One of the most important values at Mako Design + Invent as a Toronto Product Development 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 Development Firms catered towards home inventors and small businesses, we make sure to give back as much as possible! The Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition has been an official partner of Mako’s over the years and we are excited to share that 2021 is no different. Kevin Mako kicked off this competition with an inspiring keynote for all the student finalists.
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 the keynote speaker of the competition as he has a prominent entrepreneurial reputation as CEO of one of the top Toronto Product Development 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 Development Firm Sponsors the QEC
Being a top Toronto product development 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. 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 Development 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. 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.
Check out some of Kevin’s top tips for small businesses!
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!