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Ty Hagler

Ty Hagler is an accomplished speaker, writer, designer, and entrepreneur.  As Principal of Trig, he leads an award-winning innovation, design, and marketing consulting firm that is built upon a sustainable values-driven culture.

Ty Hagler, Principal at Trig

Name: Ty Hagler

Title: Principal

Education: Georgia Tech (Industrial Design), NC State (MBA/Innovation Management, Marketing)

Skill Arsenal: Innovation Consulting, Industrial Design, Brand IdentityCustomer Research, Early-Stage Startups, Flatwater Kayaking

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Biography: As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, I have managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification through to commercialization.  I was an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an Olympic Job Opportunities Program sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then lead the portfolio of internal new product programs.  While at Home Depot, I was exposed to many leading product development firms like IDEO and HLB, which inspired the early business model for Trig.   The model was further refined during my graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms.

 Trig is an award-winning innovation consulting, product design, and marketing firm that offers comprehensive insight-to-commercialization services for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States.  Based in Chapel Hill, the 10-person Trig® team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Richmond, Virginia.

Conventional wisdom of working with design firms says that we need to all be in the room together; Trig challenges that convention through our investment in digital collaboration tools and methodologies that drive a more efficient and effective process.  As a fully digital company, we have built a global network of rapid prototype shops, machine shops, and contract manufacturing vendors to provide excellent quality solutions to handle the variety of client projects that frequent a new product development consulting firm.


2017 Growing With Purpose Podcast    Episode 6. Ty Hagler

2017 NC State Alumni Magazine             Merging Form and Function


Speaking Engagements

2017 Innovate Carolina        Digital Ideation and Provisional Patents: Risks and Rewards of Accelerating the Fuzzy Front End

2017 Innovators Meetup      Virtual Ideation: Activating Customer Insights into Testable Concept Prototypes

2016 FFVC                                Finding Traction

2016 Trig Webinar                 Digital Ideation for Product Managers

2015 Coulter College             Brainstorming and Ideation

2013 Innovate Carolina         Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Building a Speed-to-Market Product Development Process



2017                             International Design Excellence Award – Sunscreenr

2016                             International Design Excellence Award – 410 Medical

2016                             International Design Excellence Award – ALTR ERGO

2012                             RESI Award – SimpliciKey Remote Control Electronic Deadbolt

2011                             PDMA Graduate Student Competition - $8,000 Award for Fluency Assistant Medical Device

2010                             designSPARK Award – SimpliciKey Remote Control Electronic Deadbolt

2005                             USA Canoe/Kayak World Championships Team Member – Zagreb, Croatia

2004                             The Home Depot Olympic Job Opportunities Program Athlete

2003                             USA Canoe/Kayak World Championships Team Member – Georgia, USA




Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA       B.S.     2003    Industrial Design

NC State University – College of Management     MBA   2011    Innovation, Marketing



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