Ted Zoller


New Ventures Discovery

Ted Zoller is the T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He 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.

Professor Zoller 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. He is also the founding instructor of “Launching the Venture,” which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from UNC to lead national benchmarks.

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.

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.