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MAKO Design + Invent is a consumer product development group that provides everything needed to turn invention ideas into successful product businesses. Est. 1999, MAKO was the first to provide professional-grade product design, engineering, and development to individual inventors and start-ups, especially in the cost-effective, quick-to-market, full in-house package that MAKO offers – 25 staff between 4 offices (Austin, London, Toronto, and soon Florida!) Ready for MAKO Design + Invent to change your life? Read on below to find out more…
Our Highly-Successful Invention Development Process:
We’ve spent 18 years gathering knowledge, perfecting the processes, and hiring only the best-of-the-best in the field. We tailor a unique solution to every startup client depending on the type of product and many other variables. However, most of the projects follow the same underlying MAKO 3-step process:
1. RESEARCH & DESIGN
We take your invention from that idea in your head to a fully-designed and developed consumer product. We build your invention exactly as you envisioned it combined with our design expertise and strategic advice, all using our first-to-market proprietary invention design process and technology.
2. PROTOTYPE & PROTECT
Our fabrication shop works with materials suppliers, parts vendors, fabricators, and manufacturers to develop functional prototype(s) of your product. After finishing your prorotype, we work with patent lawyers to protect your product with a strong patent strategy.
3. MANUFACTURE & SELL!
After we set up manufacturing, the goal is get your product in front of buyers and ultimately into as many stores as possible. We want to help you achieve the highest level of success, because as our clients’ businesses grow, MAKO grows. We have a whole range of sales and distribution partners, in addition to strategic business guidance.
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We work with startups and inventors to get your product from an idea on a napkin to a booming success in the marketplace. We were the first firm to focus exclusively on helping Product Startups (way back in 1999!). Our entire process makes it easy, cost-effective, and transparent in developing your product into a successful invention business.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What types of products does MAKO Invent specialize in?
Why do you focus on Home Inventors and Small Business?
Can you help someone go from just an Idea all the way to Store Shelves?
I came across your site on the net, tell me more about your company.
Do I get a Patent first, or Develop first?
Do you help with Patenting a Product?
I'm on a limited budget, what does all of this COST?
I'm interested and I would like to learn more. What is the first step?!
If we want to go to Production, where do you manufacture?
What’s with all of this Socially Responsible Business stuff at MAKO?
How do I spot a Licensing Company or Invention Submission Scam?
1. Right off the bat, be wary of any organization that uses ‘royalties’ or ‘licensing’ as a sales buzzword.
2. If they are offering royalty agreements, licensing deals, or something like this, ask what their success rate is. They will likely either try and deflect the question, or they will have already been sued and thus legally have to disclose the rate. If it is less than 10%, turn right around (and 10% even seems low!).
3. If they pass the first two, ask them what specific industrial design software they use. Most of the bogus companies use low-end computer game software to make fake designs of what the product might look like, not the actual engineering of it. If they are not using AutoDesk, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Rhino, or ProE (the 5 industry standard software providors for product engineering), then back away.
Recent News Articles about MAKO Invent:
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Google Official Blog: How MAKO discovered lean growth
BII2: Kevin Mako appointed as Fellow at Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship
Globe and Mail: each office abroad means a new set of rules
SAGE: Kevin Mako keynotes at SAGE Nationals
Ryerson University: Kevin Mako keynotes Ryerson DFZ Launch
MEET THE MAKO TEAM!
Senior Product Strategist
Director of Design
Electrical Engineering Manager
Senior Product Strategy
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Project Management Director
Senior Industrial Designer
Senior Industrial Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
Senior Industrial Designer
Senior Firmware Engineer
Director of Finance
Technical Research Analysist
Ready for MAKO to make YOUR invention product the next business success story?