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Parity Project Innovation Challenge

Boulé-Base 11 Fellow Candidates: is your Proposal for Parity ready for prime time? Submit your proposal here!

Challenge Overview

The Parity Project Innovation Challenge asks Boulé-Base 11 Fellow candidates to propose solutions that can help bridge the historic disparities that Black Americans face in key career fields and STEM industries.

A complete Proposal for Parity will consist of background research on your chosen disparity, an innovative solution for addressing the inequality, and an action plan that describes how you would implement your vision.

One-of-a-kind networking opportunities and cash prizes await the winners of this challenge, including the chance to attend a sponsored trip to destinations like Washington D.C. and the Bahamas where you will present your proposal before national leaders and influential executives!

Will you help Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Base 11 to achieve parity for Black America? Head to Base 11 Digital first to sign up and access key program information. Then, view the Proposal Guidelines to begin your Proposal for Parity!

Proposal Guidelines
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Challenge Updates

Now accepting your Proposals for Parity!

Oct. 6, 2021, 1 p.m. PDT by Shane Jenkins

Hello there Heroes!

This message is meant to inform you that the Parity Project Innovation Challenge is now open and accepting your Proposals for Parity! Incredible prizes lie in store for those who win in this year's challenge, but even more enticing is the array of unparalleled opportunities that the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program offers its members.

You won't want to miss all that this challenge has to offer, so get your process started by applying today!

Welcome to the Community!

April 28, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT by Shane Jenkins

Welcome to the Parity Project Innovation Challenge! It's awesome that you are already interested in our challenge mission.

We wanted to give you a heads up that an essential element to participating in this challenge is first applying to become a candidate in the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program. We encourage you to apply for candidacy within the program as soon as possible to make use of as many learning opportunities as you can!

To apply to the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows program and join the Next Frontier Initiative, qualified applicants should go to Base 11 Digital and follow the application process. You can also learn more about the program on the FAQ tab.

Remember, you can always reach out in the Forum if you have any questions, or comment directly on this update!

Thanks again for your interest. We’re as excited as you are to see the proposals created by all kinds of innovators and disruptors!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Parity Project is a national call to action to achieve Parity for Black America in 10 areas that will contribute to closing the education, income, wealth, and health gap between African Americans and whites in the next 10 years. The 10 “lanes,” each of which highlights disparity between white and blacks, are high school AP scores, STEM degrees, STEM jobs/careers, medical professionals, Fortune 500 CEOs, Fortune 500 Corporate Directors, Venture/Private Equity GP representation, VC-backed companies with a Black founder, poverty, and prison population.

The Next Frontier Initiative is the name of Base 11’s audacious goal to empower 100,000+ students, early STEM career adults, and STEM entrepreneurs on their pathways to success in Next Frontier industries by 2030.

Next Frontier industries are tech-focused economic sectors that Base 11 has identified as the fastest growing and most rewarding over the next 20 years. They include data analytics, cybersecurity, financial technology (fintech), aerospace, life sciences, medicine and healthcare, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems, education technology (edtech) and private equity and venture capital, among others.

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, also known as The Boulé, is committed to leveraging its influence and resources to help ensure that at least 50,000 of the 100,000 targeted individuals impacted by Base 11’s Next Frontier Initiative will be African Americans. 

In addition, Sigma Pi Phi’s Grand Committee on Blacks on Corporate Boards will help accelerate the Parity Project’s efforts to reach 13.4% African American representation on corporate boards in the US.

The Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program is a fellowship program designed to provide the access, awareness and belief needed for African American male and female students and early career professionals to become well-connected STEM professionals positioned to serve as game changing leaders of Next Frontier industries.

The Parity Project Innovation Challenge is an annual crowd sourcing Innovation Challenge designed and powered by HeroX. The challenge provides Boulé-Base 11 Fellow candidates the opportunity to propose a solution to help close the wealth gap in one or more of the Parity Project target areas.

Winners of the challenge will receive a cash prize and opportunities to present and discuss their ideas to national executives and well-connected leaders of Next Frontier industries with interest in materializing similar projects. Winners will travel to New York to meet with leadership of JP Morgan Chase, Washington DC to present to leadership of the Executive Leadership Council, and the Bahamas to speak on stage at Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Grand Boule ́ Conference and share their experience as a Boule ́- Base 11 Fellow.