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Kristin Kenney, Polsinelli and Athena League
By Kate Hodel
November 12, 2015

Who You Need to Know: Kristin Kenney

Welcome to our new series, dedicated to introducing you (or reintroducing you) to the KC entrepreneurship you thought you knew.

In this series, we highlight the folks in our Kansas City entrepreneurial community who are shaping, guiding, supporting and sustaining startups and small businesses.

Kristin Kenney, Polsinelli and Athena League

Kristin Kenney
Technology and Startup Attorney, Polsinelli
Co-Founder, Athena League

Kristin Kenney credits her affinity for startups to her dad, who has always been an entrepreneur. And that apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Today, she is a technology and startup attorney at Polsinelli, but Kristin started early along an entrepreneurial path of her own. Before she even received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kristin founded her own business, Kristin Kenney Designs, where she delivered and consulted on the construction of art installations, armatures, and events for collectors and local, national, and internationally recognized artists.

It wouldn’t be her only dance as an entrepreneur.

During law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, she received the highest award in the student venture competition, hosted by the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Bloch School of Management. During that competition and the 2011 Gigabit Challenge, she honed her concept for RE:Cite, an award-winning business plan/prototype for a legal productivity tool. And, in 2012, she was the recipient of the University of Missouri-System’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year award.

From her experiences in the entrepreneurial trenches, she believes—and knows—that entrepreneurs need a legal partner with a clear understanding of the day-to-day tests they face, along with the experience to provide the necessary guidance and imaginative solutions that such a challenging business journey requires.

She brings that insight to her role as a technology lawyer at Polsinelli and to her active engagement in the Midwest startup community.

Kristin's practice primarily focuses on providing counsel on business and intellectual property matters to clients that create and use today’s technology. As part of a national law firm that focuses on entrepreneurs not only in Kansas City, but also St. Louis, Chicago, and Denver, her clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She provides legal counsel to clients on a variety of matters, including startup formation, venture financing, intellectual property protection, data privacy and technology development and licensing.

Most recently, Kristin co-founded Athena League, a collaborative organization that focuses on supporting and empowering aspiring and established female entrepreneurs by providing them with the support, community, and role models necessary to succeed. Athena League hosts monthly programs and events, which often have more than 200 attendees. Entrepreneurs and professionals convene at these events to establish new relationships, exchange innovative ideas, share lessons learned and, ultimately, build companies together.

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