Curt McMillan


Make48 co-creators Curt McMillan and Rich Brull are a dream team. The longtime friends and Kansas City natives have been collaborating for years now. Curt’s first official foray into product development was competing with Rich in the Staples Invention Quest. Drawing on his success as a national high school debate champion.

Inspired to keep inventing, Curt helped found the The Steel Table Group. Curt has been participating in the Maker movement for more than a decade. He is currently President of the Inventors Center of Kansas City, the largest association for inventors in the country as well as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. He formed Make48 in part because he wanted to help bridge the gap between those communities.

He envisions Make48 as a facilitator, a vehicle that will show people who are bright and creative and have good ideas the way. The competition is really a celebration of the magic he’s experienced working towards a prize, under a lot of pressure, with the encouragement of a talented teammate by his side.