|Center for Innovation hosts Grafton native Joe Keeley at Entrepreneur Forum|
The Center for Innovation will host Grafton native and successful entrepreneur, venture director, and franchise developer Joe Keeley at the next Entrepreneur Forum on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 5.
The winner of the 2003 Global Student Entrepreneur Award, Keeley is the president and CEO of College Nannies & Tutors, the franchisor of the nation's largest nanny and tutor company. An Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 Company, College Nannies & Tutors was founded by Keeley in 2001 while earning a degree in entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas in St.Paul, MNm and being a nanny ("manny") himself for two boys during school. While a student, Keeley and College Nannies & Tutors earned many accolades including the Minnesota Collegiate Entrepreneur Award, the Great Lakes Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Global Student Entrepreneur Award.
Following graduation, Keeley and College Nannies & Tutors earned an investment from Wayzata, MN-based Business Development Group and began franchising the concept. College Nannies & Tutors is now operating locations on both coasts and in the Midwest and has been featured in such media outlets as Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, NPR and others. Keeley has been named as one of the "Top 25 under 25 to Watch" by Business Week Magazine, one of the "20 under 30 Who Will Change the World" by Citizen Culture magazine ,and one of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's "40 under 40" by age 27.
Keeley currently serves as President on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), is a past president of Bizlounge Network (2004 - 2006), and volunteers his time with organizations focused on the advancement of entrepreneurship including CEO, GSEA, BestPrep, Junior Achievement, WomenVenture. He is a frequent guest lecturer and Entrepreneur in Residence at Colleges and Universities across the nation through DORM ROOM Entrepreneurship.
The UND Entrepreneur Forum is a periodic gathering of entrepreneurs and business people who share experiences, strategies, and success stories. The event is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and is free and open to the public.
-- Center for Innovation