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
Work with Peers
Learn from Pros
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.
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.
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.
Learn From the Best
Meet some of our amazing faculty advisors and mentors from previous incubators
Who’s This For?
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
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
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
Full Payment: 10% discount
Pay in Installments: $790 (5 Bi-Weekly payments)
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.