Earlier this year, we were excited to begin our annual Mako Student Innovation Award hosted with Ryerson! Our Toronto industrial design consultant, as well at the rest of the Mako Design team, loved hearing all the different and new innovative ideas that the talented students from Ryerson had to present to us at the award pitches and couldn’t wait to hear to who was going to win! We were happy to hear that although the pitches and events had to be canceled due to social distancing measures, the pitches were still able to be carried on thanks to switching to digital alternatives! After some intense rounds of pitches, Mako Design is excited to give a big congratulations to the winners of this year’s Mako Student Innovation Award, the Enhanced Medical Nutrition Startup from Biomedical Zone!
Listen to our CEO, Kevin Mako, deliver an inspiring speech for the 2020 Mako Student Innovation Award pitch event!
About the Mako Student Innovation Award
Every year our Toronto industrial design consultant at Mako Design is proud to team up with Ryerson to hold the Mako Student Innovation Awards! 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 our Toronto industrial design consultant, and Mako Design, 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.
About Enhanced Medical Nutrition
Started under Biomedical Zone, Enhanced Medical Nutrition (EMN) is a university-based life sciences organization engaged in the research, development, and distribution of evidence-based clinical nutrition in the perioperative setting. EMN supports the patient’s journey through surgery with clinical nutrition to help patients prepare better and recover faster. The dedicated start-up noticed the statistic that around 69% of individuals admitted to hospitals experience declining nutritional statuses during their stay. The Enhanced Medical Nutrition start-up presented their winning pitch by explaining that they are focusing on developing a protein isolate water formula that will increase protein intake and muscle metabolism to help maintain and improve the nutritional status for patients. Their product is innovative and evidence-based that is made to best support improved outcomes in patients to help them better prepare and recover faster. The genius and innovation behind this idea are that it is high-impact and cost-effective, reducing the economic burden that comes along with surgery. An amazing idea, with an important purpose, especially given how important health has been more than ever!
Mako Design, as well as our Toronto industrial design consultant, would like to congratulate Enhanced Medical Nutrition once again for their win and wish them the best of luck for the future of their innovation! Thanks to everyone who participated and Ryerson for helping organize the Mako Student Innovation Award for another year!
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!