top entrepreneurial company MAKO gets noticed by Entrepreneur Mag

Entrepreneur Magazine Names MAKO as a Top Company of 2016

November 25, 2016

It’s been an incredible year for MAKO Invent. With only a few weeks left of 2016, we’ve been given the spotlight by the very magazine that ignited our Founders entrepreneurial spirit – Entrepreneur Magazine. The highly anticipated Entrepreneur 360 released the top entrepreneurial companies of the year based on a complex study of impact, growth, innovation and leadership. Thanks to the team’s outstanding performance, MAKO Invent placed among the most innovative and entrepreneurial companies, finishing 69th in America.

top entrepreneurial company

Entrepreneur 360

“It’s an honor to be considered a top entrepreneurial company,” says Kevin Mako, Founder of MAKO Invent. “This further validates everything we do through our industrial design services to advance our entrepreneur clients today and educate the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”

The Award:

The Entrepreneur 360 celebrates outstanding performers in the small business landscape who exemplify superior growth. This growth is not only in revenue, but in the ability to create tremendous value for clients, provide adaptive learning cultures for employees, and drive innovation in their industries. By placing in the top 100, MAKO Invent is proudly featured in the November issue of Entrepreneur Magazine!

Started from the Bottom…

With our roots in Toronto, we thought a Drake quote was necessary. The now 25-person team that develops over 100 new products every year with leading industrial design services was built completely grass-roots with no investors, debt, or financing. Ever since day one, the company’s core values have remained the same: to drive successful product innovation, provide exceptional industrial design services and develop entrepreneurship.


Now We’re Here!

Part of being a successful entrepreneur is mentoring others along the way, which is why MAKO Invent focuses on the development of entrepreneurship. To support youth entrepreneurs interested in using industrial design services for their inventions, the MAKO Student Innovation Award will generously grant over $100,000 to promising teenage inventors over the next 10 years to fund their budding ventures. The Industrial Design Guild, a MAKO created think tank, connects and advances entrepreneurs and professionals offering industrial design services in Toronto, ON and Austin, TX.

From One Entrepreneur to Another:

In the spirit of developing entrepreneurship, making an impact and driving innovation, our Founder is imparting is us all with his words of entrepreneurial wisdom:

Set Your BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal

30 years from now, who do you want to be? Where do you want to be? Every decision you make moving forward ask yourself: Does this get you closer or further to your big hairy audacious goal?

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 designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, 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!


  1. Walter Peel

    September 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve sitting on an invention for many years and always because of lack of finances I’ve never gone forward with it… I used to be a home builders/Fencing company/rancher and welder… I made my prototype many years ago for my own personal use… it’s actually an incredible idea and something that can be made available at a low cost to the consumer… my invention is related to anyone who owns a trailer was wants a total anti-theft device… I looking for someone I can trust… thank you

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      November 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Walter,

      Thanks for reaching out! If you’d like to discuss this further, you can reach us at We will first sign Non-Disclosure Agreements to protect your idea, and then we can review your idea as well as work that would be required. We look forward to hearing from you!

  2. Jeanne-marie Baker

    October 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    How does this work? If I have an idea that is not out there and I’m not sure what exactly the logistical problems (if any) would be with it , is there some sort of consultation we could do without committing to you fully? And would my idea be protected? Also how much would a consultation be ?

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      November 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Hey Jeanne-Marie!

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, before disclosing your idea, both parties will sign a Non-Disclosure agreement to protect your idea. Then we will review your idea and the work that would be required to create it, and provide you with a quote. You can contact us – we look forward to hearing from you!


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