University of Illinois Foundation
Selection Committee

Admissions Team-slash-Fate Deciders

Comprised of advancement professionals, academic partners, industry experts, technologists, and alumni, the Selection Committee admits teams into each batch and decides their fates after Demo Day.

Selection Committee members serve a two-batch term and provide two business days of volunteer service during each year of service.


Katie Walker

The People Person Person Associate Director of Talent Management, Illinois

Paul Ceneac

The First Employee Global Trade Specialist, Ernst & Young

Gen Shaker

The Philanthropy Prof Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly School at IUPUI

Tyler Fitch

Self-Proclaimed Mr. Wonderful 2.0 Vice President for Advancement Services, UIF

Mike Davis

The Tech Traveler Chief Technology Officer, UIF

Katie Blum

The OG Assistant Vice President for Strategic Innovation, UIF

Alex Schmidt

The Fixer Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Administration, Illinois

Jed Taylor

The Connector Executive Director, Technology Entrepreneurship Center, Illinois

Keenan Cutsforth

The First Alum Assistant Dean of Advancement, College of Applied Health Sciences, UIC

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