Bessel Announces Partnership with Blackhawke Behavior Science

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Blackhawke brings deep teamwork expertise and practical tools, including its Entrepreneurship Value Profile, to Bessel Origin’s fall program for recent college graduates.

Bessel, the creator of Bessel Origin, today announced its partnership with Blackhawke Behavior Science. Through this partnership, Bessel Origin participants will have access to Blackhawke’s Entrepreneurship Value Profile (EVP), an online assessment tool that measures psychological and behavioral traits underlying entrepreneurial performance. The EVP is designed to help key players within the entrepreneurial ecosystem predict and anticipate the success and challenges of both individual entrepreneurs and startup teams.

Bessel Origin, which officially begins in September, is a ten-week project-based learning program that provides hands-on work experience to college students and recent college graduates. Participants work in small teams and have the opportunity to work on purpose-driven, real-world projects that both improve society and impact the environment. Projects are sourced from employers, Bessel, and the community itself. The program fees for the Fall Bessel Origin program are fully underwritten by employers, so there will be no cost for qualified applicants.

Prior to the start of the Fall cohort, Bessel Origin participants will receive a link to access the EVP assessment, which includes questions about attitudes, behavioral tendencies and preferences. The EVP assessment measures psychological traits that predict behavioral performance in eight pillars of entrepreneurship: vision and strategy; execution and operations; direction and influence; problem-solving and decision-making; collaboration and allyship; willpower and initiative; innovation and resourcefulness; and tenacity.

“We see a clear benefit for Bessel Origin participants,” said Nikki Blacksmith, co-founder of Blackhawke Behavior Science. “They have a chance to understand themselves better, become a better teammate, and learn from our Blackhawke experts-in-residence. What’s more, companies working with Bessel Origin will better understand their own teams’ dynamics, learn how to build more balanced teams, and identify the key players they need to help their businesses succeed.”

In their first working program session, Bessel Origin participants will learn about teamwork and leadership. A Blackhawke expert will explain the EVP assessment and how each participant can get the most from their individual results. Participants can use their results to understand their own strengths and working style. Plus, they’ll have the option to share their results with their cohort to better understand their team dynamics.

“We are thrilled to partner with Blackhawke to provide our participants not only the benefit of their EVP tools, but access to Blackhawke experts-in-residence,” said Chris Danek, founder of Bessel. “Starting with Blackhawke’s integration into our Fall program, this will become a core tool for Bessel Origin participants, helping them better understand and develop their leadership and teamwork skills.”

Throughout the program, participants will review how their team is working together and reference their EVP results. Blackhawke experts-in-residence will also lead masterclasses on teamwork for current participants and alumni.

Registration is currently open for the next Bessel Origin cohort at

About Bessel
Bessel transforms high-potential students and employees through hands-on project-based work. Small teams receive expert mentorship and workshops in design thinking, agile teamwork, and other skills critical to succeed in the workplace. For professionals, the Bessel Origin Program is a proven way to understand the language of work and learn through real-world work experience. For employers, Bessel helps identify, develop, and retain star performers using evidence-based talent management. For more information, visit

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