Uptake is an industrial artificial intelligence (AI) software company that aims to help companies digitally transform with open, purpose-built software. Built around a foundation of data science and machine learning, Uptake’s core products include an Asset Performance Management application and a fully managed platform.

Uptake Technologies
FoundersBrad Keywell, Eric Lefkofsky
Area served
ServicesPredictive analytics
Number of employees

Uptake’s industry-specific content, including its Asset Strategy Library (ASL)[2], provides access to deep domain knowledge and guidance on failure prevention. The ASL is the largest in the market today with approximately 800 equipment types, over 58,000 failure modes and over 180,000 reportable conditions.

Uptake was co-founded by Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky in Chicago, Illinois in 2014[3].



Uptake was incorporated in 2014 and is located in Chicago, with offices in San Francisco, Houston, Albuquerque, Riyadh, and Mississauga.

In March 2015, Caterpillar announced its minority investment in Uptake, with the aim of the joint development of systems to monitor and improve use of the nearly 3 million pieces of Caterpillar equipment in the field.[4] Caterpillar’s core business offerings were completed in mid 2016.[5] On September 21, 2016, Progress Rail formed a strategic partnership, launching EMD Uptime, with Uptake for condition monitoring.[6] On March 2, 2017, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy, an $84 billion portfolio of companies primarily in the renewables space, announced a deal with Uptake.[7] Two of BHE's subsidiaries, BHE Renewables and MidAmerican Energy Company, now use Uptake's software to connect and track their fleet of wind turbines.

In June 2018, Uptake announced the U.S. Army would be using its software to improve the readiness of a few dozen of its Bradley Fighting Vehicles.[8]

In February 2018, Uptake announced the hire of Ganesh Bell, former chief digital officer at General Electric Co (GE.N), as President.[9]


On October 27, 2015, Uptake announced that it had raised $45 million in venture capital led by GreatPoint Ventures and existing investors including New Enterprise Associates and Caterpillar.[10] Uptake’s valuation was estimated to be one billion dollars, making it the third unicorn in the state of Illinois.[11] On February 1, 2017 investor Revolution Growth, a firm started by Steve Case, Donn Davis and Ted Leonsis, announced that they would be backing Uptake with $40 million as part of the Series C round.[12] This valued Uptake at $2 billion.[13] In November 2017, Uptake closed a Series D round of $117 million at a post-money valuation of $2.3 billion.[14] That brought Uptake's total funding to over $250 million.[15]


Uptake is the recipient of the 2015 Moxie Award for Best New Startup in Chicago.[16]

Uptake was named Forbes Hottest New Startup in 2015.[17][18]

On February 9, 2017 Pitchbook named Uptake the Fastest US Startup to reach a $2B Valuation.[19]

CNBC has ranked Uptake on their Disruptor 50 list for two consecutive years, in 2017[17] and 2018[20] respectively.

Uptake was recognized as a 2017 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum on June 14, 2017.[21]

Uptake was ranked #22 on the 2017 Forbes 100 List of Best Private Cloud Companies in the World.[22]

Uptake was ranked #12 on Fortune’s 2018 Best Places to Work in Chicago.[23]

Uptake's founder, Brad Keywell, was named the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019, marking a record third win for the US in the competition’s 19-year history. [24]


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