Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson



To discover, partner with, and enable entrepreneurs that uniquely understand the needs of consumers and businesses globally.

“I believe in people and in passion. Disrupting the status quo is only part of the story. As an entrepreneur and investor, I’ve been on both sides of the table and strive to employ these skills to better equip our portfolio partners with the tools, strategy and capital necessary to execute their vision.”Pat


As an entrepreneur, Pat has experienced both failure and success. As an investor, ten years of elbow grease liberally applied over multiple asset classes and investment strategies has crafted his unique voice and adeptness for early-stage investing within the venture world. Prior to joining Route 66, Pat was a Vice President with Quona Capital, a growth-stage venture fund where he focused on fintech in emerging markets.

At Route 66, Pat brings together his entrepreneurial, direct investment and global fintech expertise to source, evaluate and lead new venture investments as well as mentor and support Route 66’s existing portfolio.

More on his background:

After co-founding a marketing tech start-up during university, Pat spent his early career in middle-market buyouts where he worked as an investment banker and private equity investor at Citigroup, Brazos Private Equity Partners and HBK Capital Management, a global hedge fund managing $10 billion in equity capital. Pat left HBK in 2008, to start a private equity fund specializing in the acquisition, renovation and management of multi-family affordable housing. Under his leadership, the company redeveloped properties now housing 1,062 low-income families.

Pat understands the challenges of starting and growing a business. He knows firsthand the pain of discipline, the importance of people and the humility of leadership. Pat is passionate about entrepreneurs’ ability to create a better, more inclusive tomorrow and feels privileged to support Route 66’s investees with the time, attention and hard work required to ensure success.

Out of the office, Pat’s insatiable curiosity keeps him active as a beta tester, adventure racer, family guy, art student, church goer, frequent questioner and sometimes answerer. You’re likely to find him on a beach in the Outer Banks kiteboarding in the sound or reading on a beach chair. Having recently returned from a two-year, 46-country walkabout, Pat and his wife are fueled by a chronic sense of adventure and a passion to commune with the people inhabiting the world and communities around them.


  • Focuses on venture capital and private equity investing at Route 66
  • Repeat entrepreneur with nearly a decade of direct investment experience
  • Co-founded a real estate investment fund focused on project-based section 8 housing
  • Impact investing fellow at Accion International, a global leader in microfinance
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  • BS, Finance and Entrepreneurship, University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School


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