President & CEO
The InVentures Group is led by founder and CEO Keith Blakely. Keith brings over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience to the company having started his first company, Advanced Refractory Technologies at the age of 24. Since then, Keith has started, or led as CEO, nine additional companies including NanoDynamics, First Wave Technologies and The InVentures Group.
Keith's experience has spanned the region and the globe in companies of all sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations in the high-technology and advanced materials industries. His expertise includes business plan and strategy development, manufacturing process development, cultivating funding sources, and marketing strategy development. With The InVentures Group, Keith has developed a team to provide technology-rich, but inexperienced, start- up companies with highly experienced managers on an as-needed basis, along with the necessary capital, Board-level guidance, and connections to accelerate the path to success.
Keith, a life-long Buffalonian, takes pride in assisting and mentoring small businesses and young entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition in the Western New York market. He has participated in several young entrepreneur events and competitions including the Panasci competition, 43North, the UB Elevator Pitch competition, and Buffalo Startup Weekend. He is also an active member of the WNY Venture Association and Buffalo Angels.