MAKO Design + Invent loves that we live in a time where innovation has no boundaries. The entrepreneurial community has continuously progressed to provide so many amazing opportunities for young entrepreneurs in order to help them achieve success. Our friends over at University of Toronto have avidly supported a number of student start-up initiatives, as their students make remarkable contributions across various tech industries. So it is no surprise that they chose to support their alumnus Mark Goh and his co-founder Pat Laureano in their seamless product development project for a wireless charging device called ChargeSpot.
UofT has many different facilities and competitions that provide funding, coaching, and networking opportunities for student start-ups. This time their program for tech-focused start-ups known as Creative Destruction Lab, hosted an event called DemoCamp. It was a great opportunity for investors, researchers and entrepreneurs to network and share their innovative ideas. Executives at Creative Destruction Lab were heavily impressed by the founders of ChargeSpot, and offered them a chance to participate in the Creative Destruction Lab summer program. The summer program is held every year, and is designed to link start-ups with venture capitalists to acquire funding and mentorship for their initiatives. The Creative Destruction Lab summer program provided Mark and Pat thorough coaching and introduced them to important mentors that have helped them establish their seamless product development and successfully launch their company.
The design of ChargeSpot is very simple and circular in shape, with a sleek, black hardware finish that makes it easy to blend into its surroundings. The product itself can be seamlessly installed under any surface such as tables and desks at places like coffee shops, restaurants, and office spaces. The purpose of this new product development is to stray away from untangling pesky wires, and simply connecting to a wireless transmitter. ChargeSpot uses electromagnetic induction to transfer energy between the transmitter and the receiver, and it supports most wireless devices that run on Qi (Wireless Power Consortium) and PMA (Power Matters Alliance) standards. Service providers such as restaurant owners can make their customer’s experience a lot better by integrating ChargeSpot in their locations. They are not only providing them a free wireless charging service, but they can also use the ChargeSpot’s Connect feature to send their customers Push Promotions on deals. The same feature can be used in office spaces to manage the utility and progression of the device.
At Mako, we encourage young entrepreneurs and innovators to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to help them advance in their seamless product development initiatives. Especially at events like DemoCamp, which allows young inventors to enter for free, and share their ideas for feedback by industry leaders. We love supporting facilities provided by our academic partners that help foster many young entrepreneurs who are ready to make game changing decisions at early stages of their career.
About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!