.

Notable projects include:

  • Opportunity assessment for online billing company seeking to enter the healthcare space
  • Business planning for men's apparel group seeking to diversify via the acquisition of new licensing deals
  • Market assessment and development of fundraising materials for growing mobile photo-to-print application

Prior to joining Growthink, Simone worked at a boutique investment banking firm in Pasadena where she performed market research, valuation and translation services for cross border clients seeking to tap into the Chinese market. She began her professional career in Taiwan, where she performed competitive analysis for Asia-Learning, an online E-learning company for further education. She then later worked with Synthes in Shanghai where she conducted industry analysis in the surgical implant space and worked alongside management to generate proposals for a newly implemented sales model. Her strong market research and analysis background, along with her bilingual skills in Chinese and English, has made her an invaluable asset to multiple international firms. 

Simone holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.