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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Zoller honored with entrepreneurship award

Ted Zoller received an entrepreneurship award from the Deshpande Foundation.

Kenan-Flagler Business School professor Ted Zoller received the Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Award for extraordinary achievements in entrepreneurship. The award was presented at the seventh annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on June 13, in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Deshpande Foundation encourages the use of entrepreneurship and innovation as catalysts for sustainable change in the United States, India and Canada. Each year more than 300 attendees from nearly 100 different colleges, universities and institutions come together to network, share and learn from each other.

Zoller is the T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Kenan-Flagler Business School. He also oversees Launch Chapel Hill—a venture lab that supports Carolina startups that are moving to the marketplace—and is a senior adviser to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

Zoller said making entrepreneurship an integral part of the student, faculty and alumni experience is a priority not just for him, but for his colleagues at the business school and the University. 

“I am delighted with the results we’ve achieved through our Learn-Launch-Lead program model. This model allows us to frame a cutting-edge curricula and co-curricula, build an entrepreneurial economy through the Launch Chapel Hill business accelerator and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, create more spin-out companies with the Startup-UNC course, develop the next generation of leaders with the Entrepreneurs Genome Project and mentor students through the Adams Apprenticeship,” he said. “It is a privilege to be part of this distinctive culture in Chapel Hill and at UNC–Chapel Hill where we are forging a new model for university-led entrepreneurship.”

Judith Cone, vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, said the honor speaks to Zoller’s ability to combine excellence in research, teaching and leadership at organizations that stand at the forefront of shaping entrepreneurial theory and practice within the University and beyond.

“Ted is respected by his faculty colleagues, loved by his students and appreciated by the many entrepreneurs for whom he’s rolled up his sleeves and served as a mentor as they turn their ideas into realities,” Cone said.