End-to-End Invention Product Development, Design, Engineering, Prototyping, Patenting, Manufacturing, & Distribution for Inventors.
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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, Miami, Toronto, and soon Shanghai). 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 19 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 prototypes, 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.
FEATURED MAKO POSTS
Mako Design + Invent on the Third Season of Make48 Back in 2018, we were excited to hear that Mako Design + Invent received the opportunity to appear on National TV! As one of the leading and top product development firms in North America, it is extremely important...read more
Everyone at one point in their life was a child, with a dream to create. That is why MAKO was so thrilled to be invited on by Frito-Lay to work with these young inventors on the Dreamvention competition. Families are given the chance to work together using their...read more
When the children's toy home inventor Natalie Rebot came to us in back in 2016, we knew her product idea was brilliant and had huge potential. Her innovative idea was to create a more magical way of telling bedtime stories that would keep young children engaged by...read more
We're so excited to share that our client, Jonathan Schloo, a Toronto inventor, was just backed on CBC's Dragon's Den with a whopping $100,000 deal! His ingenious invention is something we should all have in our homes, and with the plan to sell the product in stores...read more
Recently Canadian Business named industrial design studio, MAKO as one of the prestigious 2018 Growth 500 list. Companies found themselves a spot on this list by growing their revenues by 799% between 2012 and 2017. Collectively these companies have employed 41,492...read more
Make48 - Spearheading Innovation in 48 Hours Just outside Baltimore, cameras descended on the state-of-the-art 4,500 square-foot, Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace for the filming of the third season of PBS’s Make48. When the sawdust had settled and the...read more
Each year Fast Company (FastCo) selects a handful of companies that are ranked as the world’s Most Innovative Companies of that year. This award honours leading enterprises and rising newcomers the exemplify the best in business and innovation. MAKO was nominated...read more
In the glow of the floor-to-ceiling ballistic blue foam pyramid at the Ryerson Sandbox DMZ, the Mako Student Innovation Award contestants excitedly discuss each other’s presentations. They await the decision of the eight judges who have been sequestered behind an...read more
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.
SOME OF OUR STARTUP / INVENTOR CLIENTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What types of products does MAKO Invent specialize in?
MAKO Invent specializes in a broad range of products, primarily in Consumer Products – Home ware, garden, tools, toys, consumer electronics, games, furniture, etc. With years of experience developing hundreds of products for home inventors and small product firms, our design and research team is well diversified in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, plastics, metals, wireless transmission, PCB chip boards, and textiles. We also have developed a wide array of partners, distributors, and factories across many product categories.
Why do you focus on Home Inventors and Small Business?
Simply put, we love the small-time inventor, and we have good reason… While all of the other development firms were scrambling to take a piece of the big-bucks from the large product corporations, we decided to go against the profit-driven grain and focus on the home-inventor with a small budget. Our philosophy was to streamline and simplify the product development process so that we could offer the same caliber of service for a fraction of the cost, and thus make it affordable for a regular person to get a product to market. At first, the competitors shrugged us off; however, what they didn’t realize is that 1) 40% of products are derived from home inventors, 2) Home inventors put way more thought into their product idea than a corporate employee, as it is something they truly and deeply care about, and 3) Regular people are the ones thinking of the best ideas because they are the ones who are identifying a real solution to a real problem in their own day to day lives… So, what happened when MAKO Invent took this route? Within a matter of only months, MAKO Invent saw explosive growth. A huge and unforeseen need was out there, and now that need had a realistic option available. By 2008, MAKO Invent became the largest invention development firm in North America catering to small business and home inventors, and we are quickly overtaking the US (it will just be a matter of time).
Can you help someone go from just an Idea all the way to Store Shelves?
Absolutely! That’s literally been our motto for over 15 years. Everything that we do here is intended to streamline the product development process so that literally anyone, from any walk of life, can turn their product idea into a successful business. We do all of the heavy lifting in the back end, so that you can focus, through our advice and guidance, on getting your product to market. Give us a call to learn more, it’s really quite amazing what we have developed over the years all to help inventors and startups.
I came across your site on the net, tell me more about your company.
We would love to show you everything about our company! As a quick re-cap, we are the largest physical product development services firm in Canada, and are well on our way in the US and England. We’ve been around since 1999 (how time flies), have developed literally hundreds of projects, have won a number of design and invention awards, have products in 71 countries and over 500 retail stores, have thousands of inventors on our Social Media platforms, and have creative think-tank product development shops right downtown Toronto Ontario, Austin Texas, and London England. Check out the many news articles on us too, we get written up all the time. The best thing you can do is just come in and see us, even if it requires a quick flight – Meet the actual team of designers and product strategists that will be the actual ones working on your project – They are unreal, and well known in the product development industry. And if you think this sounds expensive, it absolutely is not, for many reasons (see more FAQ below for more info on costs, etc.).
