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125: Pitching Your Invention to Big Product Businesses

May 11, 2022

With Dougal Grimes, VP Innovation at SpinMaster Toys

125: Pitching Your Invention to Big Product Businesses

Dougal Grimes is the Vice President of Innovation and Inventors Relations for SpinMaster Toys. He leads a team of people who review product pitches from inventors just like you. Before this, he worked for over 10 years as a leader in many different roles at Hasbro. Today Dougal is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can best pitch to large product brands like SpinMaster, and what you can do to best prepare for, deliver, and expand your product’s success with this type of partnership.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Developing the toy idea out
  • A great idea can come from anywhere
  • Big ideas come from the mass market, not in-house design teams
  • The process of meeting inventors is quite freeform
  • Pitching the idea well is important, and applies to all type of industries
  • Have a quick pitch, then a proof of concept physically, then prove feasibility of manufacturability, that it is safe, that it is viable, and possibly that it has intellectual property protection.
  • Look for toy fairs, conferences, reach out via LinkedIn, find the invention submission areas of the company.
  • Remember, a product pitch is a promotion.
  • Don’t lead with the technical aspects, lead with the features.
  • Remember, you are bringing a solution to a company when you pitch.
  • The inventors vision and passion can help push a product through to greater success even after a licensing deal is struck
  • Timelines for toy inventors getting to market


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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

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 designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, 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!