In 2014 a visionary philanthropist granted Base 11 $5M in seed capital to build a mission-based nonprofit that would set out to solve two of the country’s biggest problems. 1) The growing STEM talent pipeline crisis, which is only getting worse because of the under representation of women and minorities and 2) the lack of a sustainable middle class in American made up of all Americans.
We started by studying the problem and identifying what we found to be the three primary barriers that prevent women and minorities from entering and advancing in STEM related careers.
The three barriers are a lack of Awareness, Access and Belief:
Awareness that STEM related jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurship even exist.
Access to the resources, facilities, social and professional networks required to be competitive.
Belief that they have what it takes to be successful in a STEM related career.
In response, we built state-of-the-art Innovation Centers; developed hands-on, project-based STEM programming; and formed well over 60 academic, industry and nonprofit partnerships all designed to tear down those barriers and develop the mindset and skills needed to succeed in the workforce and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st Century.
Together, Base 11 and our partners set an initial goal to accelerate 11,000 students on their pathway to the Victory Circle by the end of 2021. As you see on our Impact page, we are on pace to exceed the goal a year ahead of schedule!
Thanks to our courageous and visionary board of directors, we’ve launched the Next Frontier Initiative, a bold goal and plan to increase Base 11’s reach and impact by accelerating over 100,000 students on their pathway to the Victory Circle by 2030!
The Next Frontier Initiative is squarely focused on preparing the next wave of STEM workers and entrepreneurs and preparing them for successful careers in the tech focused industries that are predicted to be the fastest growing and most rewarding over the next 20 years.
When you become a Next Frontier sponsor, your annual contribution is leveraged to provide our students with the Access, Awareness, and Belief they need to succeed made possible through the following Next Frontier Initiative Solutions.
Next Frontier Facilities
Students gain hands-on STEM skills using industry-quality technology and equipment in Base 11 Innovation Centers:
- Innovation Center at Skyline College
- Innovation Center at the Cove @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation
- Innovation Center at South Mountain Community College
- Innovation Center in Compton, California
- Base 11 Rocketry Lab at UC Irvine
- Deloitte Innovation Center at Christo Rey High School Philadelphia
- Morgan State University Rocketry Lab (first of its kind at an HBCU