Brad Keywell, 45, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, a predictive analytics platform to solve high value opportunities across industry. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology businesses. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN). He is a Co-Founder and Director of MediaOcean, which provides integrated technology platforms and solutions to the advertising and media buying industry. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), a technology-based enterprise transportation management firm. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR), an S&P 500 company.
Brad is the Founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, one of the major ideas and innovation platforms in the world (and the most affordable and inclusive ideas conference) which hosts nearly 200 speakers at 80+ events with global media coverage. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship and disruptive technology. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. He has served on the Mayor’s Committee on Technology Infrastructure, and the Mayor’s Chicago-China Friendship Initiative, both positions appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Brad is the Chairman of the Future Founders Foundation, which runs programs designed to help teach and inspire high school students in entrepreneurship, and connect them with mentors and role models for guidance and inspiration. The Future Founders and Connect to the Future programs are at over 100 schools in the Chicagoland area, and provide real-world experiences and hands-on impact to encourage students to focus on the value of their education and expand their horizons.
He is a Trustee of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Trustee of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. He is on the Advisory Board of the Directors College for Global Business at the University of Michigan Law School. Keywell is on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of NorthShore University HealthSystem, a $1.5 billion healthcare organization. He has been a Special Advisor to the Redmoon Theater Company, a Chicago-based theater and public spectacle performance troupe, and a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Brad is a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Business School, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Medill School of Journalism. He has been a Judge for the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School, and served on the Advisory Committee of the University of Chicago GSB Directors’ College. He founded the Digital Leadership Exchange, in partnership with Spencer Stuart, which is now a global CEO-level networking organization. He is the author of Biz Dev 3.0: Changing Business as We Know It, published by ALM Publishing, and, with his daughter, the author of Isabelle Speaks Up: A Story of Possibilities.
Keywell received the 2011 Entrepreneurial Champion award from the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. He was named one of the nation’s Top Ten Collegiate Entrepreneurs in 1991 by the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs, and received the 2000 Conrad Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from Loyola Marymount University. He was named one of the “Internet 100” by Crain’s Chicago Business. He was keynote speaker at the 2004 National Conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.
Keywell served on the Board of Trustees of Columbia College, the nation’s largest secondary education institution dedicated to the fine arts, and was a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He has served on the Board of Directors of Warrior Productions, a documentary filmmaker whose principal produced Hoop Dreams. He served as a Trustee of the University of Michigan Hillel Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Path Initiative, a global NGO dedicated to facilitating cross-cultural bonds. He served on the Board of Trustees of Imerman Angels, which pairs survivors with patients to form human bonds in the battle against the disease. He is a participant of both the Renaissance Weekend and the TED Conference. He is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization, and served as Chairman of the YPO Coaches Clinic, an international YPO event.
Keywell received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law (1993) and his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from the University of Michigan (1991). He also studied in 1990 at the London School of Economics. He is a member of the State Bar of Illinois and the Michigan Bar Association.