Do I get a Patent first, or Develop first?
MAKO works with many 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers to help protect our clients’ intellectual property. Most of our clients file a patent after they are at least part-way through product development, and usually after the prototype is complete. If you patented first, then made any changes in the development, you would then have to do a second patent, which might even be nullified due to the first one! Most of our clients file at the end of development so that they have their intellectual property protection stretched out as long as possible. In the mean-time, prior to filing, you can protect yourself in talking with a company such as ours through signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which basically is an agreement between two parties to keep discussions confidential.
Do you help with Patenting a Product?
We work with many amazing and cost-effective 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers. Since we have long-standing relationships with them, we are able to get substantially better pricing for our clients on patent work from them, and we know who is best suited for most specific product types. We want to ensure that your intellectual property is protected so that you have the best chance of success in the market. Since every product and business is unique. MAKO helps to ensure that the client’s business strategy, design, and patent strategy are aligned.
I'm on a limited budget, what does all of this COST?
This is the beauty of our business model – By bringing all development services in-house including research, design, prototyping, patenting, and sales/distribution, we have exponentially streamlined the development process. Simply put, our startups get to utilize world-class design on a shoestring budget. We also have spent years developing an unreal design philosophy called ‘Brilliantly Simple Design’. This design process ensures that we only develop what you need to succeed, without any unnecessary frills – And it also means that our designs look super clean, sexy, and modern (check them out on the ‘Our Work’ page), AND are simple and reliable to manufacture.
I'm interested and I would like to learn more. What is the first step?!
Contact us for a free consultation, like right away! If you’re sitting on something, the worst thing you can do is procrastinate – No matter what you decide to do with your idea, at least do something with it! We are always more than willing to talk through what you are looking to do, and advise you the best and most practical way of doing it. Even if you don’t want to use our services or even if we don’t think it is likely to work, we’re still happy to help where we can as we love anyone who is helping to bring inventions to the world.
If we want to go to Production, where do you manufacture?
We manufacture in North America, Europe and Asia, and many times a blend of two or more of those countries. We will work out a detailed strategy to determine, based on each product’s unique requirements, which is the best avenue for production. As often as we can, we like to keep manufacturing local – You would be surprised, due to increased efficiencies and modern Western processes, many times local manufacturing is a cost-effective option!
What’s with all of this Socially Responsible Business stuff at MAKO?
At MAKO, we believe in Inventing so deeply, that we do not consider ourselves a business – We consider ourselves a System for Developing and Spreading the Next Generation of Innovations, and doing so in the most efficient and effective way so that home inventors and small business have the best shot at getting to market. Beyond this, we believe that inventing is the most important element in driving Western civilization’s economy and wellbeing in the years to come (we know this is a bold statement, but hear us out!). Think about it: The booming growth of the US was not due to politics, finance, or wars, it was the result of revolutionary and consecutive inventions, one after another, in only a few generations. Electricity, Light Bulbs, Oil Refinement, Automobile, Radio, Television, Computers, Medical Care, the Internet – These were the pillars of our society’s growth, and in order to continue to be a global leader, we need to keep inventing, period. MAKO Invent is so committed to fostering innovation that, since 1999, we have re-invested every penny made back into the business in an effort to continually improve and grow our skillsets. When we started, we believed that by focusing on greater goals and not on the bottom line, that far greater success would result. Now that we have seen that motto lead to a very successful organization, we push it through every aspect of the company.
How do I spot a Licensing Company or Invention Submission Scam?
Unfortunately, there are groups out there that try to rip off inventors, and we can give you the 3 simple steps to ensure that you don’t become one of them:
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.
Don’t Be Shy, let’s chat!
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It’s extremely exciting to be revolutionizing the cindustry of industrial design and development. For each project we earn, we are given the responsibility of developing something amazing to disrupt and improve an entire product market segment for the client. Our goal, simply put, is to make our clients’ product businesses hugely successful.
Recent News Articles about MAKO Design + Invent
⋅ Entrepreneur Magazine: MAKO earns Top 100 Entrepreneurial Firms!
⋅ Venture Beat: Robert Herjavec, Google, & MAKO
⋅ Ryerson University: MAKO boosts
⋅ 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
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