Last week, femme founders and funders convened from all corners of the earth for Stella Labs’ 8th annual Women’s Venture Summit. This year we had the honor of sponsoring the event alongside sponsors UBS, Cooley, C3 and more. Our mission was to help build an investor network where founders and investors alike could engage with a new ecosystem for a new economy. Featuring breakout sessions, a pitch competition, endless networking opportunities, panels, keynotes, and more, this year’s Women’s Venture Summit surpassed expectations.

With a new caliber of virtual production, the team at WVS proved that society has moved far past…


We’re extending a huge congratulations to our portfolio company, RenovoRx (RNXT) who just went public on the NASDAQ! RenovoRX is an innovative biopharma company that focuses on extending the lives of pancreatic cancer patients. This IPO will further the advancement and accessibility of this life saving treatment to cancer patients worldwide, and we’re so proud to have been a part of it.

Our founder, Barbara Clarke, invested early in this medical device company through Astia Angels and then brought in Portfolia’s Rising Tide as well. This investment marks a series of historic milestones for us and our partners Astia Angels…


At The Impact Seat, we know representation matters — representation results in equity, inclusion and innovation. Last week we were honored to sponsor The 19th News’ Represents Summit, a week-long summit focused on centering underrepresented voices and communities to explore why representation matters in democracy, sports, business, culture and voting.

This year’s guests included some of the world’s biggest ambassadors of change, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary Deb Haaland, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

We had the pleasure of introducing a panel featuring two incredible founders: Whitney Wolfe Herd, (Founder and CEO of Bumble), and Beatrice…


by Barbara Clarke

Wall Street reporting loves a good hype story, and that story lately has been about all things SPAC. By now, folks know that SPAC stands for Special Purpose Acquisition Company. An investor creates a legal entity and then invites other investors to buy into this “shell” of a company with the goal that it will acquire an interesting company or collection of companies. That company then files paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and is listed on a stock exchange. Then individual investors can purchase shares before the company makes a single acquisition.

Many of…


The Impact Seat’s Chief Innovation Officer, Cheryl Contee, recently joined The Inclusivity Project and Sheri Mac Enterprises for their inaugural Global Diversity Summit to discuss the concept of generational wealth, and how we can overcome the barriers to building generational wealth for BIPOC founders.

The recent pandemic opened many eyes across the country about how systemic issues like generational wealth played a significant role in the “K-shaped” economic recovery we’re currently experiencing in the US. As Cheryl states: “Generational wealth can mean help with paying for preschool, or help for a down payment on a house, or even receiving a…


By Terence Craig

Breaking Down The Equity Gap

Most folks are familiar with Venture Capital’s dismal lack of diversity, but the actual numbers bring the industry’s problems into sharp focus.

Only 3% of all VC partners are Black, only 3% of VC partners are Latinx, and nearly three-quarters of U.S VC firms do not have a single female investing partner. On the entrepreneurial side, less than 2% of VC Investment went to Latinx founders, and only 1% of VC backed founders are Black, and a miserly 2.6% went to women.

The Fallacy of The “Pipeline Problem”

Perhaps the weakest and most popular excuse for the venture industry’s exclusion of women and people of color…


At The Impact Seat, we’re incredibly passionate about investing in Climate Innovation — particularly, we’re passionate about investing in equitable and sustainable innovation that serves communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change. Last month, The Impact Seat’s President and Founder, Barbara Clarke, virtually visited her alma mater, Brandeis University, with three innovative Cleantech startup founders to discuss their revolutionary innovations, the future of clean energy, and the disparities within the Cleantech space for excluded founders.

During the chat, Steph Speirs, Co-Founder and CEO of Solstice, (a women-of-color run green energy organization that works to put Cleantech in the hands…


By Terence Craig, Chief Investment Officer

The science is clear: if you do not embrace diversity, you are leaving money on the table.

Although “Celebrate Diversity Month” is nearing an end, it is important to celebrate diversity every month. We live and do business in a multi-gender, multi-cultural, multi-identity world where diversity is not only a moral requirement, but also a fiscal responsibility. At The Impact Seat, our goal is to drive new innovation and new tech for a new economy, and we know that numerous studies show that diverse teams outperform monoculture teams consistently and significantly.

We view our…


Have you noticed that environmental issues are often talked about in the theoretical? How they’re often bolstered by statistics of what life will be like for our children’s children? How many times have you heard the narratives: “we need to reach net zero by 2050…” or “sea levels will rise by 50cm by 2100 if we don’t reduce our emissions…”? Statements like these are harrowing truths, but they often miss a major fact: climate change is already killing us, and killing Black and Brown communities disproportionately at alarming rates.

Currently, people of color are more likely to die of environmental…


At The Impact Seat, we invest in the power of women. Although healthcare attracts significant investment, women’s healthcare specifically is underfunded on a global scale despite serving half of the world’s population. This worldwide disparity has resulted in a lack of innovation within the healthcare sector.

In 2018 we met Alydia Health’s founder Jess Becker and CEO Anne Morrissey. Alydia Health developed a revolutionary device to stop postpartum hemorrhaging. We knew their device was a groundbreaking innovation in maternal health, and we believed their team would be the right group to take this product through FDA approval and to market…

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