Brit Fitzpatrick

Network Capital Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial Community Builder, and Creative in Louisville, KY

Brit Fitzpatrick

Network Capital Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial Community Builder, and Creative in Louisville, KY

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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 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.

In 2013, she founded MentorMe, one of the first SaaS mentoring startups, which provided mentoring program management software for more than 100 K-12 mentoring programs throughout the United States. Since then, Brit has raised $2.5MM in both equity-based and non-dilutive funding.

She recently launched and led a regional entrepreneurship hub in the Greater Cincinnati region and helped form an incubator for Black-owned eCommerce startups and tech-enabled small businesses in Louisville, Kentucky.

She is currently a Venture Analyst at Techstars, where she helps recruit and invest in for-profit social impact startups. She is also the Head of Platform at Collab Capital's venture studio — Collab Studio. There, she provides tools, networking opportunities, upskilling opportunities, and wellness experiences to Collab portfolio companies and US-based Black founders.

Previously, Brit launched communities for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Tennessee and led the founding team at 1804 Entrepreneur Center in Louisville, KY. She is a proud honors graduate of Howard University.

Brit has spoken on inclusive ecosystems, the role of network capital in supporting entrepreneurs, and tech-driven social innovation at more than 30 events and conferences across the U.S. — including INBIA, Dreamforce, TEDx, and White House Demo Day. She has also been profiled as an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial community builder in national media outlets — including GOOD Magazine, Essence, Inc., Business Insider, and FastCompany.

Brit is a GAN DE&I Board Advisor and a judge and mentor for the Startup of the Year’s annual pitch competition.

  • Education
    • Howard University
    • University of Memphis