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

WHAT WE DO

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.

WHY WE DO IT

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.

HOW WE DO IT

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