Michael Zapata III

Zapata is a technology entrepreneur and angel investor who invests his time and money in young first-time leaders to assist them in establishing their products, building their businesses and growing their companies internationally. He focuses on technology product development, sales, marketing and strategic relationships, particularly in Asia. Michael was a faculty member and the founding Director of the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Program at NC State University, and the Associate Director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. He is currently Executive Chairman of Protochips and ArrayXpress, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NC State University. Zapata does extensive worldwide consulting with universities and foreign governments in the establishment and optimization of innovation and commercialization programs.