Álvaro Zárate

Founder in Departamento de Lima, Perú

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What's up, I'm Alvaro, a synth geek who enjoys fitness, music composition, traveling and nerdy shit. My sense of direction sucks and I'm 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, with a growing community of +2,000 entrepreneurs. 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 ambassador 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, Mentor at Wayra, Judge at Kunan, Lima Organizer at Lean Startup Machine, Visiting Professor at Universidad de las Américas (Chile) & Laureate International Universities, Campus Coordinator at Walden University, Course Designer at ISIL & other stuff.