UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Ted Zoller Appointed Director of UNC Kenan-Flagler's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies


The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has appointed Ted Zoller as director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Zoller has served as executive director of the center since 2005 and has taught entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler since 1999.

Founded in 1998, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies was one of the first centers established at a university in the United States focused on entrepreneurship, and has been consistently ranked in the top 10 university programs nationally in entrepreneurship. The center is charged with spearheading UNC Kenan-Flagler’s curriculum, initiatives and outreach programs in entrepreneurship. It is part of the School’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

Zoller succeeds W. Clay Hamner, Kenan Frank Hawkins Kenan Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, who remains on the faculty and serves as the chair of the faculty committee of the center. Hamner will focus on the oversight and development of the center’s offerings in private equity and venture capital, including the development of a third student-run private equity fund.

Zoller is an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he teaches new venture creation and business plan and enterprise development courses. He is a founding instructor of "Launching the Venture" which has significantly increased the number of companies spun off from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a small business owner and an active entrepreneur as founder of CommonWeal Ventures, a venture analytics firm and accelerator.

He serves on the boards of numerous entrepreneurial ventures, including the executive committee of the Council of Entrepreneurial Development and on the boards of Idea Fund Partners and Southeast TechInventures in RTP.

Zoller also teaches and consults overseas, teaching in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s GLOBE program and serving as an advisor to Denmark’s Symbion Research Park system. He is faculty chair of the Global Scholars program, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that cultivates entrepreneurs from overseas.

Contact Heather Havenstein at 919.962.8951 or heather_havenstein@unc.edu.