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  • Writer's pictureChris Danek

Hardware Park Adopts Bessel Origin for its NextGen Program

The Spring 2024 NextGen cohort of 4 high-school students and 9 UAB students is already off to a strong start. During the 12-week internship, the students are addressing the opioid crisis, inspired by startup entrepreneur Kyle Berman of OD Revive. On completion, participants will earn Bessel Origin digital badges and have a real-world medtech development project to add to their resumes.



NextGen student interns at work. Photo courtesy Hardware Park.


Bessel engineers Cynthia Bautista and Andres Gutierrez are mentors to the three teams. 


“The creativity and spark these students bring to their work has been incredible. The next generation of engineers continues to inspire me,” says Chris Danek, founder and CEO of Bessel.


In 2023, Hardware Park was designated as an Innovative Entity by Innovate Alabama and awarded a grant to start MedTech Design Internship programs for high school and college students in partnership with Bessel.


About Hardware Park

Hardware Park is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Birmingham, AL with an eye toward the future of designing, engineering, and manufacturing physical products.


Hardware Park’s mission is to equip current and future entrepreneurs with the resources to transform promising ideas into world-changing physical products. Our innovation activities bring together future, current, and veteran innovators—to work collaboratively in one place.



Photo courtesy Hardware Park.


About Bessel and Bessel Origin

Bessel is an impact accelerator for medtech companies. We're on a mission to deliver health and wellness breakthroughs that scale.


We deliver these breakthroughs by empowering startups and technical teams. We transform professionals and organizations by unlocking the full potential of teams, and we believe in combining design thinking, agile teamwork, medical device startup experience, and technical expertise.


The Bessel OriginTM program teaches technical teams a powerful combination of design thinking, human-centered design, and agile teamwork. Teams work on real-world projects under the mentorship of medtech experts. 


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