Make48 Season 4 Applications are Open! | MAKO Design + Invent

Get to Work With MAKO Design + Invent on Make48 Season 4!

About Make48

Make48 is an invention show competition that encourages young inventors to take part in a real-life challenge of taking a product from a simple napkin design to a store shelf. The show’s structure is filmed in a documentary style and the premise introduces multiple teams comprised of young inventors from across the nation who are given product challenges.

The teams must then build the invention from a simple napkin design to a product that can be sold on store shelves. After designing the product, the teams will present the product in front of the panel of judges with a website or video – all within 48 hours.

The top teams who win and impress the panel of judges win the opportunity to keep their intellectual property, acquire a license agreement, and have their product go to market.

After three years of running a successful and exciting show, the popular invention and innovation show has returned for a fourth season! To help you get a foot up on the competition, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about applying to Make48 Season 4 below.

MAKO on Make48 Past Season

As a leading product development firm in North America, MAKO Design + Invent greatly appreciates any efforts and spaces where innovation and invention are encouraged. For this reason, once we heard about the debut of Make48 we were excited to be able to take part and support an amazing invention show and opportunity that gives young inventors around the nation the chance to compete and challenge themselves in creating and inventing an innovative product that’ll impress judges – similar to what the clients we work with at MAKO! In addition to MAKO being a major sponsor of the show, our very own director of strategy, Tim Uys, appears on the show as a judge providing insightful and helpful information and advice to the young inventors on how to help improve their inventions and products. Every year we’ve looked forward to seeing Tim on the show and watching the young talent across North America thrive in making creative and innovative products that continuously impress us year by year! With the announcement of Make48 season 4, we are excited to watch new talent and be a part of this exhilarating experience once more!

Want to watch past seasons invention show, Make48, online? Watch online for free!

About Make48 Season 4 and Your Chance To Apply!

As a major sponsor of the show, we are excited to announce that Make48 is back for its fourth season! For this season, the concept of the “world’s faster invention competition” brings together 10 teams from across the nation of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to learn about everything they need to build and develop and new and innovative product idea. The invention show gives teams exactly 2 days to come up with an idea, build a prototype, and a video. The teams will then present what they’ve made to a panel of judges, including MAKO Design + Invents director of strategy, Tim Uys! In this upcoming year’s special season of Make48, one winning team will be chosen to have their product continue along the journey of product development AND will take home a cash prize of 10,000 dollars!

Tim (left) with the staff of Make48!

If you or know anyone who knows, would be interested in creating a team to join and take the chance to compete against some of the most talented and passionate inventors across the nation, your chance to apply to Make48 season 4 has come! Simply create a team of 2 to 4 people with a team captain of over 18 years of age and submit a max, and a 2-minute video introducing who you are and why you want to compete.

More information on Make48 season 4 and how to apply can be found at the invention show’s official website.

Applications will close on December 31st, 2019! Get those entries in as soon as possible to not miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime!

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

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. Jim Fobert

    2020-01-04 at 9:29 am

    Hey I would like to talk to someone about great idea I have . I am now looking for a company to help me get this off the ground.

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      2020-01-06 at 9:12 am

      Hi Jim!

      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!

  2. Rick Winn

    2020-01-24 at 4:12 pm

    Hi There,

    I got a great invention that I’ve been working on for several months now. I have a finished working prototype and recently tested it out with a knowledgeable pro of the field. I have his endorsement and ready to mass market the product. How can y’all help me get this out?

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      2020-01-27 at 8:45 am

      Hi Rick!

      Thanks so much for your comment! We would love to chat with you about your invention. 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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