Executive Director
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler

As executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Ted Zoller oversees its teaching and outreach programs. He teaches new ventures, business plan and enterprise development courses, and has taught and consulted with numerous entrepreneurial ventures. He also is an active, practicing entrepreneur. He is the primary liaison to UNC’s Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative and the Research Triangle Park entrepreneurial community.  He is the founding instructor of “Launching the Venture,” which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from UNC.

Dr. Zoller teaches in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s GLOBE Program for undergraduate students, and the European Summer School of Advanced Management in Denmark.  He has developed venture academies in Europe with INITs, the leading new venture accelerator in Austria, and with the Symbion Research Park, the leading research park system in Denmark.  He is faculty chair of the Global Scholars program, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which cultivates promising entrepreneurs from advanced technology backgrounds from overseas in learning U.S.-style entrepreneurship.

He founded CommonWeal Ventures, a venture accelerator and private equity firm, and is a small business owner. He serves on the boards of several entrepreneurial ventures, including Idea Fund Partners, Southeast TechInventures and CollectiveIQ Private Equity. He also serves on the executive committee of Council of Entrepreneurial Development.

Dr. Zoller is a former associate dean, high-tech entrepreneur and American Management Systems, Inc. principal. He was founding director of economic development at the College of William & Mary, where he developed Jefferson Park, an advanced technology research park.

He received his PhD from UNC, his master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Virginia, and a dual bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

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