Brit Fitzpatrick

Commercialization Director

As Commercialization Director, Brit helps further Tri-ED’s mission to build a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Kentucky that connects both startups and small businesses 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 the UpTech Accelerator, a Top 30 nationally-ranked program 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.

Prior to joining the Tri-ED team, Brit founded one of the first SaaS mentoring startups and launched communities for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Tennessee. She also led the founding team at 1804 Entrepreneur Center in her hometown of Louisville, KY.

Brit holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Howard University and a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Marketing from the University of Memphis. She’s been invited to speak on entrepreneurship and social innovation at more than 30 events and conferences across the U.S. — including Dreamforce, TEDx, and White House Demo Day. She’s 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, 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.”