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Ignite Innovation Lab
At Bitwise 1701

What is the Ignite Innovation Lab?

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.

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Who is involved in the Innovation Lab?

Bitwise Industries, in partnership with the City of Bakersfield and Kern County, launched the Innovation Lab in August of 2021.

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What is the process for selection for the first cohort?

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.

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Where will the Ignite Innovation Lab be located?

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.

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For more information, please contact
[email protected].