We are Park & Diamond and we are creating a collapsible bike helmet that can roll up into the shape of a water bottle for easy transportation and looks like a hat. As two engineering students at Virginia Tech, we always wanted to start a company and never thought twice about bike helmets. Then two years ago, my sister was riding her bike through the intersection of Park & Diamond and was the victim of a hit and run without wearing a helmet. We were asked the question, “Why wouldn’t you wear a helmet” and this led us to fundamentally rethink bike helmets. Our journey as two engineering students pursuing entrepreneurship led us to conduct thousands of customer interviews, develop patent pending technology, successfully raise capital, build a team of four, and develop strategic relationships with companies including Red Bull and Ansys! We are excited to share our story and the lessons learned!