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 aspects of business commercialization and trade missions. He 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. Mr. ODonnell is Co-Founder and General Partner in the FAN Fund I, LLP. He is a former Instructor teaching advanced courses in Entrepreneurship, and currently is Executive in Residence, in the College of Business Administration, Department of Management,.
Mr. O’Donnell is principal in MOD Ventures LLC, which continues, since 1999 as an investor and principal in new ventures. Recent investments include the retail, security, internet, medical, entertainment, food service e, and education sectors.
He was a co-founder and the co-CEO of ALS LLC, commercial construction, clerical & light industrial, performance-based employee staffing. ALS LLC was sold in 2007 and employed in excess of 6,000 permanent and FTE temporary employees at that time.
Mr. O’Donnell was Managing Director and Chief Technology Investment Officer for GATX Capital, Global Technology Services Division, where he has operating experience, and was elected to the Board of Directors, for financing joint ventures in Great Britain, Germany and Australia. This is part of a fifteen year career, as a principal, in the equipment leasing business. He specialized in asset management and the structuring of leasing transactions for essential use corporate assets. Mr. O’Donnell worked for thirteen years in various management positions for companies supplying product to the automotive industry, including a management led LBO.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Central Florida. In 2017, he was inducted into the UCF College of Business Hall of Fame.

Teaching/Research Interest
Early and growth stage business formation, capitalization, strategy, and execution.

Areas of Expertise

  • Start-ups 134 endorsements for Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Planning See 78 endorsements for Business Planning
  • Leadership 67 endorsements for Leadership
  • Management 60 endorsements for Management

Research & Consulting Activity
As an active investor , Mr. ODonnell provides consulting, business development, operating and Board of Directors guidance, capital, and other services to start up and emerging growth businesses.