Who are the sponsors of this challenge?
Base 11 is a nonprofit 501c3 STEM workforce and entrepreneur development company empowering BIPOC students and early career adults with the Access, Awareness, and Belief needed for STEM career success in the Next Frontier Industries of the 21st Century.
- Awareness that STEM-related jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurship exist.
- Access to the resources, facilities, and social and professional networks required to be competitive.
- Belief that they have what it takes to be successful in a STEM-related or entrepreneurial career.
Base 11 and Sigma Pi Phi (The Boulé), the oldest Black Greek-lettered organization, have partnered in the Parity Project to help increase African American representation in Base 11’s Next Frontier Initiative, a bold plan to scale Base 11’s reach and impact by accelerating over 100,000 students and early career adults on their pathway to the most highly compensated STEM focused careers within the fastest growing and most innovative technology-driven industry segments over the next 10 years. To that end, the Parity Project will work to ensure that at least 50% of the 100,000 students and early career adults impacted are African American.
To achieve this goal, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Base 11 jointly developed the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program and the Parity Project Innovation Challenge, which are designed to provide candidates with the access, awareness, and belief they need to become highly trained and well connected STEM leaders, positioned to serve as Game Changers in the fields of industry, science, medicine, and law.
To learn more about the Next Frontier Initiative, the Parity Project, and the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program, including how to apply to become a Fellow, click on the FAQ tab.
How does this challenge fit into the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program?
The Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program targets high school juniors and seniors, college students, and early career adults, through the age of 34, who are seeking a STEM-related career.
Candidates in the program earn the official Boulé-Base 11 Fellow designation by successfully completing all components of the program. A key component of completing the program is proposing a Capstone Project. Capstone Projects are designed to help solve one or more of the disparities targeted by the Parity Project.
The Parity Project Innovation Challenge offers all candidates of the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program the opportunity to submit a Capstone Project Proposal to be evaluated against the submissions of their fellow candidates. Although participating in this challenge is not a required step in completing a Capstone Project for the Boulé-Base 11 Fellowship, participating does offer candidates access to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and will likely assist participants with implementing their Capstone Projects into the real world.
How do I join the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program and how do I participate in this challenge?
Starting April 20th, 2021:
- Create a HeroX account for yourself and “Follow” this challenge page to make sure you receive all of our updates.
- Next, join the Next Frontier Initiative and apply to the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program through Base 11 Digital.
Starting October 6th, 2021
- The Parity Project Innovation Challenge will officially launch on this site.