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Innovation is the very gadget of Entrepreneurship. It inspires the world when people develop solutions to fill gaps in a market that solves real problems. At MAKO Design + Invent, we help innovation to flourish and our journey with this year’s winners of the SAGE World Cup 2016 says it all. Team MAKO congratulates HelpWear founders Frank Nguyen and Andre Bertram on their grand victory in the Philippines on August 15th, 2016. Their creativity and innovation magnificently won over that of other representatives’ from across the world under the SEB (Social Enterprise Business) category.

HelpWear, winners of the CNE Innovation Garage Grant as well as the MAKO Student Innovation Award, accepting their 1st place prize on the global stage.

Out from the Ryerson University’s learning zone, the startup founders aim to improve the life of all Canadians by developing reasonable and handy products for patients allowing them to monitor their health by themselves and be able to live a healthier life. Frank and Andre have been committed and passionate about what they have been doing throughout. With their first invention, the HeartWatch that permits 24/7 at home heart monitoring and an in-built emergency contact system for further prevention and better curing of heart related fatalities, they seem to have created a lot of noise already. We believe, the secret to their success lies in the real social impact they are aspiring to create through their innovation.

A prototype of the Help Wear watch, which helps detect heart attacks and calls for emergency help if one does happen.

We are no strangers to these outstanding young entrepreneurs. Frank has been closely associated with the MAKO family. Soon after their first meeting at the Fraser Institute Awards 2015, one of our MAKO speakers invited Frank to share the stage with him for a keynote speech about mentorship, entrepreneurship skills, product development, funding and brand building at SAGE Canada in October 2015. As a teenage entrepreneur, Nyugen stood as a bundle of inspiration for students of his age at the MAKO-SAGE Innovation Hack.

We couldn’t be more proud to have awarded the HelpWear Tech team with the MAKO Student Innovation Award in March 2016 to help them take their invention to the next level. The award signifies strong partnerships between MAKO, Brookfield Institute and Ryerson University. Later in May 2016, by winning the SAGE Canada’s National Competition, once again, they made us proud and we were so sure that finals will be an epic in their entrepreneurial journey. This weekend, they will also be competing at the CNE Innovation Garage in Toronto where Kevin Mako, Founder at MAKO Invent will be in the judging panels. Thus far, the team has succeeded in a variety of events and competitions across the fields of science, mathematics and technology and has also received an impactful media coverage in Toronto.

The duo truly exemplifies the zeal of teenagers when they are given the opportunity to discover and invent. Their noble contribution in the form of HeartWatch is a boon for the home healthcare industry and their consistent efforts to tune technology towards creating a significant impact in the community are much valued.  We are honored to have recognized their talent at an early stage and by bringing the SAGE World Cup home, they have motivated us enough to keep supporting young entrepreneurs and giving them opportunities to take their business ideas to the next levels. An amazing milestone in their entrepreneurial journey indeed!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

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MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.


1 Comment

  1. Sarah

    Congratulations to Frank and Andre!
    MAKO Invent has seen the potential in their invention and they were right…here they are, winners.
    All the best to HelpWear for the future.


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