Uptake Technologies, Inc. CEO named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 National Overall Award Winner

Palm Springs, 10 November 2018

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CEO Brad Keywell recognized with most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs,honoring those who break the mold

Brad Keywell, CEO of Uptake Technologies has been named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 National Overall Award winner. For more than 30 years, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award has recognized leaders who demonstrate excellence and success and inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Keywell is receiving this award for his success in disrupting traditional industries and business models through innovation, technology and big data and for using his business’s success to do social good.

“A serial entrepreneur at heart, Brad Keywell founded six successful companies, including Groupon, and numerous other ventures before starting Uptake Technologies in 2014,” said Debra von Storch, Entrepreneur Of The Year Americas Director, EY. “It is our honor to present EY’s most prestigious award for entrepreneurship to someone with a nearly three-decade career of building businesses, who strives to help businesses across a wide array of industries scale for growth and become more efficient.”

Uptake Technologies is a predictive analytics software provider whose products and solutions assist with uptime, productivity, safety and cybersecurity. In just four years, Keywell has rapidly grown the company from 50 to 750 employees. He also founded Uptake.org to leverage the company’s data science models and its talents for social good, housing applications such as an anti-human trafficking tool and a platform to help first generation college students pick the best school for themselves and their families.

Keywell was recognized at the Entrepreneur Of The Year US national gala, which is the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum® in Palm Springs, California. Founded and produced by EY, the Forum is the nation’s premier gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

In addition to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award, 11 awards were given in industry-specific categories. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges from more than 230 regional award recipients.

Entrepreneur Of The Year national category winners

“EY’s category winners have created the products, services and jobs that better the world we live in by thinking in new ways and breaking the mold in new and creative ways,” von Storch said. “This year, our winners employed over 213,000 people with job growth of 46 percent, while also generating revenue of more than $66 billion — more than 56 percent annual revenue growth.”

By category, they include:

  • Consumer Products and Retail: David Barnett, Founder & CEO - PopSockets LLC, Boulder, CO
  • Distribution and Manufacturing: Ruben Mendoza, CEO & President - Foundation Building Materials, Tustin, CA
  • Emerging: Brad Keywell, CEO - Uptake Technologies, Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Energy and Natural Resources: David Dehaemers Jr., President & CEO - Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP, Leawood, KS
  • Family Business: Crystal Maggelet, CEO - FJ Management Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Financial Services: Raul Vazquez, CEO – Oportun, San Carlos, CA
  • Life Sciences: Dr. Kevin Gorman, PhD, Chief Executive Officer - Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Media, Entertainment and Communications: Michael Blend, Co-Founder & President and Chuck Ursini, Co-Founder and CEO - System1 LLC, Venice, CA
  • Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction: Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President & Chief Executive - American Tower, Boston, MA
  • Services: Jeff Tangney, CEO - Doximity, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Technology: Thomas M. Siebel, CEO, Chairman, Founder - C3 IoT, Redwood City, CA

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To view video of all of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners, please visit ey.com/us/eoy.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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