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Seungah Jeong (CEO) and John Salzinger (Co-Founder, CBDO)

Location: A disused railway line converted into a unique public park, the High Line stretches for one and a half miles above the streets of Manhattans West Side. The park has been planted with wildflowers and grasses, has attractive wooden landscaping and modern art installations are dotted along the route. See also page number ??? //

MPOWERD – Innovative clean energy products

Consumer Goods
Founded in 2012
20 employees
Funding undisclosed

MPOWERD is a growing NYC-based B Corporation that works to help people fit clean energy into their daily lives. In 2012, they created the inflatable solar Luci light – a sleek, sustainable and well-designed light that is completely powered by the sun and literally fits in the palm of your hand. The lightweight, portable Luci lets you bring a little light wherever you need it, whether you’re adding a modern touch to your home, hitting the trails or traveling off grid. The company is driven by their mission to empower the lives of the 1.5 billion people living without electricity in low-income countries – the more lights sold, the more lights they can deliver to people who need them at affordable prices. With the help of 200+ NGO partners in over 90 countries, MPOWERD has sent clean, reliable solar light all over the world to places like Nepal, Uganda and Peru. That’s why they call Luci the little light that does BIG things.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.