Michael O’Donnell, Curator

Entrepreneur and early-stage company director, mentor, advisor, and angel investor. Mike’s background is starting and building technology companies backed by angel investors and venture capital. He has raised more than $50M in venture financing. Co-founder, Data Technologies (merged w/IPS). Founder, Ask-Me Multimedia (acquired by Midisoft). Founder, iCopyright.com (Silicon Valley venture funded). On the launch teams of CompuServe Sprynet, one of the first national Internet Service Providers (went public as part of CompuServe in 1996), and Design Intelligence (acquired by Microsoft). Currently focused on startup acceleration and mergers and acquisitions for early-stage growth companies.

Summary of Mike’s journey as an entrepreneur/business owner:

  • Started, built and sold several tech companies.
  • On the launch team of several startups that were acquired or went public.
  • Co-pioneer and proud disruptor of various industries.
  • Raised millions $$$ in angel and venture capital.
  • Recruited and led high-performing teams; instituted scalable processes.
  • Developed trusting relationships with other pioneers and industry executives.

Summary of Mike’s journey as a startup business advisor and investor:

  • Associate Director, Center for  Innovation, University of North Dakota
  • Launched the longest continually operating website for entrepreneurs in 1998.
  • Chaired one of the largest non-profit entrepreneur associations in the United States – The Northwest Entrepreneur Network
  • Ran a startup accelerator, a federally-funded entrepreneurial training program, and a venture capital fund.
  • Invested in dozens of startup companies and advised their founders.
  • Best-selling author/blogger on startup best practices.
  • Judged countless pitch competitions; speaker/panelist/mentor for numerous entrepreneurial programs.

Startup Advisory Experience: 

  • Venture Mentoring Team (VMT)
  • SCORE Certified Mentor
  • Instructor, Broward College Entrepreneur Experience (BCEx) Accelerator
  • Facilitator, StartupFAST Accelerator, SWFEC, City of Fort Myers
  • Advisory Board, Broward College Student Venture Fund
  • Instructor/Mentor, StartupNOW Accelerator, Broward College Innovation Hub
  • Executive Managing Director, Thesis Ventures, Fort Lauderdale
  • Regional Project Manager, Startup Quest, South Florida (U.S. Dept. of Labor Grant)
  • Charter Director/Mentor, The Founder Institute, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale
  • Chairman, Northwest Entrepreneurs Network, Seattle

Published Author:

  • Startup Stepping Stones: Actions and Resources for Launching a Viable Business
  • Selling a Business Blueprint: Step-by-Step Guide with Forms and Agreements
  • A True Professional: 6 Universal and Timeless Qualities, 30 Specific Behaviors, 2017
  • StartupNOW Business Planning Workbook, CareerSource Broward, 2016-17
  • Writing Business Plans That Get Results, Contemporary Books, 1991
  • The Business Plan: A State of the Art Guide, Lord Publishing, 1987
  • The Marketing Plan: Step-by-Step, Center for Innovation, 1986-2006
  • The Five Star Startup, StartupBiz.com, 2016
  • Numerous White Papers and Articles, 2001-2017


  • Code for Fort Lauderdale
  • UberPITCH Miami
  • Gold Coast Venture Capital Association
  • Healthbox
  • FundingPost
  • UnPitch
  • Pitch 6
  • Keiretsu Forum
  • Entrepreneur University
  • Early-Stage Investor Forum
  • MIT Forum
  • TiE Seattle
  • Money Hunt TV Show
  • The Founder Institute
  • Startup Quest
  • StartupNOW
  • Kauffman Fast Trac
  • ….many others


  • startup jack of all trades and a master of most
  • founder assessment, team building
  • startup strategy evaluation (how good is the opportunity?)
  • startup funding, investment valuation and terms
  • buying a business or franchise
  • packaging and selling a business


“Mike O’Donnell is a master of his craft. His depth and breadth of knowledge for startup business is unequaled in my experience. Working with him daily continued to show that Mike is flexible, knowledgeable, and broad based. His work ethic is at the top of the scale … never stopping until the job is done … and then implements continuous process improvement. A great attribute is the calm and steady way that he approaches any task” ~ Jack Moss, Senior Executive, CareerSource Broward Startup Quest (Former Business Owner and County Commissioner)

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