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Jean Kase

Startup Mentor, Investor & Community Builder

Jean Kase | Upstate Venture Connect

Jean Kase plays a strategic role for Monroe County/COMIDA and NextCorps, 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 is an active investor in the Rochester Angel Network (RAN), and Chloe Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm that supports women having equal opportunities to their male counterparts.

Inspired by the Movement, Jean helped TEN launch the first Women’s Business Accelerator in Upstate NY. The program helps drive profitability, and scale companies focused on selling products and services beyond the Finger Lakes Region.

Read: Successful Upstate NY investor champions movement to advance women entrepreneurs

She earned her undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.