About Us

In addition to the Core Team members guiding you as you propel your startup forward, Empowered is fortunate to have a deep pool of talented, innovative, and connected Collaborators. We are committed to enhancing the prosperity of the startup ecosystems where our portfolio ventures grow.


Core Team

The Empowered Startups Core Team draws its strength from its members’ combined business experience, word class educational accomplishments and complementary skillsets.


We have cultivated relationships with accomplished business mentors from a variety of industries, we actively partner with innovative researchers at university labs, and we are pleased to work with highly-skilled service providers.


Core Team

Amber Allen

Core Team: Co-Founder

Rob Adamovsky

Core Team: Startup Leader

Ben Capps

Collaborator: Service Provider

Elmien Dicker

Core Team: CEO-in-Residence

Paul Girodo

Core Team: Co-Founder

Naheed Henderson

Core Team: CEO - Global Accelerator Program

Christopher Lennon

Core Team: President and General Counsel

Sean Lumb

Collaborator: Advisor

Matthew Pattinson

Core Team: Startup Leader

Stephanie Smith

Core Team: Industrial Designer and Graphics

Praveen Varshney

Collaborator: Advisor