Serial entrepreneur, founder, tech investor, business planner, marketing researcher and fundraising expert. These are just a few titles for Catalyst Angel Program participant Brittni Abiolu.
Brittni joined TechTown Detroit’s Catalyst Angel Program in the spring of 2022. She believes programs like the Catalyst Angel Program truly help people learn how to be knowledgeable investors and have due diligence with their companies.
Outside of angel investing, Brittni works in marketing and advertising full-time and has been a startup consultant since 2009. She first began consulting by writing business plans and helping entrepreneurs get lines of credit and navigating alternative funding options that made sense for each entrepreneur. After experiencing issues around raising venture capital and finding funding sources, she was inspired to dive deep into research.
Investing with passion
Brittni earned a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and enrolled in a venture capital course. Her dedication, passion and scholarship ultimately led her to angel investing.
Since joining the Catalyst Angel Program, Brittni has connected with angel investment groups like Commune Angels and gained many opportunities.
“I’ve been trying to get as much education as possible because I feel that to be a great angel investor, it’s not something you just start doing,” Brittni said. “You have to be trained by experts to do it the right way and get the most value out of it.”
Brittni is committed to furthering her angel investing education while working to help underrepresented entrepreneurs access capital. She is now a mentor-in-residence with one of the Catalyst Angel Program partners, VentureWell, offering business advice to founders and helping them build to scale.
As a Detroit entrepreneur, Brittni knows how difficult it is to access capital. So, she believes that to strengthen the ecosystem, “more underrepresented people and groups must enter the world of angel investing.”
Become a catalyst
TechTown’s Catalyst Angel Program helps emerging angel investors in the Great Lakes region who identify as Black, Latinx and/or women gain knowledge about investing, engage in curated courses through partner organizations and connect with other investors in local and national angel communities. Learn more about the advantages of angel investing and participating in the program.