Level 2 is a San Francisco based product development, invention, and incubation company with a strong concentration in solving global issues through technology, material science and manufacturing. It is our mission to create products and structures that are used and recycled in such ways that bring meaning and value to society and the environment.
The reality of good product development requires constant evaluation from design, engineering, and fabrication teams. Level 2 is unique in that we have incorporated all of these disciplines under one roof. Our approach allows you and your team the ease of dealing with one company for everything. Being vertically integrated means we are involved in every step of the process and have to produce the most efficient systems to maintain the profitability of both our clients and ourselves. The minute we start working on a product we are designing it to be the most efficient and sustainable possible. We have a saying here, “We make the things that make the things.” In other words we invent things by often inventing both the materials and the processes to build those things.
We are San Francisco’s original hardware incubator. We have been helping start-ups navigate the road from prototype to manufacturing for over two decades. Whether you are seeking to launch a product on a crowd-funding platform or just received seed capital for a product idea, we are here to help. We also invest in innovative products through our own venture capital fund. If you are an inventor with a disruptive idea we can match your idea with capital. If you are an accredited investor we can match your capital with innovations at their infancy.
In tandem with our extensive materials library we work with the latest design software to match modern feel with in depth 3D models. Our industrial design is managed in such a way that seamlessly transfers direct to engineering, eliminating the need to re-draw files which often becomes the case when sending renderings out of house.
Our team sources materials from all over the world. Many times our inventions come from the very knowledge of the material and its process for production. When we can’t find the material we are looking for we try to create it ourselves. As an L2 client you can reference and draw inspiration from this extensive materials library.
L2 houses everything under one roof including intellectual property attorneys. We can help inventors and corporate clients navigate a suitable IP strategy from simple “freedom to operate” issues to a comprehensive patent and trademark approach for product launch.
Our SF Lab is an Olympic training facility for your ideas. With 18,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing equipment we’re able to create working prototypes sometimes within hours. It is our daily interaction with computer design and hands-on fabrication that gives us the experience to operate this way.
Our clients include the largest retail and consumer brands in the world. In the last 15 years we have tackled several hundred diverse projects including unique trade show exhibits, custom art installations, architectural installations, visual merchandising, and in-store display systems.
We can help you position your product ideas and brand in unique ways. These services include audits of current brand offerings, unique product design, materials research, developing new products, brand strategy, as well as new pricing and distribution models.
Our vertically integrated system paired with our domestic manufacturing is ideal for crowd-funding campaigns. Our team can produce prototypes quickly but more importantly our in-house creative team can help develop your pitch and videos too. Level 2 can “Prototype, Pitch, Produce” all under one roof.
Our holistic approach to product manufacturing is very attractive to large corporate clients interested in auditing and developing a more sustainable supply chain. When it is time for a completely different perspective on your company operations give us a call.
We believe sustainable design starts with environmentally safe manufacturing techniques, something commonly ignored in overseas production. If there’s one underlying theme at Level 2, it is building products domestically. Overseas production costs continue to rise and the new “direct to consumer” economy requires products to be ready to distribute faster. We will produce your products here in the United States.
We design and build products for the largest companies in the world, but there’s a reason you haven’t heard of us. We do good work to make a difference, not to constantly seek awards, and press coverage. Our goal is to put our clients on TED stages, not ourselves. It is this lack of show-boating and respect of privacy that our clients are attracted to and the reason they keep coming back. As fellow inventors we respect the privacy of our clients and their ideas. Your ideas are safe under our watch.