Brad Keywell

Brad Keywell is the co-founder and CEO of Uptake, a technology company that converts data into actionable insights to make the world more productive, reliable and safe. In 2015, Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” by Forbes, and has since become the fastest U.S. startup to reach a $2 billion valuation, working with industrial titans such as Caterpillar and Berkshire Hathaway Energy. On June 14th, Uptake was recognized as a 2017 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Uptake is one of thirty companies across the globe selected, and is the only company representing the Midwest. Brad has co-founded more than 15 companies, including Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), a global e-commerce marketplace; Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), a technology-enabled transportation and logistics outsourcing firm; Mediaocean, a leading provider of integrated media procurement technology; and Lightbank, a venture capital fund that invests in disruptive technologies.

Brad is committed to institutions that promote learning and entrepreneurship in communities across Chicago and the Midwest. He is the founder and chairman of Chicago Ideas, one of the largest innovation and ideas gatherings in the world, which attracts 30,000+ attendees and 250+ speakers from across the globe to hundreds of events annually. In 2010, Brad and his wife, Kim, launched the Keywell Foundation, which supports social innovators who are catalyzing change around the world. Brad is the founder and chairman of the Future Founders Foundation, an organization that supports and inspires Chicago students to become entrepreneurs. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a trustee of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago. A devoted University of Michigan alum, Brad lectures at the Ross School of Business and is a trustee of the school’s Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Brad is on the Board of Directors of Groupon, Inc. and a founding partner of Lightbank. He serves as a trustee of the NorthShore University HealthSystem and Equity Residential, is a member and past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is a member of the Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council. He graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Brad Keywell speaking at Chicago Ideas Week

  • Keywell Foundation

    The Keywell Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the work of social innovators across the world who are developing scalable models that are tackling society’s most significant issues. It looks to support organizations and leaders at a critical and catalytic moment where our support will directly impact the trajectory of a social entrepreneur’s journey. The Foundation and the Keywell Family are passionate about organizations and leaders focused on improving the education system, democratizing access to ideas, empowering and improving the lives of women and girls in the developing world, and facilitating the impact of storytellers whose talent can help broaden the understanding of lesser-known realities.

  • Giving Pledge

    The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Read the Keywell letter.

  • Chicago Ideas

    Chicago Ideas is a dynamic platform for ideas & innovation, designed to ignite, inspire & connect. Chicago Ideas Week will be held Oct. 16- 22, 2017.

  • Future Founders Foundation

    Future Founders immerses youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful and equipped as they engage the future. To date, our programs have served over 30,000 youth. 

  • OneGoal Graduation

    OneGoal identifies, trains and supports our nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to graduate from college.

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