On May 24, Base11, a non-profit, 501c3 workforce and entrepreneur accelerator, held a sneak-peak event for the community to preview their Center for Innovation lab at the Cove.
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. They offer three tracks to achieve their mission:
- 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 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.
The programming for the evening included student-based startups presenting their companies and interacting with attendees through a Q&A session that took place afterward. Additionally, attendees were able to tour the space and learn more about the latest highlights coming from participants in Base 11’s tracks.