Kickstart's Entrepreneurial Origins
Like many entrepreneurial stories, Kickstart began with the recognition that there was a problem to be solved. After five years of making Series A investments in Utah, our founder, Gavin Christensen, saw that the lack of seed capital in Utah and the West was hurting entrepreneurs and that the ecosystem needed a seed fund. In 2008, Gavin worked with local universities, angel investors, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds, and other key stakeholders to build a seed fund that the community could rally behind. Following the launch of its first $8M fund, Kickstart became known for being accessible, willing to lead investments in promising but early teams, and for being fair with entrepreneurs and investors alike. Kickstart Seed Fund quickly became the most active investor in Utah and is now synonymous with seed capital in the region.
Stronger Than Ever
2008 wasn’t a great year for starting anything, especially a venture fund, but the hard times that followed helped Kickstart refine its identity as a scrappy seed fund that was unflinchingly committed to the success of the brilliant founders it backed. Thanks to the success of these early investments Kickstart has gone on to raise two subsequent funds and invest in 100+ companies. Through a lot of stress, grit, and a generous helping of luck, Kickstart is what it is today. Nearly 10 years later, we are pleased that our big bet on the innovative potential of Utah now seems obvious, even though there were few who thought a dedicated seed fund would be viable when it launched.
A Culture That Resonates with Founders
Raising venture capital is about more than just swapping shares for money; it’s about inviting the right investors to compliment your team. Kickstart aspires to always be the choice for seed capital in Utah with a reputation for fierce loyalty, deep competence and complete alignment with founders.