Entrepreneurship, travel, and adventure

Quarter Zero IRL is a 10-day summer entrepreneurship camp filled with learning, skills development, and outdoor adventures. Accepting applicants from incoming high school freshmen to graduating seniors.

Off-Campus – This is the real world.

Unique entrepreneurship experiences

Create a startup concept

Learn from entrepreneurs

Local outdoor adventures

Ongoing support by QØ

Develop your entrepreneurial skills and mindset.

Students succeed in life when they have the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur

Expand your 3 pillars of entrepreneurship

Create a startup, activate your entrepreneurial mindset, and get support from peers and mentors

I. Skills

Customer Discovery
Customer Acquisition

II. Mindset

Critical Thinking
Innovation Mapping
Problem Solving
Team Resilience
Leadership Ability

III. People

Work with Peers
Learn from Pros
Ongoing Mentorship
Real-Time Feedback
Interact with Customers

A Typical Day at Quarter Zero IRL

Each day includes a masterclass, outdoor activities, life skills, meals, and free time.

A crash course in entrepreneurship fundamentals…

Amidst the surf and sandy beaches of Santa Barbara, CA.

The Experience

Nestled between mountains and ocean, lies beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Entrepreneurs flock here for the emphasis on living a balanced lifestyle as much as they do for the growing startup scene. Our Santa Barbara QØ Startup Camp offers you real-life startup scenarios mixed with sun-baked local activities such as surfing, kayaking, and rock climbing. We’ve partnered with the University of California, Santa Barbara to give you the ultimate entrepreneurial education on the beach.

Local Experiences

Including surfing, sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, rock-climbing, beach volleyball, canoe battleships, and more!

Startup Masterclass

Customer Discovery

Understanding your customers is the only way to success. You’ll learn how to conduct customer interviews, analyze and synthesize your findings, and come away with real learnings to apply to your next idea.

Ideation + Prototyping

It all starts with an idea. We’ll take you through the tried and true methods you can use to come up with your own startup-worthy ideas. Then we’ll go over the tools for rapid prototyping so you can make your idea real, fast.

Product Testing + Selling

Learn how to identify your target market, find your first customers, and generate revenue, while iterating and improving your product.

Featured Startups Created by QØ Alumni


mXers Audio developed the first earbuds to be both wired and wireless. Using patented modular design, the earbuds arrive in multiple interchangeable parts that allow you to move from wire to wireless in seconds.

Meet the Founder

Emoji Health

Emjoi Health is a messaging platform that harnesses the power of visual communication to improve communications between teens and healthcare providers.

Meet the Founder


Maidbot is a robotic solution for the hospitality industry allowing humans to focus on more enjoyable work. They recently received $2M in series-A funding.

Meet the Founder

Learn From the Best

Meet some of our amazing faculty advisors and mentors from previous incubators



Design Lead




Dir. of Product Research

The Future Project





Who’s This For?

Ideal Candidates

Whether you’ve founded a startup before or you have the desire to create one, this is the program for you.

Desire to create a venture

Passionate about impact

Great collaborator

Driven to push past limits

Potential to lead

Types of Applicants

QØ accepts applications from incoming high school freshmen to graduating seniors.

In the past, we had founders (students with an idea) and free agents (those who wanted to join a startup).

After 15 cohorts, we’ve removed these titles – and for good reason. 90% of all startups pivot and change direction. The entire concept may change or the needs and dynamics of the team may change, but in the end, each team member is a co-founder.

Moving forward, we’re looking for students with a strong desire to learn, improve, and grow a startup. We are looking for students who possess varying levels of experience, strengths, and character traits. Yet, all QØ students should demonstrate the ability to learn, problem solve, and meaningfully contribute to a team.

Dates & Details


July 31 – August 9


Santa Barbara + Los Angeles

Experience Fee

2020 Tuition*: $2,600

*Full Tuition scholarships and awards available

Room, most meals, activities, + local transportation: $1,350

** Students are responsible for travel expenses to and from camp destination

Payment Option

Full Payment: 10% discount

Pay in Installments: $790 (5 Bi-Weekly payments)

Additional Financial Resources

Click here to read more about financial resources and support.


The University of California, Santa Barbara will provide student accommodations in its newest, LEED-certified student housing complex. All bedrooms come with two single beds. Students will eat most meals in a university dining facility.


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