Patrick FitzGerald

Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Patrick FitzGerald
Patrick FitzGerald

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Patrick FitzGerald is vice president for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where he is responsible for the commercialization of devices, therapies, vaccines and technology and for managing external venture investments made on behalf of CHOP.

Prior to coming to CHOP, FitzGerald was managing director for Dreamit Ventures, where he sourced, recruited and helped bring to market more than 40 early-stage companies from around the globe through an intense acceleration process. He is also the former CEO of Nanny Caddy, a company that operates vending machines for parents on the go. During his tenure, Nanny Caddy expanded from one machine to more than 30 in 12 states via partnerships with SeaWorld Entertainment, LEGOLAND, the Bronx Zoo, the Philadelphia International Airport and other strategic locations nationwide. Nanny Caddy was named one of Redbook’s “Top Five Products for Moms” in 2011 and was prominently featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, American Baby and the Philadelphia Business Journal.

FitzGerald is also the creator, co-founder and former president of Recyclebank, a company that financially rewards households that recycle, provides cities and municipalities with landfill/incinerator fee savings, and promotes socially responsible businesses. Launched in 2003, Recyclebank currently operates in more than 50 states and in the United Kingdom. To date, Recyclebank has raised over $75 million in capital from Columbia University, Kleiner Perkins and private funds and was named the No. 1 VC-backed clean tech firm by the Wall Street Journal in 2011.

Prior to co-founding RecycleBank, FitzGerald was an attorney in the Wall Street office of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

FitzGerald received a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law. He is a frequent guest lecturer, moderator and keynote speaker at business schools, conferences and forums around the world.