Ted is back. After participating in Startup Iceland 2012, he has fallen in love with Iceland and is coming back again with more insights into networks and how they influence startup communities. He has been doing a number of things in his local community like launchchapellhill.com. Ted is an angle investor and has a done a couple of them in Denmark. I am really excited to hear what he has been working on the past year… he promised me that it is more insightful about the Icelandic entrepreneurs and deal makers.
As a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ted Zoller performs research and advises Foundation leaders on entrepreneurship strategies and programs. Most recently, Zoller was director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler school of business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill., where he oversaw its teaching and outreach programs. He is the founding instructor of UNC’s “Launching the Venture” course, which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from the university.
Zoller also taught 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 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.
Zoller is a former associate dean, high-tech entrepreneur, and a principal of American Management Systems, Inc. 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.
Here is Ted’s last year lecture:
- More undergrads enrolling in Startup 101 (seattlepi.com)
- Startup Iceland Entrepreneur Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland from June 1-4, 2013, to Focus on Building Antifragile Startup Ecosystems (oliorn.wordpress.com)
- College Startups: The ‘New Masters Degree’ (businessweek.com)