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


In collaboration with our world- class partners from industry, academia and philanthropy, we deploy a  STEM Accelerator model that transforms high-potential, low-resource college and high school students into the STEM talent that industry so desperately needs.


Because we are committed to solving one 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. By solving this problem, we can also establish a sustainable middle class inclusive of all Americans.


We’re building a STEM workforce.

Base 11 establishes innovation centers that feature MIT-inspired Fab Labs, and integrate hands-on, project based learning programs designed to set students on a direct pathway to a four-year STEM degree and/or a well-paid STEM jobs.   In the past two years we’ve established innovation centers on university and community college campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area; Orange County, CA; and Phoenix, Arizona.

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