Álvaro Zárate

Founder in Departamento de Lima, Perú

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What's up! I'm Alvaro, synth geek who enjoys fitness, composing music, traveling and nerdy shit. My sense of direction sucks and I'm really bad at remembering faces.

I'm Founder/CEO at Waves, a business accelerator which invests on awesome startup companies, and City Incubators, a network of incubators supported by City Governments in emerging countries. I'm also Professor and ex Director of the Entrepreneurship Business School at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), and postgraduate professor at Universidad de Piura.

I've been appointed Peru's influencer by MIT's Innovators Under 35. At 24, I founded Startup Academy, the first pre-accelerator program in Peru, helping give birth to +400 companies, and was the General Coordinator at Lima Valley, the pioneering startup community in the country.

Previously, I was Columnist at INCompany Magazine, Course Designer at ISIL - Instituto San Ignacio de Loyola, Mentor at Wayra, Lima Organizer at Lean Startup Machine, Visiting Professor at Universidad de las Américas (Chile), Campus Coordinator at Walden University (USA), Peru Partner at AppCircus, National Expert at Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Peruvian Ambassador at World Startup Report, Mentor at Bizworld, VP of Technological Innovation at PDMA Peru, Co-Organizer & Advisor at Startup World, and some other stuff.

I'm a University of Lima BEng in Industrial Engineering, and I love crazy people. I love being around those who are critical thinkers, that question everything and that are wild fucking fun to be with.