Utah’s Kickstart appoints Kat Kennedy as GP

Kickstart is a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on the Mountain West.

  • Prior to joining Kickstart, Kennedy served as president of Degreed
  • Kickstart was founded in 2008
  • The firm has $311 million in AUM

Kickstart, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on UtahColorado and the Mountain West, has named Kat Kennedy as general partner.

“Kat’s addition allows us to scale at a time when so many venture firms are pulling back, not only on investments but on building their teams,” Gavin Christensen, a general partner and founder of Kickstart, said in a statement. “Kat truly embodies everything we value here and we’re excited to see what the future holds with her perspective on board.”

Prior to joining Kickstart, Kennedy spent the last decade at Degreed, a workplace upskilling platform, where she most recently served as the company’s president and chief experience officer.

Based in Salt Lake City, Kickstart was founded in 2008. It has $311 million in assets under management and 150-plus active portfolio companies.