Columbus Tech Entrepreneur Keith Stevens Launches New Venture ‘UpRys’

Evan Weese

By on 08/23/21

Columbus Tech Entrepreneur Keith Stevens Launches New Venture ‘UpRys’

Keith Stevens, a serial entrepreneur and Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, has launched a new venture to help nonprofits and small businesses stay focused on their core mission.

Columbus-based UpRys provides organizations with specialized industry expertise in the fields of IT, finance and accounting, marketing and communications, workforce management, operations, and leadership.

UpRys says many nonprofits and small businesses are struggling with outdated business models. And, as you might expect, Covid-19 has only made it worse.

“We know that with our background and experience, we can provide solutions that allow organizations to thrive and focus on what matters most: their mission,” said Stevens, Founder and CEO of UpRys. “With UpRys, organizations will gain access to best-in-breed expertise that won’t break their budgets. We work with organizations to develop a strategy that outlasts economic disruption and delivers solutions that achieve sustainable results.”

UpRys founder and CEO, Keith Stevens

Anthony McIntosh, who founded SSE Advisors, a strategic business advisory and consulting firm, will serve as President and COO of UpRys.

Whether an organization is in need of help in one department or a full business-model improvement, UpRys says it delivers bundled, cost-effective process optimization support.

“We ask ourselves daily, ‘Are we making our clients’ lives easier and are we doing it better and more cost-effectively than other solutions?’” said Stevens, who is Immediate Past Chair of nonprofit Alvis. “So far, we’ve found the answer is a resounding yes, and that is what engaged our team, including Anthony McIntosh.”

Initial clients of UpRys include the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, University of Cincinnati, and Columbus Metropolitan Library. The company says it will give back a percentage of profits to nonprofit partners in the community.

UpRys is a sister organization to Proteam Solutions Inc. (PSI), a technology consulting firm founded by Stevens with a $500 loan in 1992. Stevens also serves as Co-Founder and Principal of Akava, a California-based software engineering studio. He has served on the boards of Alvis Inc., the Isabelle Ridgeway Supporting Foundation and Community for New Direction.

“I know what it’s like to wear 15 different hats,” Stevens told Columbus Business First of the need for UpRys.

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