toronto inventor Backed With $100,000 Deal on Dragons' Den

MAKO Client Backed With $100,000 Deal on Dragons’ Den

We’re so excited to share that our client, Jonathan Schloo, a Toronto inventor, was just backed on CBC’s Dragon’s Den with a whopping $100,000 deal! His ingenious invention is something we should all have in our homes, and with the plan to sell the product in stores like Costco, it very well could be something we all have in our homes in a few years. We are thrilled to say we helped bring Jonathan’s idea to life with our award-winning services including concept design, detailed engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing! Continue reading for more on the CarGenerator and the Dragons’ Den viewing party. 


We helped this Toronto inventor bring the CarGenerator to life.

CarGenerators at the Toronto viewing party.


MAKO and Toronto Inventor Team Up to Create a Dragons’ Den Success 

Jonathan Schloo recently pitched his invention to the dragons on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and walked away with a life-changing deal of $100,000. The questions and negotiations were intense with a lot of interest from every single dragon. In the end, Vincenzo Guzzo, CEO of Cinemas Guzzo, and Jim Treliving, CEO of Boston Pizza, saw huge potential to sell the product in stores like Costco and went in on the investment together. Check out the video from the CarGenerator viewing party in the heart of beautiful downtown Toronto, and behind the scenes perspective from the Toronto inventor below: 



This Toronto Inventor Thinks Ahead

So what exactly is the CarGenerator? Well, did you know your vehicle has 3 of the 4 necessary components to make a generator? But, instead of maintaining a smelly, heavy, and huge gas generator, all you would need is the CarGenerator! Now, you have the world’s most reliable, ultralight, clean, and easy-to-store power generation solution. Now, you have a backup generator for your house, cottage, or even while camping. CarGenerator will help you run:

  • Your home furnace and sump pump
  • The fridge or other appliances
  • Lights and/or TVs, computers, and more
  • RV or trailer batteries
  • Bouncy castles, and fun toys for your kids next birthday
  • Medical devices


Let us know what you think of this invention! Did you see Jonathan Schloo on Dragons’ Den? 



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. Louanne korolischuk

    December 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I have a great product idea

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      December 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Louanne!

      Thanks so much for your comment! We would love to chat with you about your idea. We will send you an email at the address you’ve provided to set up a meeting with our Product Strategy team. Looking forward to chatting with you!


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