The Tim & Kathleen Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship works to grow and foster a culture of entrepreneurship for the Ohio State community through the creation and support of new ventures and the education and encouragement of their founders. The Keenan Center provides a campus-wide hub for collaboration and engagement with early-stage capital, startup talent and robust programming resources to maximize opportunities for social and economic impact.
In 2018, The Keenan Family Foundation made a commitment to Ohio State’s Max M. Fisher College of Business, strengthening the university’s expertise in the field of entrepreneurship. The guiding vision for the Keenan Center is to build Ohio State into the leading force in the nation for developing young entrepreneurs, and incubating student and faculty startups as well as becoming the economic stimulus for Ohio and the entire Midwest.
The Keenan Family Foundation was established by Tim (BS ’80) and Kathleen Keenan in 2012. Tim Keenan, life-long entrepreneur, is currently the CEO of Keenan & Associates, a company that works with small- to mid-sized organizations to provide direction and guidance with strategic planning and development. He also serves as the vice president and treasurer of the Keenan Family Foundation.
Keenan’s passion for entrepreneurship began in college at Ohio State. In 1991 he co-founded High Performance Technologies Inc., an IT consulting firm which provided many high-profile solutions to the federal government before its successful sale in 2011. In addition to making one of the largest commitments recorded at Fisher, Tim Keenan is a longtime member of the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council, served as an adviser to Ohio State’s Office of Research in advancing the Ohio Technology Consortium and is a life member of the university’s alumni association.