In 2005, T.W. Lewis Foundation endowed a professorship at UNC Kenan-Flagler to support a professor in the field of real estate or entrepreneurship. Ted Zoller is the T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC, where he is also the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
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, and a senior adviser to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He serves as the primary liaison for UNC Kenan-Flagler to the Research Triangle entrepreneurial community.
Dr. Zoller 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 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, masters degrees from the University of Virginia and Syracuse University, and a dual bachelors degree from the College of William and Mary.