Catapult Incubator

by Quarter Zero a Teenlife partner

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6-week startup program for high school students

Incubator A,  June 18 - July 27

Incubator B, June 25 - August 3 

Students bring their own idea or join a team and launch a startup with the help of industry advisors.  Full-tuition scholarships are available and space is limited to only 50 participants.

A unique experience to showcase in your college applications.

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Standout On College Applications

Many QØ students are accepted to top universities like Stanford, MIT, UPenn, UC Berkeley, and Brown.  71% of QØ Alumni write about their experience on their college applications.

Full Scholarships Available

We offer 100% full ride need-based scholarships.  Most applicants qualify for some scholarship.  Tuition is $4300 and Room and Board is $2500.

More Real Than An Internship

Interns get stuck with the crappy jobs that rarely simulate the real world.  We take off the gloves and you experience the real startup world that is usually only available to adults.

 

Guidance from Industry Experts

Building a company is hard! Each team gets a dedicate industry expert to guide and help troubleshoot along the way.

Join a Network of Young Go-Getters

Meet 50 outstanding young people from across the eastern US who will join your network for life and be a resource for you far into the future.

Master The Startup Method

form a team and build your idea.  You learn about and then implement customer discovery, prototyping, growth, finances, and pitching.

Read the FAQs  →

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QØ partners with leading companies to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to our young entrepreneurs

 

We're looking for 2 types of people

 
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Founder

You have a developed, tested, or implemented business venture or a really good idea.

(Proven)

You've taken initiative to develop a venture idea: this could be product testing, development, customer interviews, or running the company. You have concrete evidence of these developments.

You and a team are already working on something and want to bring all or some of your team to the Incubator to grow your idea.

At a minimum you have a vetted idea that can be replicated and scaled.

We look for Founders across a spectrum of ideas from non-profit, to technology, to food trucks.  We also accept Founders that have very new ideas as well as Founders with companies that have been running for a few years.  We like variety.

 
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Free Agent

You do not have a venture idea, but you want to unlock your entrepreneurial potential.

(Potential)

You are ready to join an established Founder’s venture team and contribute meaningfully from the very first day.  You have passion and are willing to do whatever it takes.

You hope to take the skills, knowledge, and network from the Incubator to one day start your own venture or work at a startup.

You want to start your journey and aren't afraid of getting your hands dirty.

We've accepted Free Agents with all types of experience from a range of ages. From freshmen who had never done anything like this before but blew us away with their passion and hustle to graduating seniors who want one last chance at a startup before going to college.

 

Master the QØ 5-step Startup Process

Your primary goal over the Incubator is to grow the Founder's venture.  That can mean a lot of different things depending on the current stage of the venture.  At a minimum, each team will cover the 5-steps, so you'll leave with the knowledge and skills to do it on your own in the future.  For the Incubator, your specific team will probably spend more time in some areas than others depending upon the maturity of the Founder's venture.

 
 
 
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We Visit 3 Entrepreneurial Cities

 
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Silicon Valley

We visit the birth place of startup culture in America.  We'll spend time seeing the city of San Francisco including Fisherman's Wharf, hopefully the sea lions are in town! We will also visit spots along the famous Silicon Valley.  Past Incubators have been hosted at Google, Draper University, and Salesforce.

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Chicago

Millenium Park, the Chicago River, the Polsky Innovation Exchange, Navy Pier, and startup hub 1871 are all past destinations.  We'll be sure to eat some deep dish and give you a chance to take a selfie in front of the 'Bean'.  Chicago is quickly becoming a hub for entrepreneurship that can hold it's own against the coasts.

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New York City

Demo Day, the final session is always hosted in New York City.  A fusion of startups, successful companies, and unique NYC culture make this the perfect spot to see if your venture can make it in the real world.  The Empire State building, Times Square, and Wall Street, are all past spots we've checked out.

Parents

We didn't forget you, in fact, there is a day long program that runs concurrently just for parents.

More details relevant for parents →


 

Full Day Parent Workshop

Understand the QØ experience more completely and have access to the latest research on skills young people need to thrive in an ever-changing world. 

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Parent Social Hour

Socialize with other parents of young entrepreneurs and meet the QØ staff.  Usually the night before the Parent Workshop, exact date and time TBA.

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Both events take place Thursday and Friday during Week 1 in Silicon Valley

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Power your potential and apply today