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Launch Minnesota Advisory Board

Launch Minnesota Advisory Board

Alfonso N. Cornish II

General Partner

Al is a General Partner at gener8tor, a startup accelerator and venture capital firm. He is also the Founder/Chief Strategy Officer of Clear Shadow, a full service consulting firm that designs and implements strategies that promote innovation, drive value within diverse multistakeholder systems and maximize profitability in rapidly changing business environments. Previous to joining gener8tor and founding Clear Shadow, Al gained over twenty years of corporate leadership experience at the intersection of finance, corporate strategy, law and external relations. He spent the first five years of his career in the United States and Europe working in finance and strategy for a Minnesota-based medical technology company. Since then, a common thread throughout his career has been technology, including working with startup companies as an attorney and lobbying on policies to stimulate technological innovation. Most recently, Al served in a senior management role for Amazon Logistics, where he provided strategic leadership on key community and operational decisions across a multi-million dollar network of facilities. Al is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and investing in Minnesota's best and brightest founders. He is an active member of the Minneapolis community serving on a number of boards, including Turning Point - An African American Organization. He is also the former Chair of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission. Al attended Florida A&M University where he received a bachelor's degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received a Juris Doctor degree.

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