Brit Fitzpatrick

Tech Entrepreneur, Mentoring Maven, and Startup Ecosystem Builder in Cincinnati, Ohio

Brit Fitzpatrick

Tech Entrepreneur, Mentoring Maven, and Startup Ecosystem Builder in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Brit launched her first business at seven years old during a summer spent at her Granny's house. Her big idea? Sell ice cream to neighborhood kids who'd missed the ice-cream truck. The quickly growing business came to a screeching halt after she was found guilty (admittedly) of selling her products at unreasonable markups and sold a bomb pop to a neighborhood kid for $20. Lesson learned: parents want their change.

Brit currently leads programming and community outreach at the Cincinnati-based Hillman Accelerator. Founded in 2017, Hillman is the first accelerator based in the Midwest focused on funding and growing tech-driven startups led by underrepresented founders. Most recently, Brit led the founding team at 1804 Entrepreneur Center in Louisville, KY, where she led business development, partnerships, programming, and the planning and successful execution of Steve Case's Rise of the Rest Louisville tour. Before that, she launched and led grassroots efforts to expand opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Tennessee.

In 2013, Brit founded one of the first SaaS mentoring startups, which is now Helm, a company building enterprise knowledge sharing technology for startup and small business advice. Brit is an alumna and honors graduate of Howard University (B.A. Public Relations) and the University of Memphis (M.A. Digital Marketing). She's spoken on startups, social innovation, mentoring-driven networks, and intentionally inclusive entrepreneurship at events and conferences across the U.S. — including Dreamforce, the BambooHR Summit, White House Demo Day, FedEx Service's Ambassadors Summit, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Summit.

She's been profiled in national media outlets — including GOOD Magazine, Essence, Inc., and FastCompany. Outside of tech and startups, Brit enjoys listening to podcasts on long drives, collecting quirky mugs to support her Yogi Tea habit, binge-watching medical dramas and sports documentaries, word search puzzles, and making poppin' party decorations for her Etsy shop.

  • Education
    • Howard University
    • University of Memphis