digitalundivided in Action:
The Case Foundation, created by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, is driven by its mission to “invest in people and ideas that can change the world.” At the core of the Case Foundation’s work within the Inclusive Entrepreneurship movement is the belief that there is a powerful economic opportunity to seize by providing the resources, networking and support that entrepreneurs from all races, places and genders need to succeed.
The Case Foundation looks to partnerships and programs that aim to reduce common barriers to entrepreneurship faced by diverse entrepreneurs and scale local pilots into national programs serving women and entrepreneurs of color. That is why they supported digitalundivided in 2017.
Sarah Koch, VP of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, noted “ProjectDiane 2016 had a real impact as we, at the Case Foundation, saw a signifcant change in people’s perceptions of entrepreneurship in communities of color. ProjectDiane put real numbers behind what people felt was happening but could not quantify and ensured these stark inequalities could not be overlooked by those who were in denial about what was happening.”
The Case Foundation incorporated data from ProjectDiane 2016 into their work, anchored by specifc efforts designed to show investors that there is a strong pipeline of diverse entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds.
A partner and thought-leader
ProjectDiane’s data and insights have informed much of the Case Foundation’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship work.
The Case Foundation’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship movement seeks to accelerate more inclusive and broad growth by bringing a more diverse set of innovators and founders – particularly women and people of color – to the table to drive high-growth potentially impactful startups. The ProjectDiane data is integral to changing cultural perceptions of entrepreneurship, simultaneously providing important role models for aspiring entrepreneurs and showing investors and other stakeholders the stark inequity that exists for diverse entrepreneurs. The Foundation, working with DID, believes there is a powerful opportunity to elevate stories of female founders and entrepreneurs of color amongst investors and journalists.