On August 7, Base 11 held a grand opening ceremony for the Base 11 Innovation Center at the Cove. Attendees traveled from across the country to be present and included leaders of industry, academia, and philanthropy. Base 11 connects STEM businesses, educational institutions and entrepreneurial opportunities with high-potential 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 Base 11 Innovation Center is the focal point of the ecosystem we’re establishing in Orange County to prepare more high potential, low resource students to fill in-demand jobs and launch new business ventures in fields like technology, aerospace and life sciences,” said Landon Taylor, CEO of Base 11.
According to Base 11, their innovation centers feature an MIT-inspired Fab Lab and enables hands-on, project-based learning designed to empower students with STEM 2.0 skills that are in high demand by industry. This facility was built in partnership with Base 11’s ongoing work with Applied Innovation to foster a growing ecosystem of high-potential, tech innovations and new business ventures in Orange County.
“The career-focused experience and innovation mindset that students will gain in a Base 11 Innovation Center is in high demand in the industry,” said Al Bunshaft, senior vice president of global affairs for Dassault Systèmes. “Dassault Systèmes is excited to be one of the first companies to be part of this STEM ecosystem model in Orange County.”
As part of the ceremony, community-college students who participated in Base 11’s Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy presented final capstone projects that they completed at UCI. The students presented their talent in STEM related topics and answered questions from the crowd. The goal behind Base 11’s partnership with Applied Innovation is to encourage more access and opportunities for students to gain knowledge in entrepreneurship, funding, incubation, and startup acceleration.
“We’re proud to expand UCI’s partnership with Base 11, continuing to enhance experiential learning and create more economic opportunities for entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities. UCI is increasingly being recognized for our track record of inclusion, and academic and research excellence among our first-generation, low-income and minority students. The Base 11 partnership will allow us to take it up a notch and encourage more entrepreneurs to find success in STEM industries,” said Richard Sudek, chief innovation officer and executive director of UCI Applied Innovation.
Followed by these presentations, the crowd was then given an extensive tour of the innovation center and provided opportunities to engage with students and demos of their projects.
Watch the Grand Opening Ceremony on Applied Innovation’s Indi Channel at http://indi.com/956z4v.