One of the most important values at Mako Design + Invent as a Toronto Product Design Firm is to encourage, support, and take part in as many initiatives that help others in their quest for product design, product development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Since Mako Design has its beginnings etched in starting out as a small business through the efforts of our CEO, Kevin Mako, taking an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age to start Mako Design + Invent up as one of the first Toronto Product Design Firms catered towards home inventors and small businesses, we make sure to give back as much as possible! As we explore the newer venues of design, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Toronto, we try to sponsor as many establishments as possible, including academic institutions!
About Queens Entrepreneurs Competition
Queen’s University is a university-based in Kingston, Ontario. Queens’ carries an impressive business program, educating some of the brightest and talented business students in Canada. Queens’ university hosts a lot of different programs, events and opportunities for its students and amongst one of them is the Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition to help encourage and give entrepreneurial experience to its business students. Each year, the QEC receives hundreds of business plan submissions from around the globe and chooses 15 teams to be invited to Toronto to pitch their business plans to a panel of Canadian business leaders. Our CEO, Kevin Mako, was invited to be among that panel as a leader of one of the top Toronto Product Design Firms. The final weekend of QEC faster a vibrant exchange of ideas, innovation and a great opportunity to make new professional and personal connections.
Did you know that our CEO, Kevin Mako, was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards? Learn more here!
Toronto Product Design Firm, Mako Design, as a Sponsor for the QEC
Being a top Toronto product design firm comes with a lot of duties and interest to be involved as much as possible to the opportunities that surround our community in terms of ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The QEC is a perfect opportunity that Mako Design was glad to take part in and sponsor because of how much we believe in supporting students and aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn and test their skills within the trade. We love to hear about new ideas and innovations that come from the bright minds of the youth. Not only do we gain gratification from connecting with other leaders in innovation and business, but the chance to be able to help inform, educated and inspiring students are just as important to Mako Designs philosophy in that supporting youth is important for the future of our businesses, design world, and society. As a sponsor for the QEC, Mako Design was pleased to provide the top 3 winning teams with 1-hour consulting services for the future of their entrepreneurial and business goals.
Kevin Mako on Running a Top Toronto Product Design Firm
Our CEO, Kevin Mako, is very passionate about being able to connect, meet, and share his passion for entrepreneurship and design. For this reason, Kevin has spent a good amount of his career taking part in different public speaking opportunities to talk to others all about his experience and expertise in running a top Toronto product design firm. Explaining what makes a successful business, product, and design are all areas in which Kevin has gained extensive knowledge and extensive firsthand experience in order to help inform and educate others who are equally as interested in these fields. Kevin hopes that with his lifetime experiences, he will be able to help and inspire as much as possible the design and entrepreneurial community around him to strive and accomplish their goals in the most beneficial way possible. Being a sponsor for the QEC is another great opportunity to aligns with Kevin’s passions and gave him the opportunity to not only meet other leaders such as himself in the field of business and entrepreneurship, but also the future of these fields from the ambitious students chosen to attend the QEC competition weekend.
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Some shots of our CEO, Kevin Mako, speaking at QEC2020!
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 design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, 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!