Power Your Potential with Quarter Zero! We are the entrepreneurship experience for young people.  Join a team, build a startup, get help from industry advisors along the way.  Some programs include local, domestic and international travel.  

We offer 3 summer programs (with multiple sessions) for young people ages 13-20 with potential who want to experience entrepreneurship and build something real.  Each program matches you on a team, teaches you skills and knowledge, gives you expert industry advisors, and ultimately helps you go through the steps of building a Startup company from scratch. 

What you Learn

All programs include learning in the QØ’s 5-Step Startup Process (Customer Discovery, Ideation, Prototyping, Customer Acquisition, Pitching).  You also build skills and knowledge around real teamwork, leadership, storytelling, project management, financial modeling, and strategy.

Real Entrepreneurs

Each program features Entrepreneur Facilitators, Industry advisors, and Guests from leading startups as well as more mature companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Twitch, Spotify, AirBnb, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and many more.  You also have access to Design and Legal specialists to give your startup all the resources that an adult entrepreneur would have access to.


Site Visits

Each program features site visits to companies and cultural attractions.  Past visits include

  • Google HQ in Mountain View, CA
  • Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco
  • Startup Hub ‘1871’ in Chicago
  • Barclay’s Financial Technology Center ‘Rise’ in NYC
  • TechStars HQ in Boulder, CO
  • Youtube HQ in Los Angeles, CA
  • Millenium Park in Chicago
  • Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
  • Times Square in NYC


Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

You will hear firsthand about the inner workings of startups and entrepreneurship culture.  Previous speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Scherle - Influenster, Co-Founder and President
  • Perihan AbouZeid - MoviePigs, Founder & CEO
  • Ita Ekpoudom - Tigress Ventures, Chief Executive Officer
  • Aakash Patel - Riverside Acceleration Capital, Analyst
  • Lily Meng  - Google, Solutions Consultant
  • Christina Lewis Halpern - All Star Code, Founder and Executive Director
  • Jennifer Stybel - Rent the Runway Foundation, Executive Director
  • Slava Rubin - Indiegogo, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer

Who is QØ Good For?

This is for young people aged 13-20 who want to experience entrepreneurship.  We accept young people who have little experience but show potential, as well as experienced Founders who’ve started a business before and maybe even have a business they want to bring to our program to help it grow - and everyone in between.  The programs are competitive, we are accepting only 200 people total this year across all our programs.


Details about each program and the wider QØ community can be found on the QØ Website

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The Quarter Zero Story

We believe that every person has potential.

The potential to create, disrupt and thrive.

But for that potential to be fully realized

it needs to be affirmed and developed starting at an early age.

At Quarter-Zero, we exist to help young people power their potential.

We do this by creating a immersive, real-world entrepreneurial environment

where young people can work hand-in-hand with top industry advisors

to shape and guide their passions and ideas.

Our learning and development experiences challenge our participants to

become problem solvers, equipped with the skills to

thrive in a competitive and rapidly changing world.

And our alumni network and investment arm keeps us connected,

providing professional resources and access to industry advisors

for everyone who has been part of a Quarter-Zero experience and

direct-financial support for select startups.

Every person has potential.

Power yours with Quarter-Zero,

the entrepreneurial experience for young people.


At QØ We Blieve That:


We believe that every person has potential. Potential to  create, disrupt, and thrive. But for that potential to be realized it needs to be fostered, developed, and empowered starting at an early age.


We’re a like-minded community of young people, advisors  and alumni,

passionate about building the skills the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders need to thrive in a competitive and rapidly changing world.


We’re building more than businesses. We’re building the entrepreneurial skills that will help you follow your passions and thrive, regardless of where life takes you.


We immerse you in a real-world learning environment, providing hands-on experience and mentorship to build entrepreneurial skills and bring your ideas to life.


Wherever you are in your journey (or the world), we have an experience for you. From a 10-day Bootcamp to a 6-week Incubator to a 15-day International Intensive, we help match you with the experience  that best fits your needs.


We work with educators and parents, partnering to ensure that what our participants experience at Quarter-Zero is reinforced in the classroom and at home.


We’re committed to seeing our top talent succeed, supporting select startups through direct financial investment. And our alumni network helps keep you connected, providing mentorship and career coaching, access to job and internship opportunities, and ongoing startup support.


Cost and Session Information

Catapult Incubator - 6 weeks - $6,800 - full tuition scholarships available

Begins in Silicon Valley, then travel to Chicago, and concludes in NYC

  • Incubator A June 18 - July 27
  • Incubator B June 25 - Aug 3 

Startup Bootcamp - 10 Days - $1,500 - full tuition scholarships available

  • Atlanta, GA - June 8 - 17
  • Austin, TX - June 8 - 17
  • Boulder, CO - Aug 3 - 12
  • Los Angeles, CA - Aug 3 - 12

International Intensive - 15 Days -  $9,900 - $16,000

One program that begins in NYC, then students travel to London, and finally we end in Paris.

  • July 22 - Aug 5

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