Empower Micro Systems

Empower's Chip Scale Inversion is superior power inversion technology. It dramatically increases reliability, improves efficiency and lowers cost.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Santa Clara, CA, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2011
  • Employees 9
  • Website empowermicro.com

Company Summary

Empower Micro has invented, filed patents, proven with over 50,000 hours in the field a disruptive power inversion architecture which is immediately useful in energy storage, electric vehicles and solar electricity. This technology addresses real market pain in a $14B annual and growing power inversion industry. When compared to alternatives, Empower's solution eclipses them on reliability, efficiency, price, weight, size and features.


  • Jon Bonanno
    Chief Commercial Officer

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  • Mika Nuotio

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  • Dragan Maksimovic
    Senior Advisor

    Dr. Maksimovic received his Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1989. In 1992, he joined the University of Colorado at Boulder . In 1998, with Prof. Robert W. Erickson, he co-founded the Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC), and has since served as the CoPEC Co-Director. CoPEC research program in smart power electronics and digital control for high-frequency switched-mode power converters.
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  • Ken Lawler
    Senior Advisor

    Ken has over 27 years of Venture Capital experience focused primarily on semiconductor and networking infrastructure technology investments. Most recently Ken spent 17 years as a General Partner at Battery Ventures.

  • Kiki Tidwell
    Senior Advisor

    Kiki is President of the Tidwell Idaho Foundation. Tidwell operates in the private equity and charitable foundation worlds, impact investing in both realms. Kiki is an active member of Northwest Energy Angels, a Kauffman Fellow, direct venture investor in over 8 deals and a Limited Partner in six venture funds.

  • Jurgen Krenkhe
    Senior Advisor

    Jurgen W. Krehnke was the President and General Manager of SMA America and President of SMA Canada, the North American divisions of global solar technology giant SMA Solar Technology AG. In these roles, Krehnke was responsible for all sales, marketing, finance, logistics, and service in the North and Central American regions.

  • Eugene Zhang
    Senior Advisor

    Eugene Zhang, Managing Director and co-founder, Tsinghua University Executive Entrepreneur Club (TEEC Angel Fund) and Managing Director of InnoSpring Seed Fund, has a keen eye for promising start-ups + brings his passion and expertise to help portfolio companies cross the commercialization gap while bridging the Sino-American businesses. Eugene was founder & CEO of JEDA Technologies, and previously worked at Juniper Networks, Cisco & Sun


  • Ron Star
    Tim Cowart

Previous Investors

  • Founders
    Kiki Tidwell, Ken Lawler
    Eugene Zhang

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