About Us

We’re on a mission to transform lives with thoughtfully designed, clean technology. Our innovative products give people the power of self-reliance — because we believe that everyone deserves to be empowered and inspired regardless of how or where they live.


We often get asked the meaning behind our name, so without further ado... MPOWERD stands for Micro POWER Design.

Micro: Create simple, portable, and personal products.
Power: Provide clean technology to expand opportunities.
Design: Combine form and function in all products.

It also turns out that when combined it’s reminiscent of a word that is a core value to our brand: empower. There you have it!

What we do

In 2012 MPOWERD created Luci, the first inflatable solar light with the goal of making an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation. Since then, our vision hasn’t changed too much; we create sustainable, affordable, and thoughtfully designed products that suit the needs of the many.

Why we do it

We believe that everyone deserves access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy, no matter how or where they live. We also believe that the Earth deserves a little more love too.

For over 3 billion people, everyday tasks are made more difficult (and dangerous) than they should be. Access to clean energy can improve health, create education equality, economic empowerment, all the while combating climate change.

How we do it

As a B Corp, we use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. As a social enterprise, we reinvest a majority of our gross revenue to achieve sustainability, grow our reach and ensure the fulfillment of our mission. Aside from our Give Luci Program - which donates lights to our partners - our sustainable business model means that the more we sell here at home, the more affordably we can sell to emerging markets and nonprofits.

Our thoughts

“...it's important to recognize that all of this interconnected; climate change is real, and that’s why it’s important to educate people about the uses of solar energy and other green alternatives. To continue to be a helpful and supportive community member when disaster strikes around the world”

Our leadership

Meet Seungah

Seungah Jeong is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Directors Member of MPOWERD Inc. As a true visionary, Seungah leads the company goals and values toward success and ensures all decision-making reinforces the company mission. Since joining MPOWERD in 2016, Seungah has initiated exceptional growth in revenue and profitability, brand expansion, retail partnerships, operational excellence, and social impact worldwide. She develops and articulates the strategic direction for MPOWERD alongside Founder, John Salzinger, while fostering meaningful relationships and key deliverables across the business.

Seungah is a change leader at heart and infuses her passion for diversity and inclusion, social impact, sustainability, and global health into her work. Serving as the Co-chair on The Board of Directors for the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), her priorities and values align in meaningful ways to both entities. She believes in mobilizing the private sector to take social responsibility for today's most significant challenges and champions innovative thinking as a key to unlocking results-driven solutions. By making it a priority to embed impact and sustainability efforts directly into the Company business model, Seungah strives and succeeds in leading by example.

A widely recognized truth, Seungah is a female business leader powerhouse. She has been included in the Top 100 Women in Impact by Real Leaders as well as the MO 100 Impact CEOs; she has been awarded the Innovative Entrepreneur Award by Social Venture Circle; and she is part of the USPTO's 12% female patent holders. Seungah has spent her career shaping dozens of global brands across a variety of industries and co-founding her own company prior to joining MPOWERD. She successfully manages teams of people, which is evident by her Top 5% rating for Best CEOs by Comparably. In addition, she has been featured in prominent publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Young Turks, and Outside Business Journal.

Seungah attended the University of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy while also completing the dual degree requirements for Environmental Studies; she also has a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Geography from the University of Cambridge, as well as an AAS degree from FIT. She is originally from South Korea and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Seungah is eager to make meaningful connections on LinkedIn with others working to make a positive impact in the world.
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Meet John

John Salzinger is the Founder, Inventor, and Chief Business Development Officer of MPOWERD. A born entrepreneur and leader, John launched MPOWERD in 2012 as a B Corp and Benefit Corporation with the idea that innovative companies have a responsibility to lead – not only in the marketplace, but also socially and environmentally. With social impact and sustainability always top of mind and integrated in the business model, John focuses on strategic relationships, marketing, sales, impact, and the overall vision for MPOWERD. John activates real-world systemic change through connecting the private sector with NGOs and nonprofits to enable transformational and impactful results.

John has been foundational to MPOWERD’s product portfolio, having invented and secured ten patents in the past ten years, as well as multiple trademarks. He also created a unique CSR tool, the Give Luci Program, that enables consumers and corporations to participate in the MPOWERD movement of delivering light and power to those in disaster or humanitarian crises. Throughout his career, John has been a steward of creating vehicles for change to better “people and planet,” and is recognized as a leader in the sustainability sector and business industry by B Corporation, Forbes, Business Insider, CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, Backpacker, Engadget, Gear Junkie, Wired, and many more. John is highlighted as a Worthy 100 Entrepreneur for Environmental Betterment alongside notable other Founders from Warby Parker, Allbirds, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, TOMS, Bombas and Cotopaxi.

Over the course of John’s leadership at MPOWERD, the Company has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Impact Companies by Real Leaders and has received an Aim2Flourish Award for the UN SDG of Partnerships. Furthermore, MPOWERD’s products have received numerous recognitions including the CES Innovation Awards and the Best For the World Changemakers Award; his products have also been Finalists for the Katerva Sustainability Award, Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award, and INDEX Design Award.

In addition to founding multiple companies over his career, he currently serves as an Advisory Councilman for The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and in the working group Corporate Transparency and Disclosure led by the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN). John attended Ithaca College with a focus in Communications and has a degree from Hofstra University in Sociology. He is a life-long resident of New York City.

Please connect with John through LinkedIn to start a conversation on potential partnerships and opportunities, or to share ideas on how to make the world a better, more sustainable place for all.
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At MPOWERD, we're all about making products that make a difference while having a little fun along the way. Think you'd be a good fit? If so, we'd love to hear from you!