Our CEO, Kevin Mako, Delivers an Inspiring Speech at the Mako Student Innovation Award!

by | Aug 19, 2020 | Award, Community Initiatives, Events, Mako Official Partner

About the Mako Student Innovation Award

Every year our Toronto product design studio, Mako Design, is proud to team up with Ryerson to hold the Mako Student Innovation Awards! As a Toronto product design studio, it’s important for us to support our community, especially aspiring students who want to help push forward innovation in our society. Not only does Mako Design participate in countless different events each year but taking the time to learn more about what young innovators, designers, and future entrepreneurs have in store for our future excites us.  

Because we love to see young entrepreneurs and innovators thrive, the Mako Student Innovation Award is a business pitch competition that gives the opportunity and platform to students with big and bright ideas to present their ideas to their community and get the helpful exposure they need for their ideas, while receiving feedback and support! Not only do we give students the opportunity to innovate and take part in the world of entrepreneurship, but we also present an award for $10,500 dollars to a winning group of students from local Toronto university, Ryerson, who present the most innovative and astounding idea that wows a curated panel of judges with their idea! Using the money, students can finance and transform their innovative ideas into the market, giving them the opportunity to boost and start their own entrepreneurial journey.

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Takeaways from our CEO, Kevin Mako’s Speech!

In relevance to the pandemic, Kevin took time within his speech to address how to face big challenges and preserve during unprecedented times. Kevin offered motivational words and exemplified his journey by starting up our Toronto product design studio, Mako Design, as an entrepreneur through multiple technological and economic changes. He also speaks on the importance of recognizing opportunity and going after it with persistence!

“Volatility lead to gaps, those gaps lead to market spaces, market spaces that need to be filled by new and inspiring entrepreneurs.”

“It’s always important to remember that opportunity is out there – there are two types of people, those who recede, and then there are those who look for opportunities to hustle harder and use their time to get twice as much done.”

You can listen and watch Kevin’s full speech in the video below!

As always, Mako Design would like to send a special thanks to Ryerson for partnering with us and making the Mako Student Innovation Award the great and motivating event that it is. We’d also like to send a big thanks to all the students who gave in their pitch, those who presented took part, and tuned in to the event!

Check out the past winners from the 2018 and 2019 Mako Student Innovation Award!

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!

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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