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We’re Building
A New Economy

Re-imagining power and leadership in the innovation economy.

Who we are

Who We Are

We share a vision of an economy that emerges from the pandemic to provide greater opportunity and prosperity for all.

We invest in diverse teams because they win, and I want to win!

Barbara Clarke

Founder and President

Our groundbreaking venture capital and philanthropic fund was founded by Barbara Clarke, one of the most prolific investors in women, especially women of color-led innovative tech startups.

When we democratize access to capital and put diverse teams in positions of power, we can solve big problems faster and with better outcomes. When incredible ideas, fantastic founders and cutting-edge companies get the resources they need to succeed with a team that takes full advantage of the diversity of human experience — we can build a better future, together.

Our Team

We believe in the value of diversity and inclusion to drive our collective future. Our team is built to deliver on those beliefs through diverse dealflow, business best practices, data-driven results, mentoring and resources for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and innovative investors.

Barbara Clarke

Founder and President

Barbara Clarke

Cheryl Contee

Chief Innovation Officer

Cheryl Contee

Terence Craig

Chief Investment Officer

Terence Craig

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Associate

Gabby De La Cruz

Lisa Jessogne

Executive Assistant

Lisa Jessogne

  • Our expert team reflects our vision of diversity that drives success and that values experience-driven decisionmaking.

    Cheryl Contee

    Chief Innovation Officer

Our Values

The principles below are vital to our approach with individuals and organizations as we speak, mentor, invest and partner.

We are demystifying the investment process to make it more accessible. Opening the door to funding next generation startups creates a more equitable and enlarged economy.

Results

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Results matter - both in value and impact. We look for data and science driven-solutions to our world’s challenges.

Passion

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We share the entrepreneurial spirit of invention and innovation that can change the world.

Progress

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Progressive and future-oriented values are reflected in our investments and partnerships.

Joy

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We celebrate successes alongside our startup founders and partners!

Honesty

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The truth is the most powerful tool for decision-making.

Community

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We’re creating an ecosystem that is accessible and positive.

Where We Invest

The science is solid on the benefit of diverse teams.

Inclusive innovation is morally sound, produces better decisions, uses capital more efficiently, and provides better returns.

Terence Craig

Chief Investment Officer

In these difficult times, we’re looking to fund powerful, complex innovation that solves big problems. The data consistently shows that diverse teams are essential to building breakthroughs. We are charting a better, more successful way forward.

Investing

With investments in over 60 companies and over a dozen venture funds, our investment strategy is centered on diversity, inclusion and profitability. We don’t believe in perpetuating systems that exclude innovation based on what you look like, who you know, or who knows you.

Advocacy

We actively promote dialogue and policymaking in partnership with progressive movement leaders to plant the seeds of greater success for women-led and particularly women-of-color led companies.

Philanthropy

The Impact Seat’s strategy is laser-focused on building entrepreneurial ecosystems that create communities of inclusive innovation.

Portfolio Highlights

Funds and Networks

Thought Leadership

Friday, April 16th @ 10:45am PDT / 1:45pm EDT

Organizing 2.0

Clubhouse 101

What is Clubhouse? Learn about the audio-only social media app that’s taking activist spaces by storm, how it works, and how you can use it to hold authentic and informative discussions in an increasingly virtual world. Join Chief Innovation Officer Cheryl Contee and Queens District Leader @Emilia Decaudin to discuss how to use Clubhouse as a tool for community organizing.

Event Link

Friday, April 16th at 3:45pm PDT / 6:45pm EDT

Organizing 2.0

Emerging Tech Trends

We are living in a time of rapid social innovation and technological transformation. This session talks through the trends happening now in the realms of AI, Machine Learning, Bots, Deepfake videos, New Platforms, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality, Blockchain and more.

Event Link

Saturday, April 17th at 8am PDT / 11am EDT

Princeton University

TigerLaunch Startup Competition VC Panel

Teams will have 5 minutes to pitch their startups to a panel of VC judges. There will be $20k in no-strings-attached prize money available, along with the chance to receive immediate feedback from the judges and hear from guest speakers!

This is a private event.