Brit Fitzpatrick

Founder and Ecosystem Builder in Cincinnati, Ohio

Brit Fitzpatrick

Founder and 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.

In 2013, Brit 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. She currently serves as the Commercialization Director for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, where she helps connect other entrepreneurs and small business owners with the mentors, partners, resources, and potential funders they need to thrive. As part of her role, she also serves as the Program Director for UpTech, a Top 30 nationally-ranked accelerator for B2B tech-driven companies. UpTech's investment portfolio includes 52 companies, which have raised more than $6.6 million in follow-on funding, with four exits.

Previously, Brit launched communities for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Tennesee and led the founding team at 1804 Entrepreneur Center in her hometown of Louisville, KY. She's a proud honors graduate of Howard University (B.A.) and the University of Memphis (M.A.).

Brit's been invited to speak on entrepreneurship, mentoring, and social innovation at more than 30 events and conferences across the U.S. — including Dreamforce, TEDx, and White House Demo Day. She's also been profiled as an entrepreneur in national media outlets — including GOOD Magazine, Essence, Inc., and FastCompany.

Brit enjoys writing about tech and entrepreneurship, listening to podcasts on long drives, collecting quirky mugs to support her Yogi Tea habit, and boxing. Her favorite quote for entrepreneurs comes from her hometown hero, Muhammad Ali: "Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

  • Education
    • Howard University
    • University of Memphis