The Ignite Innovation Lab, located in Bitwise 1701 in Bakersfield, California, is a technology business incubator designed to nurture diverse entrepreneurs, and is home to a six-month-long cohort experience focused on creating new businesses and jobs locally.
Along with providing workforce development and skills training for target industries, the Innovation Lab also fosters continued collaboration amongst economic development partners that benefit the local community and economy.
Bitwise Industries, in partnership with the City of Bakersfield and Kern County, launched the Innovation Lab in August of 2021.
Our first cohort will consist of twelve students, with a focus on founders and product companies. Since our goal is to create/support the development of more diverse founders, all participants will come from marginalized people groups local to Bakersfield, California. By the end of the program, cohort members will have founded product companies that are generating revenue.
The Ignite Innovation Lab is located inside Bitwise 1701, part of the Bitwise Bakersfield campus in downtown. Bitwise 1701 also features a two-story coworking space, multiple private office suites, conference rooms and reservable classrooms.