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


    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
  • Image of Tanya Van Court, CEO of Goalsetter

    Tanya Van Court


    With a mission to teach financial literacy to children around the US, Goalsetter is shaping the new generation to successfully lead the New Economy!

    Read the Goalsetter story
Learn more about us

Meet Our Team

Barbara Clarke

Barbara Clarke

Founder and President

Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee

Chief Executive Officer

Gabby De La Cruz

Gabby De La Cruz

Communications Director

Lisa Jessogne

Lisa Jessogne

Director of Operations

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.

2021 Ascent Conference: "DEI - Beyond the Buzzword"

Respecting, understanding and investing in the employee experience not only provides a healthy, productive environment – it’s directly correlated to economic growth and profitability.

Join Chief Innovation Officer Cheryl Contee for the 2021 Ascent Conference, where she'll talk about DEI and human capital.

Register Here for 2021 Ascent Conference: "DEI - Beyond the Buzzword"

Project W Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

Project W's Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp (WEB) is back with Cohort VII of their signature accelerator aimed at closing the gender gap in funding for female founders. Join The Impact Seat's President & Founder, Barbara Clarke, where she'll talk about building a dynamic and diverse board to help lead you to success.

Learn More about Project W Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp
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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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