Kickstart Seed Fund

Kickstart Seed Fund

Kickstart Seed Fund is a early seed venture fund specialising in start-up investments.

Founded in 2008 by Gavin Christensen, Kickstart Seed Fund is a early-stage venture capital fund based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working with local universities, angel investors, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds, and other key stakeholders, it looks to build a seed fund. Kickstart Seed Fund is the most active investor in Utah.

Investments

Kickstart Seed Fund invests in Utah, Arizona, surrounding states, and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It invests between $50,000 and $750,000 in across various sectors. Investments include Big Squid, RAGS and MarketDial and exits include Teem, Capshare and GroSocial.

Kickstart Seed Fund has raised a total of $139.2 million across 3 funds. Fund II raised $26 million in 2013, Fund III raised $39.2 million in 2015 and Fund IV raised $74 million in 2018.

Kickstart Collective

Kickstart Collective is a community platform which brings all the knowledge across their networks directly to their portfolio companies and gives their portfolio companies an opportunity to access to each other so they can share knowledge. This is done through their community platform by bringing together CEOs and other executives in their portfolio for forums, learning sessions, and other events throughout the year.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
eVisit

eVisit is a web application that connects primary care providers with their patients.

Havenly is a Denver-based company founded by Lee Mayer.

An immigration service company, giving assistance in green card application

Lineagen is a Salt Lake City genetics and diagnostics company providing evaluation services for autism, developmental delay and genetic disorders.

TriLumina is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based semiconductor company.

Jackrabbit Systems is a software company.

Big Squid is an artificial intelligence company founded in 2009.

Lyks is a company founded by Brett Stubbs.

TILED is a San Diego-based enterprise software company.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alex Soffe

CFO

Brandon Beck

Associate

Brianna Bowles

Office Manager

Clarke Miyasaki

Employee

Curt Roberts

Venture Partner

Dalton Wright

Partner

Dave Fryer

Employee

David Carter

Investor

Gavin Christensen

Managing Partner

Jens Beyrich

Employee

Karen Zelnick

Director of Platform

Kyle Harrison

Employee

Landon Ainge

Associate

Minna Wang

Employee

Morgan Davis

Employee

Paul Ahlstrom

Founder

Robb Kunz

Investor

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

AdWallet

Airin

Alianza

Artemis

Banyan

Big Squid

Blue Matador

Blyncsy

Bookly.co

Brainstorm

Bubble

Cake

Campus Founders Fund

Capshare

Catheter Connections

Chargeback

Chat Books

Cheddar Up

Claravine

Conex ED

CoNextions

Converus

Cotopaxi

Data Centers

Direct Scale

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