Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture: Groupon Co-Founder Brad Keywell


Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton 100

As co-founder of several technology start ups, Brad Keywell is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. He is most well known for being the co-founder and director of Groupon. During his lecture, he will talk about his path to becoming a serial entrepreneur and share some of the biggest challenges and lessons he’s learned from launching new business ventures.

In addition to Groupon, Keywell is the co-founder and managing partner of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology businesses, the co-founder and director of MediaBank, which provides integrated technology platforms and solutions to the advertising and media buying industry, and the co-founder and director of Echo Global Logistics, 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 also the founder and chairman of Chicago Ideas Week, an annual event which hosts nearly 200 speakers at 80+ events with global media coverage, and is emerging as one of the major ideas and innovation conferences and platforms in the country.

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 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.