2018 MAKO Student Innovation Award Applications Open

by | Mar 1, 2018 | Community Initiatives, Company News, Educational, Start-ups

The MAKO Student Innovation Award is a business pitch competition hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The competition will reward recipients and their invention ideas $10,500 from MAKO and the Brookfield Institute to assist them in transforming their prototypes into products and successful businesses.

With many invention ideas, this competition was fierce.

Winners of the 2016 MAKO Student Innovation Award.

Application timeline

Applications opened on February 5, 2018, and will close on March 5, 2018. You have a month to get those applications in! From there, applicants will be shortlisted and finalists will be notified in March. Finalists will then be invited to present their invention ideas in front of the selection committee in April 2018. The selection committee will attend the adjudication event, watch the presentations, and make the final selection of the recipient based on the following weighted criteria:

25% – Innovation in Product Design and Concept
25% – Marketability and Commercialization
25% – Business Model
25% – Social Impact


  • Students must currently be part of the Ryerson Zone network and in good academic standing
  • Students must have a physical mock-up/prototype of their invention ideas and business plan by the adjudication date
  • Evidence of cross-zone collaboration is encouraged, but not mandatory
  • At least one team member must meet the eligibility conditions


If you have invention ideas, The DMZ is ranked the best in the world for startups.

Startups at Ryerson’s zone learning incubator, The DMZ.

How to apply

View the information that is needed in order to apply here. Information should be sent to zonelearning@ryerson.ca quoting “Application – MAKO Student Innovation Award 2018” in the subject line.

So if you’re a student that has a big business or invention ideas that could change the world, enter for a chance to turn your idea into reality.

Want to know more? There’s an info session happening February 27th where you can learn everything you need to know to enter. RSVP here.

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

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.



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