Venture Kickstart - Atlanta
YPO Southern 7 and Quarter Zero are teaming up to provide an exclusive experience for members and their high schoolers.
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.
We're thrilled to team up with YPO S7 to jumpstart their journey and to activate the chapter to play an influential support role in their development.
What Is It?
- An immersive experience to develop a mindset for solving real world problems
- Identify a problem you want to solve or work on an existing company problem.
- Form teams with like-minded YPO peers to work on a viable solution towards the problem.
- Pitch out and develop your plan to launch your idea, or take your knowledge to the next idea.
- Get paired up with a YNG/YPO mentor at the end of the program to support you after the weekend if you want to continue with your venture.
- A great opportunity to meet other YPO high schoolers.
This Is For:
- High school students who are curious about entrepreneurship and looking to develop tools to solve real world problems
- Parents looking to create an environment at home to foster entrepreneurial development in their student.
- Students who want a quick, but intensive introduction to what it takes to get a startup off the ground.
- Parents looking for a unique opportunity to build empathy with their child through business.
- Students who want a chance to take their idea to the next level.
Form a team, come up with an idea, go through the 5-step startup process
On the first day you and the whole cohort will come up with a bunch of ideas you are excited about. The best ideas will have teams form around them. You and your team will take your idea and go through the 5-step startup process.
The Farm is housed at The Battery Atlanta, a 60-acre development that will include SunTrust Park home to the Atlanta Braves, as well as retail shops, restaurants, an office tower, hotel, an entertainment venue, residential units and Comcast NBCUniversal’s Southeast Region headquarters.
The Farm is part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs program and is operated by Boomtown Accelerator, founded in Boulder, Colorado.
Dates + Schedule
Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15
YPO Members and/or Spouses
Friday - Social Mixer (optional): 5-7pm
Saturday - Parents Session: 10am-2pm
Sunday - Final Presentations: 12pm - 2pm
Saturday: 9am - 9pm
Sunday: 9am - 2pm
$550 per Student
$250 per Parent
All cancellations must be received in writing to Lauren Grier. Cancellation by March 30 will receive refund less $100 per registrant fee.
No refunds after March 30 unless a replacement is found.
“QØ was a transformational experience that taught me a lot about starting a business.”
~ Satvik Garg, Student
“QØ was an awesome experience.”
~ Rudi Eyl, Student (YPO Miami)
“QØ should be on the bucket list of every teenager aspiring to become an entrepreneur. My daughter has benefitted immensely and I can see the difference in her confidence, clarity of thoughts, and presentation.”
~ Abhijit Pawar
(YPO Bombay North Star)
“I absolutely loved the whole QØ program! It was truly a complete entrepreneurial experience with all the assignments, speakers, classes, etc.”
~ Antonella Wing, Student
“This was an exceptional unique experience for my teen. The program is much more than I expected and I have found elsewhere. QØ boosted Francesca’s confidence in so many areas! She not only grew academically business-wise, she also gained social confidence.”
~ Georgette George
(YPO Mountain State Gold)
“QØ is a great opportunity to make you step out of your comfort zone and it really enhances your thinking skills.”
~ Quentin Wheeler, Student
“Our daughter, Anjali started the QØ incubator program with a fledgling idea. But over the course of the program, with the input she received from seasoned business people and dedicated mentors, she was able to breathe life into her idea. Today, she is continuing to expand and develop her venture. The QØ community continues to be a source of mentorship and support for her. As an entrepreneur, it is gratifying to see your child start something from scratch and build it into something meaningful. And for that, I am very grateful to QØ.”
~ Vidya Ravichandran
“QØ is a great organization to give your teen a head start in business, execution and life. The experience will help build a strong foundation that combines learning, teamwork, initiative, creativity, critical thinking and presentation skills. We love what QØ has done to increase our son's confidence level and solidify his love for business and entrepreneurship."
~ Vijay Talwar
(YPO Chicago Windy-City)
“I give QØ a 10 because it is a great program and every budding entrepreneur should experience it.”
~ Janhavi Pawar, Student
“My mom asked me what I thought of the QØ Program and the first words that came to mind were ‘I LOVED IT!’”
~ Francesca George, Student
(YPO Mountain State Gold)
“QØ is a unique experience that provides students with invaluable resources and teaches skills that will not only help the students become successful entrepreneurs and professionals but also equip them with the necessary tools to become true change makers in society.”
~ Meenakshi Garg
“During QØ, I have been exposed to many new and exciting skills. These skills will not only help me succeed in my process with QØ but they will also benefit me for the rest of my life. Going to QØ solidified my initial choice of pursuing an education in business. I am grateful to have been involved in QØ and I would highly recommend it to others.”
~ Niko Talwar, Student
(YPO Chicago - Windy City)
“QØ has taught me how to think outside of the box, and how to be creative and take risks in the work world. I have definitely decided to major in Business in college because of this, and I would recommend it to everyone!”
~ Spencer Wilson, Student
(YPO Chicago Windy-City)
Questions? Let's see if we have answers...
Can my student attend without a parent?
Yes, but we highly recommend parents attend if they are able.
Will there be transportation from the airport?
No, participants are responsible for coordinating their transportation.
If assitance is desired for students traveling alone, please reach out to Lauren Gier (YPO S7) who can help possibly connect you with a another YPO member on a similar travel schedule.
Do we book directly with the hotel?
Yes, we have a room block under YPO S7 that you can reference to access the discounted group rate. The contact information for the Omni Hotel at The Battery is (678) 567-7327
Are we required to stay at the hotel?
No, but do be aware that programming will end for students on Friday and Saturday night at the hotel lobby.
Do you have more details about the parent program?
Yes, click here and read about our standard parent program we do in the Catapult Incubator.
Who is the main contact for this event?
Lauren Grier, YPO Southern 7 Chapter
770-690-8449 ext. 23 or lgrier [at] yposouthern7.org
Ren Liu, Event Coordinator - Quarter Zero
ren [at] quarterzero.com
Where does each day start?
Each day starts at TheFarm which is a short walk from the Omni Hotel at The Battery.
Should we eat breakfast before arriving at TheFarm?
Yes! Please be sure to have a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the day.
What meals are included?
Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Friday night. Students will be on their own for dinner on Saturday night with their teams and should have funds for their meal.
Where do I register?
You register for this even on the YPO S7 website via this link.
When is the registration deadline?
Friday, March 9