Brit Fitzpatrick Headshot

Brit Fitzpatrick is a network capital entrepreneur, entrepreneurial community builder, and experienced creative. She 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 being found guilty (admittedly) of selling her products at unreasonable markups and selling 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. In addition, she leads Collab Capital’s venture studio — Collab Studio — as Head of Platform. At Collab Studio, she provides tools, networking opportunities, upskilling opportunities, and wellness experiences to Collab portfolio companies and US-based Black founders. 

She also serves as a Venture Partner at REFASHIOND Ventures, an early-stage venture fund investing in startups shaping the future of sustainable global supply chains.

Finally, Brit is the founder and owner of Nevertheless Studio; a network capital-based innovation studio focused on growing the Southeast and the Midwest into the epicenter of Black innovation. The Nevertheless team supports and collaborates with funders, ecosystem leaders, service providers, and companies to build the most extensive, most-connected Black innovation ecosystem. 

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 ecosystem building, the role of network capital in entrepreneurial communities, 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.