Brad Keywell

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Founder & Co-Chairman

What inspires Brad?

Disruptive ideas, Bruce Springsteen live in concert, and creating something new.

Brad Keywell is the founder and co-chairman of Chicago Ideas. He is a co-founder and CEO of Uptake, a predictive analytics platform designed to solve high value opportunities across industry. He is a 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.

Keywell is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses. He is the former chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council, appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Keywell 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 20 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.

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