Lauren Magrisso is an innovation and growth advisor to Fortune 100 companies and venture-backed startups. She has worked across sectors and regions — from leading teams to address malnutrition in India, to developing new global products for underserved markets in the beauty industry, to exploring the future of retail in the States. Lauren trains teams in a variety of specialties: human-centered design, 21st-century leadership skills, strategic insights, lean startup methodology and for-benefit business practices. Across all her work, she helps individuals increase their capacity for empathizing with others, being willing to learn and evolve, and having the courage to act quickly and boldly.
Lauren lives on Stinson Beach north of San Francisco with her partner Will and their dog Obi. In her free time, she enjoys playing frisbee on the beach, singing in the community choir and learning about the latest apps from her 15-year old sister.
Joshua Caleb Collins, Founder & CEO
Josh is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in college, a nonprofit aimed to fund student-led service projects. His second venture was the first online network to track and validate student volunteer hours. Over the past 10 years, he worked with global nonprofits helping young entrepreneurs take action and create impact. Prior to starting QØ, he served as an Entrepreneur -in- Residence for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, an organization that promotes a global culture of youth initiated positive change. Josh earned his bachelor’s degree from Westmont College where he graduated cum laude with three degrees in economics and business, communication studies, and social science.
Josh loves cycling with his wife Lucy.
Chris Kosednar, Partner & Product Lead
Chris leads the development of QØ's curriculum and new experiences. He's overseen cohorts in all our major locations and works first hand with some of our most promising young entrepreneurs. Previously, Chris spent time leading mobile strategy for a major Silicon Valley startup and guiding Fortune 50 companies on how to build new businesses using elements of customer discovery, ideation, and financial modeling to help these companies launch $100 million dollar businesses. He also coached young entrepreneurs in Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
Chris and his wife Hannah love to play ultimate frisbee and won the world championships in 2014.
Mackendy Blanc, Community Team Member
Mackendy is a member of the Haitian diaspora living in the United States. As a student at Watson University, a school that focuses on developing social entrepreneurs, he is working on a project that will invigorate Haiti’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through startup development. Before his tenure at Watson, Mackendy spent the past 7 years working with youth and community groups across five countries. Most recently, he worked with the Youth Ambassador Program, an international exchange initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Through this work, he supported teens from all over Haiti in their journey to become successful leaders and active agents of change. Mackendy is honored to be working with passionate youth from around the world and supporting the development of future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Ren Liu, Event Coordinator
Ren manages all of the planning and implementation of QØ's program logistics. Prior to QØ, Ren organized large-scale community events through collaboration with corporate partners, community leaders, local start ups and NYC youth. Ren is excited to bring their expertise in logistics to support the creative programming for talented young people across the country.
Ren enjoys eating french fries and exploring the beautiful neighborhoods of NYC.
Deepak Iyer, Community Team Member
Deepak is a rising senior at St. Bonaventure University as a member of the Franciscan Healthcare Program with GW School of Medicine. He has always been passionate about medicine, but realized the potential that entrepreneurship plays in fostering innovation in healthcare. Throughout his time at St. Bonaventure, he has worked on developing a startup geared at making crowdfunding for medical expenses more accessible.
As a Quarter Zero alum (Philadelphia Incubator 2014-2015) and part of the Sensei venture team, Deepak is looking forward to working with the current cohorts on their entrepreneurial journey!