RTP Start-up Studies


RENCI, in collaboration with Ted Zoller, assistant professor, at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, worked to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the underlying economic activities that lead to the development of technopoles – a term used to describe regions and economic development activities in those regions that favor the development of entrepreneurial firms based on advanced technology research and development. The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is a technopole, and this project, proposed by Zoller, aimed to identify the factors that explain firm formation and development in the RTP.

RENCI Contribution

RENCI experts analyzed data using capabilities in advance visualization techniques, social networking analysis and computational modeling.


State of North Carolina


Ted Zoller, assistant professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC

Project Team

  • David Knowles (project leader)
  • Ray Idaszak
  • Sarat Kocherlakota
  • Michael Shoffner