Startup Journey to the Dragons Den

When Canadians execute on great product ideas they have an opportunity to pitch them on Dragons' Den. We have seen this first hand with over half a dozen clients making their way to face the Dragons' on CBC. And the majority have been successful! This fall, we are excited to see two more clients - Toddler Monitor and Rolling Desserts - pitch their hardware products on Dragons' Den. Both clients have gone through the entire product development process and are building on successful crowdfunding campaigns that exceeded their goals. Now entering volume […]
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New Medical Device Receives Health Canada Approval

Often the hardest part of medical product development, is not the tough technical challenges but the nail-biting wait for licensing and certification of your product. Luckily, for our client Joylux, the wait is over. Last week, Health Canada released their approval of Joylux’s vSculpt product as a licensed medical device. About vSculpt: vSculpt is the world's first over-the-counter handheld medical device utilizing LED (light-emitting diode) technology to help treat the millions of women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). Users can download a compatible mobile app to assist in […]
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Mom Turned Inventor of “myColdCup”

When engineer and mother Gwenda Lindhorst–Ko visited the Design 1st offices for the first time in 2009 she brought only herself and an idea. The idea was an invention that would solve the novel problem of keeping her child’s milk cold throughout the school day. The end result was “myColdCup” an innovative product guaranteed to keep milk cool for 5 + hours. Recently, Gwenda was featured on the television show “Backyard Inventors” – a video of her segment is included below.
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Rumidifer Lands Major Distribution Deals

Rumidifier, the brainchild of local Ottawa entrepreneur Jeri Rodrigs has recently landed several big distribution deals. The eco-friendly humidifier is now available across the country in major retailers including Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware and Costco. What started off as a product idea 3 years ago, has quickly morphed into a leading consumer product that is attracting a lot of attention. To learn more visit:
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Beer Chilling – Mechanical Innovations

All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy, so at the end of a long day of designing, prototyping and testing new product ideas, the team at Design 1st occasionally sit back and crack a few beers. But our curiosity does not end with the work day, so when considering ways of chilling a beer, we look beyond the time-honored combination of refrigeration and patience. Here is what we’ve found… Two mechanical engineers out of Gainesville, Florida have revolutionized the way to cool a beer can 20 times […]
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