Launch Minnesota’s Board of Advisors includes successful entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, experienced investors, higher ed leaders and more. This is your time to ask them anything! Bring your questions about funding, corporate connections, innovation and more.
Launch Minnesota Board AMA
Christine Beech, D.M., is an Assistant Professor of Business at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, as well as the Executive Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. She is active in the Southeast Minnesota entrepreneurial community.
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 multi-stakeholder systems and maximize profitability in rapidly changing business environments.
Xavier Frigola re-joined Mayo Clinic in 2020, in the institutional investment and endowment management group, where he works on the venture capital portfolio and Mayo's corporate venture capital fund (Co-investment Fund).
Sunny is the Founder and CEO of Fulcrum, a cloud-based software system that supports the business of manufacturing for a new generation of production that includes everything from planning to quality control of inventory.
Dave has a 30-year history in economic development in northern Minnesota. He is Executive Director of Greater Bemidji Inc., a public-private partnership that seeks to drive development and promote prosperity in north-central Minnesota.
Jodi is a board director, investor and executive best known for accelerating company growth and building enviable shareholder value. Throughout her career she has pioneered innovation and disruptive strategies that have differentiated and transformed businesses, markets and performance at all levels in global Fortune 100, private, and startup companies across multi-industry domains.
Rick is Executive Director for the University of Minnesota’s Technology Commercialization team, which is responsible for all facets of technology transfer including IP protection, marketing, licensing, and startups through the Venture Center, where UMN typically launches 20 startups per year.
Ashley leads internal and external communications for Target’s technology, data sciences, and cybersecurity team. She works with press and other local and national stakeholders to highlight Target’s technology prowess and team. She also partners with Target’s chief information officer and other senior technology leaders on executive positioning and thought leadership.