Featured Classes

Entrepreneurs Lab

Engage with the Nation’s Top Thought Leaders in Entrepreneurship and Carolina’s Founders, Funders, and Growth Executives in Dr. Ted Zoller’s 2020 Spring Entrepreneurs Lab course! Explore the opportunity to learn more about your entrepreneurial path by meeting authors of entrepreneurship literature, such as Amy Cosper from Entrepreneur Magazine and Keller Fitzsimmons, author of Entering Startuplandia, and well-known practitioners, like Vanessa Wittman, CFO of DropBox, and Erik Severinghaus, Assistant Vice President of DocuSign.

ELab will cover key issues in the entrepreneurial career and the lessons of success and failure to enhance your entrepreneurial mindset. The course is designed for committed students currently pursuing an entrepreneurial career path, either during their program, immediately after graduation, or over the course of their early career. ELab explores several entrepreneurial career paths one can follow, from (1) FOUNDERS = individuals committed to founding a new firm, (2) GROWTH EXECUTIVE = individuals seeking executive positions in early, high-growth and/or equity-backed private firms, and (3) FUNDERS = individuals committed to placements in venture capital and specialized/boutique private equity or corporate venturing groups with an interest in financing new ventures.

If you’re interested in learning more about the course or how to enroll, please contact Dr. Ted Zoller’s Program Coordinator, Gabriella Ragouzeos at Gabriella_Ragouzeos@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.

Course Format

The seminar sessions will be curated by the instructor, with core sessions led by the student participants to ensure a cogent body of learning and for the session design to meet the learning objectives. Most course sessions will be led in a Socratic method with discussion focused on the key issues driving growth entrepreneurship. All sessions will be highly interactive and actively engaging all seminar participants. Note that this course will require substantial critical reasoning, active participation, and development of your ideas through group presentations and in written form.


Startup UNC

Formerly called Launch the Venture, this new ventures course helps students, faculty, staff, and alumni take a business idea or scientific innovation to market. The course spans the development process starting with assessing students’ ideas and technologies and ending in the development of a strategic roadmap and financial plans for launching the business.

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New Ventures Discovery and New Ventures Launch

This two class series, for online and executive MBA students only, introduces the tools and skills necessary to create and grow a successful new venture. Designed to simulate the real-life activities of entrepreneurs in the start-up stage of a new venture, the courses give students insight into the elements required to start a new business. Students hear first-hand from successful entrepreneurs about their journey.

New Ventures Discovery, offered in the spring semester, allows students to develop their venture ideas and form teams. After completing this class, students may take the New Ventures Launch course (nicknamed “Soft Launch”) in the fall semester during which they build out their business idea to the point where they are ready to launch it. The final presentation in the class is the “soft launch” of students’ business.

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Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GEL)

An immersive course and study trip, the Global Entrepreneurship Lab gives Executive MBA students hands-on experience in an international entrepreneurial venture. GEL student teams serve as consultants to a funded high-growth venture outside of the United States, working directly with the venture’s founder and team. Students consult with the international venture on a core element of their strategy, providing analysis and clarity on several issues central to the growth and scale of the venture.

The 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Lab was held in Copenhagen, Denmark as was the initial GEL study trip in May 2012.

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Startup Consulting

The Startup Consulting Program provides MBA students with an experiential learning opportunity to serve as consultants to early-stage, UNC-affiliated startup companies. Through these consulting projects, students hone their skills in entrepreneurship and startup development through hands-on work while simultaneously expanding their entrepreneurial network of startup founders, advisors, and management teams.

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Ted Zoller

“I came out of the New Ventures Course with a better value proposition, a tighter elevator pitch and the confidence to continue developing my venture.”

Kyle Buchanan (EMBA '17)