We’re Building a New Economy: Re-imagining Power and Leadership in the Innovation Economy.

Discover how
A collage of Impact Seat fellows

We share a vision of an economy that provides greater opportunity and prosperity for all.

The Impact Seat invests in innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Our approach uses advocacy, philanthropy and investment to build a new and more equitable economy. We invest in early stage startups with diverse teams that share power with traditionally excluded founders.

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.

Collage of Impact Seat fellows

We Are The New Economy

  • Image of Helen Adeosun, Founder & CEO of CareAcademy

    Helen Adeosun

    CEO + Founder

    Barbara Clarke was the first investor in CareAcademy, who have developed cutting-edge, easy-to-use training technology serving senior home care professionals and agency owners.

    Read the CareAcademy story
  • Kim Folsom

    Kim Folsom

    Founder and CEO

    Led by CEO Kim Folsom, FFCP bridges the financing gap for historically excluded founders of small, fast growing businesses by providing capital, training and mentorship.

    Read the Founders First Capital Partners story
  • SHaun Bagai

    Shaun R. Bagai

    CEO

    The Impact Seat's Founder, Barbara Clarke, invested early in this medical device extending the lives of those with inoperable pancreatic cancer. RenovoRX is now publicly trading on the NASDAQ.

    Read the RenovoRX story
  • Image of Trish Costello, Founder and CEO of Portfolia

    Trish Costello

    CEO + Founder

    As a board member of the women-owned and women-centered fintech company Portfolia, Barbara Clarke encouraged the creation of a fund focused on women of color and LGBTQ+ founders. The pioneering…

    Read the Portfolia, Inc. story
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Meet Our Team

Barbara Clarke

Barbara Clarke

Founder and President

Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee

Chief Innovation Officer

Gabby De La Cruz

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Associate

Lisa Jessogne

Lisa Jessogne

Executive Assistant

Learn how we invest

Invest in Innovation

At The Impact Seat, we believe in demystifying the investment process and entrepreneurship journey to democratize access to capital. Here, we share knowledge that can expand opportunities for new founders and investors to achieve success.

The 19th Represents Virtual Summit

We're excited to sponsor this year's 19th Represents Virtual Summit – join us for five days of impactful programming. Join us for keynotes and conversations with leaders, history-makers and rising stars, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama, sports icon Billie Jean King, and musical guests Julien Baker and Demi Lovato.

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Women's Fast Pitch San Diego 2021

Our Chief Innovation Officer, Cheryl Contee, is joining this year's annual Women's Fast Pitch Competition to judge some of San Diego's best and brightest entrepreneurs! The winner of this regional event will get a chance to pitch in the national competition at the 8th annual Women's Venture Summit!

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Women's Venture Summit 2021

We're honored to be sponsoring this year's #WVS2021 hosted by Stella Labs! Join us and hundreds of female founders & investors for the 8th annual Women’s Venture Summit on Sept 17-18! This year’s event will be our biggest one yet, featuring amazing keynotes, a pitch competition & more.

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Are you an entrepreneur ready to talk about your seed round? Are you an event organizer looking for a dynamic, charismatic speaker with expertise? Are you an influencer with whom we should engage more deeply? Are you an investor who is serious about inclusion? Let’s talk!

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