Michael J. O’Donnell, Sr. is the Executive Director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Central Florida. He participates in business coaching, program development, all aspect of business commercialization, trade missions, speaks on entrepreneurship topics, and formed the Florida Angel Nexus, an organization with a mission to provide funding and advising for select statewide emerging growth businesses. He is also a leader in the UCF College of Business Administration, Department of Management, participating on the Dean’s Advisory Board and teaching advanced courses in Entrepreneurship.
Michael is a Nationally-certified Lean LaunchPad® Educator, trained by Steve Blank, Stanford University, and Jerry Engel, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, founding Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and Faculty Director of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ Program.
Mr. O’Donnell is principal in MOD Ventures LLC, which continues, since 1999, as an investor and principal in new ventures. As an active investor, he provides consulting, business development, operating and Board of Directors guidance, capital, and other services to start up and emerging growth businesses.