Ted Zoller

Ted D. Zoller

Clinical Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrep. and Director, CES at University of North Carolina

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Senior Associate  - Regional Technology Strategies , Inc.


Education Archives , 

MBA  - UNC Kenan-Flagler

PhD  - UNC

PhD  - UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD  - University of North Carolina

PhD  - field of economic development , UNC-Chapel Hill

bachelor's degree  - College of William & Mary

bachelor's degree  - College of William and Mary

master's degrees  - technology commercialization and economic development , Syracuse University

master's degrees  - technology commercialization and economic development , University of Virginia


Board Member  - Persever8

Board Member  - The Council for Entrepreneurial Development

Board Member  - International Council for Small Business

Founder  - CommonWeal Ventures

Board Member  - Southeast TechInventures , Inc.

Selection Advisory Committee Member  - Carolina Launch Pad

Senior Fellow  - Kauffman Foundation

Board Member  - IDEA Fund Partners LLC

Senior Advisor  - Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Board Member  - Executive Committee

Board Member  - Polyglot , Inc.

Board Member  - CollectiveIQ Private Equity

Board Member  - NC IDEA

Board Member  - North Carolina Technology Development Authority

Advisor  - The Carolina Student Biotechnology Network

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Ted Zoller, Associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina, has outlined the best cities in the USA divided in three categories on the basis of their entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Zoller has divided the cities in Organic and Mature, Entrepreneur Led, Nascent and Developing

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Ted Zoller Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UNC Kenan-Flagler
Ted Zoller Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UNC Kenan-Flagler Ted Zoller oversees the teaching and outreach programs of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler. His research focuses on the role and structure of entrepreneurial networks and the interrelationships with investor syndicates. He has posited a "dealmakers' algorithm" to identify the most important actors in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is an adviser to the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and works with them to scale the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, an entrepreneurship networking project based on his research. His teaching focuses on new enterprise development, business models and early-stage venturing with a focus on developing entrepreneurial leaders and teams. He is the founding instructor of "Launching the Venture," which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from UNC to lead national benchmarks. Dr. Zoller oversees Launch Chapel Hill, a new venture lab that supports UNC teams that are moving to the marketplace. He is a senior adviser to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he previously served as a vice president. He serves as the primary liaison for UNC Kenan-Flagler to the Research Triangle entrepreneurial community. He collaborates with leading venture accelerators in Europe, including the Accelerace program at the Symbion Research Park in Denmark. He has taught and consulted with numerous entrepreneurial ventures, and is an active, practicing entrepreneur. He founded CommonWeal Ventures, a venture advisory and analytics firm, and is a small business owner. He serves on the boards of Idea Fund Partners, Rex Health Ventures, Southeast TechInventures, the executive committee of Council of Entrepreneurial Development, and the national board of the Specialist People Foundation. 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, master's degrees from the University of Virginia and Syracuse University, and a dual bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.

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Ted Zoller
Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Associate Professor at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School As a serial entrepreneur and a teacher of entrepreneurship, Ted has seen companies go from start-up to success. In our conversation, he talks about the stages of transition that successful entrepreneurs navigate and their resilience.

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