Jean Kase

Executive Director, The Entrepreneur Network | Investor, RAN; Chloe Capital

Jean Kase | Upstate Venture Connect

Jean Kase plays a strategic role for Monroe County/COMIDA and High Tech Rochester, connecting people and resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has recruited and served more than 300 founders and senior managers of startups and small businesses throughout Upstate New York.

Rooted in the Rochester community, she previously served as vice president of public affairs for the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, representing 2,100 member firms in government matters affecting the regional business climate.  In this capacity, she advised CEO’s on legislative and political issues.  Key successes included coordinating the Common Sense Medicaid Coalition estimated to save Monroe County $47 million in 2007, organizing grassroots business and editorial support to facilitate enactment of broad-based and targeted tax relief packages – saving employers $2 billion since 1995.

Jean Kase is an active investor in the Rochester Angel Network (RAN,) comprised of 85 accredited investors and serves as a judge for several regional business plan competitions.  She provides clients with advocacy, business development and project management services.  She earned her undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

In 2018 Jean joined Chloe Capital to drive growth among women entrepreneurs and investors. She joined Chloe Capital as an inaugural investor, and became a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Inspired by the movement, Jean helped TEN launch the first Women’s Business Accelerator in Upstate NY. This exclusive experience for women started in September. The program’s focus is to drive profitability, and help scale companies focused on selling products and services beyond the Finger Lakes Region.

The Entrepreneurs Network, powered by Imagine Monroe, is leading the Rochester collaboration with Chloe Capital. Activities include a pitch event for women-led companies, and unique workshops designed for women investors and male allies.