Meet the VC: Sydnie Keddington | Senior Associate at Kickstart Fund

September 13, 2023

Sydnie Keddington

Sydnie Keddington

Senior Associate at Kickstart Fund

Meet the VC is a monthly panel event hosted by Escalon and its partners. This month, we had an engaging discussion with Sydnie Keddington | Senior Associate at Kickstart Fund to discuss fundraising, investment thesis, the current investment climate and more with our partners Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Mayer Brown and Deel.

About Sydnie Keddington

Brought up in the Kickstart family through Campus Founders fund (CFF), Sydnie joined Kickstart in 2019 after a stretch in management consultant where she focused on post-acquisition change management and strategy. She maintains a broad industry focus while owning the firm’s investment strategy in Arizona and New Mexico. When not in the office, she can be found with her guitar or in the mountains with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Storm.

About Kickstart Fund

Our mission is to help build great companies in the Wild West by backing the boldest entrepreneurs with capital, community, and expertise for the journey.

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About Escalon

Escalon offers all the essential business services needed to maintain a company. A single, trusted resource for everything from part-time CFO services and HR, to accounting, tax, payroll, and insurance.

Experience the peace of mind of having all your company’s back-office needs running seamlessly in the background. Escalon is centered around the idea of making life easier for serial entrepreneurs and savvy CEO’s.

We’re with you at every stage. Our strategic advice and efficient services in finance & people-related matters enable us to escort early stage companies through transformation into large enterprises or successful exits.

Meet our partners

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a division of First Citizens Bank, is the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and investors. SVB provides commercial and private banking to individuals and companies in the technology, life science and healthcare, private equity, venture capital and premium wine industries. SVB operates in centers of innovation throughout the United States, serving the unique needs of its dynamic clients with deep sector expertise, insights and connections. SVB’s parent company, First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) is a top 20 U.S. financial institution with more than $200 billion in assets. First Citizens Bank, Member FDIC.

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Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry. Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do. Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

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Deel is the all-in-one HR platform for global teams. It helps companies simplify every aspect of managing an international workforce, from culture and onboarding, to local payroll and compliance. Deel works for independent contractors and full-time employees in more than 150 countries, compliantly. And getting set up takes just a few minutes. Today, Deel serves over 15,000 customers from SMBs to publicly traded companies. Our values: Genuine Care – We deeply value our customers and understand the impact of our work. Deel Speed – We move fast and build to last. Default Optimism – We stay positive and balance our perspectives. Thoughtful Frugality – We get more done with less and are careful with our resources. Exceed Expectations – We own our work and always overachieve. Together Everywhere – We sit anywhere and connect everywhere.

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