Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies. He is the founder and CEO of Uptake, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry. Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, a CNBC Disruptor (2019, 2018, 2017), and a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Brad was named 2019 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year. He is the Founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas, one of the largest innovation gatherings in the world. He is the Founder and Curator of wndr museum, an immersive art and technology experience integrating both established and emerging artists.
Brad and his wife, Kim, signed The Giving Pledge in 2016, committing to give the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.
Brad is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and a BBA with honors from the University of Michigan School of Business.
Frank Jaehnert was President & CEO of Brady Corporation (NYSE), an international manufacturer of Identification Solutions from 2003 until 2013. Before that he served as its CFO and as a divisional President.
Prior to joining Brady in 1995 he held various financial positions in Germany and the US at Robert Bosch GmbH, a multinational engineering and electronics company.
Mr. Jaehnert received the equivalent of a MBA from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
He serves on the Boards of Nordson (NASDAQ: NDSN), Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG), Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI), National Material L.P., NACD Chicago and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. (MSOE)
He was a regional winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2008, and has been a national, regional, and world judge of the program for many years.