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Startup Grind is returning our most popular venue ever, Gravely Brewing Co. Per usual, bevvies and apps on us. Sponsored by PNC Bank, February's fireside chat will feature a panel of our region's top entrepreneurs, who will share their journeys as entrepreneurs of color.
- Bjorn K. Simmons, Managing Director at Hillman Accelerator
- Kela Ivonye, Founder & CEO of Mailhaven
- Kelli Jones, Founder & CEO of Be Nimble and Founder of Disrupt Indy
- Tendai Charasika, CEO of SuperFanU
Brit Fitzpatrick is the Founder & CEO of MentorMe. MentorMe is building technology that makes running mentoring programs easier and less time-consuming, while also making mentoring relationships more productive and impactful.
As an American Express Top 50 under 40 in social enterprise, Brit has a demonstrated track record of identifying innovative ways to intersect emerging technology with scalable social impact.
Brit started her first entrepreneurial venture at seven years old during a summer spent at her Granny's house. Her big idea? Selling ice cream to neighborhood kids who'd missed the ice-cream truck. Unfortunately, this quickly growing business came to a screeching halt after she was found guilty (admittedly) of selling her products for unreasonable markups and sold a bomb pop to a neighborhood kid for $20. Lesson learned: parents want their change.
Brit has been invited to speak on entrepreneurship; social enterprise; mentorship; and diversity and inclusion at events and conferences across the U.S. — including Dreamforce, White House Demo Day, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Summit. Her work has been profiled in national media outlets, including GOOD Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and FastCompany.
A passionate advocate for diversity, Brit leads efforts to help grow inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation in the Southeast. As a former marketing and communications director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Brit continues to support RMHC as a millennial ambassador and special events volunteer.
Brit is a proud honors graduate of Howard University and holds a Master's in digital media marketing from the University of Memphis, where she earned a competitive full scholarship and graduated at the top of her class. A Louisville, KY native, Brit cites her “hometown hero” Muhammad Ali as one her greatest influences.