Duke Entrepreneurs Advance Projects in Summer Accelerator

August 12, 2019

Two recent Duke Engineering graduates used Duke I&E's inaugural Summer Accelerator to focus on their startup that uses 3D-printing technology to create anatomically fitting padding designed to prevent and protect injuries

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Clark Bulleit ’19, Beryl Baldwin ’20, and Kevin Gehsmann ’19

The inaugural Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summer Accelerator concluded last week, having helped scores of Duke students and recent alums share their entrepreneurial spirit and drive to change the world.

Among these groups were Clark Bulleit (BME '19) and Kevin Gehsmann (ME '19), who played football for Duke, used their engineering background to create a brace for teammate Daniel Jones after he fractured his clavicle last September. They collaborated with the team's medical personnel and utilized the Innovation Co-Lab and other Duke resources to create a custom product that would maximize security and mobility—enabling the quarterback to return to the field in just three weeks. Based on that experience, the two cofounded Protect3d, which uses 3D-printing technology to create anatomically fitting padding designed to prevent and protect injuries. They're aiming to make this technology fast and affordable so it can be used in training rooms everywhere.

Read more about the Summer Accelerator and Protect3d in the Duke I&E feature.