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Brandi Lipton Joins Founders First as Director of Partnerships and Business Development

Lipton's strategic vision and collaborative approach make her an excellent addition to the organization.

SAN DIEGO, CA | March 15, 2023 – Founders First Capital Partners (Founders First), a leading provider of non-dilutive growth capital for diverse-led businesses in the United States, has named Brandi Lipton its new Director of Partnerships and Business Development. Lipton will support the unique financial needs of small to medium-sized businesses founded and led by people of color, women, LGBTQ+, veterans and those operating in low to moderate income areas.


Most recently, Lipton served as Senior Account Executive for Sales, Business Development and Partnerships at Ampla, a fintech company providing debt solutions to early-stage brands. She also spent time as Principal for Sales, Partnerships and Business Development at CircleUp, another fintech company that helps startups with working capital solutions. A seasoned business development and strategy executive in the finance industry, her professional accomplishments and trusted partnership relationships will be an asset in her new role with Founders First. Lipton will be tasked with building a portfolio of diverse-led businesses who would benefit from non-dilutive financing and building partnerships with like-minded companies.


“We are committed to fueling Founders First’s growth and providing financial solutions that align with our mission,” said Kim Folsom, Founder, Chair and CEO of Founders First. “Brandi’s demonstrated past of building trusted relationships are matched by her reputation as a strong and capable leader. We are fortunate to have her join our team.”


About Founders First Capital Partners

Founders First Capital Partners is building a comprehensive ecosystem through its proprietary platform to empower underrepresented founders to become leading, premium-wage job creators within their communities. The firm provides revenue-based funding and business acceleration support to service-based small businesses located outside of major capital markets such as Silicon Valley and New York City. Founders First Capital Partners focus on supporting businesses led by women, people of color, military veterans and LGBTQIA+, and businesses located in low-to-moderate income areas as well as companies dedicated to inclusive hiring practices. For more information, visit

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