blog postsSelection CommitteeSelection CommitteePeopleSelection Committee A Selection Committee of advancement professionals, academic partners, industry experts, technologists, and alumni advise Accelerator operations by identifying preferred verticals or horizontals for upcoming batch application cycles; selects initiatives and teams for batches; identifies and provides introduction to potential partners within and outside the University; serves as a “corporate advisory board” for Demo Day; and advocates on behalf of the Accelerator. Rotating Positions Eight+ members of the Selection Committee serve in staggered, rotating one-year terms, with half of the Committee rotating off after each batch (once the Committee is fully operational). Those positions are: Development/Advancement staff (2): representing at least one of the three universities, the Foundation, or the Alumni Alliance, and occasionally supplemented by an advancement industry expert from outside the University System, these individuals can speak to advancement trends, business processes, landscape, etc. as a whole and assist with identifying initiatives that will provide value for the UI advancement operation and will be able to scale. Faculty (2): representing the universities, these individuals should have expertise in specific verticals or horizontals or in innovation and entrepreneurship and should assist in identifying initiatives that are viable, useful to the University, scalable across multiple units, and forward-looking. Corporate & Foundation Relations staff (1): This individual ensures that batches represent interests beyond traditional major gift work and identifies external partners for the initiatives. Student or Recent Graduate (1): representing the “gut-check” of the Committee, this individual ensures that batch initiatives are forward looking, embrace technology as needed, and are value adds for early stage prospects or employees. External Partner (1+): representing an external lens with strong knowledge about UI advancement, this individual should have expertise in startups, venture capital, technology, or R&D and should assist in identifying initiatives that are viable within the time constraints, embrace the latest technologies as needed, and address opportunities from outside industries. At-Large Member (1): representing either the University or an external partner, this individual should have expertise in specific verticals or horizontals, or in innovation and entrepreneurship, and should offer specific advice and guidance related to initiative selection. Standing Positions Three members of the Selection Committee serve in standing positions. Strategic Innovation staff (1): representing the Strategic Innovation program, this individual ensures that initiatives pass the innovation test, rather than just best practice test, are representative of the SI pipeline, and are not duplicative of previous initiatives. Advancement Services staff (1): representing the Advancement Services arm of the Foundation, this individual should ensure that initiatives are not overlapping (or are enhancing) existing operations or upcoming projects in Advancement Services and are technically feasible in conjunction with UIF platforms / data. Information Technology staff (1): representing the IT arm of the Foundation, this individual should ensure that initiatives are not overlapping (or are enhancing) existing operations or upcoming projects in IT / Governance and are technically feasible in conjunction with UIF platforms / data.