Base 11 is a non-profit, 501c3 workforce and entrepreneur accelerator.

WHAT WE DO

We connect employers, academic institutions, and entrepreneurial opportunities with high-potential, low-resource students who have shown interest and talent but lack the access and resources needed to realize their greatest potential.

WHY WE DO IT

Because we are committed to solving two of the country’s biggest problems: The growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent crisis, fueled by the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities and the eroding middle class in America.

HOW WE DO IT

We’re building a STEM workforce.

Base 11 connects STEM businesses, educational institutions and entrepreneurial opportunities with the high-potential, low-resource students who have shown interest and talent but lack the resources and access needed to allow their interest to grow. We offer three tracks:

  • Academic-year internships and paid summer fellowships at world-class research institutions with mentorship, exposure to high-tech labs and experience with graduate-level research projects
  • A STEM Entrepreneur Program that includes a 16-week curriculum, training to use the Fab Lab housed in Base 11 Innovation Centers, and culminating in a national pitch competition for cash prizes. Students gain leadership skills, business acumen and innovation techniques that they can apply to their own startup or a major corporation
  • Workforce development programs that provide job-specific training and apprenticeships for STEM careers. The program also includes leadership development, life skills training and mentorships to support the students’ overall success.

Success is defined as STEM-related employment, admission to a four-year college in a STEM-related field or the development of a STEM-related business.

“Base 11 gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a computer science degree at a top-tier university.”

Paul Grad
West Los Angeles Community College and Base 11 intern at Caltech