YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS
27-02 April 2014
Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2014
We’ve selected 15 new business ideas that will provide
entrepreneurs with p...
The importance of our smartphones has
led to charging points being installed in a
number of outdoor places, from parasols
...
In big cities, congested roads mean that
public transport is the predominant mode
of travel and if residents need to take ...
For event organizers and promoters,
collecting an email address and a name
from each ticket buyer is good for future
marke...
The crowd can make or break a concert
— if they’re not having a good time then
the entire event can fall flat, and the bes...
Drones have recently been touted as an
option for businesses to more quickly
deliver products to consumers without
having ...
Regular readers of Springwise may
remember Unbox Love, the subscription
service that helps busy couples revive
their relat...
Plagiarism is a major concern for colleges
today, meaning when it comes to writing a
thesis or essay, college students can...
This is part of a series of articles that looks at
entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the
ground through crowdfun...
While wearable tech can often offer great
practical uses, consumers won’t go for it if
they think it looks silly — take th...
Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of
articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and
niche business ideas we...
The fashion industry has come under fire
for its increasing use of ultra-thin models,
which promote false ideals and don’t...
Caller ID has made it easier for both
businesses and consumers to make a
decision before they pick up the phone
since its ...
Nobody enjoys waiting in a queue, even if
it’s for something they really want. Apps
such as Qminder have provided a way fo...
Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world,
and it’s made more difficult when there’s a
gender imbalance in the city. In ...
Finding out information about a stylish
garment found in a photo or spotted on
the street can sometimes be a pain, and
whi...
What is Springwise?
Springwise scans the globe for the most promising, unique and innovative business
ventures, ideas and ...
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YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS

We’ve selected 15 new business ideas this week that will
provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration. Spotted from
countries all around the world, these ideas offer a taste of
what’s to come.

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  1. 1. YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS 27-02 April 2014
  2. 2. Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2014 We’ve selected 15 new business ideas that will provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration. Spotted from countries all around the world, these ideas offer a taste of what’s to come. YOUR WEEKLY FIX OF ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS 27-02 April 2014
  3. 3. The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. Read more about Wearable Solar » 1. High-end fashion items collect and store solar energy
  4. 4. In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one- person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. Read more about Mellowcabs » 2. In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads
  5. 5. For event organizers and promoters, collecting an email address and a name from each ticket buyer is good for future marketing, but not for really getting to know the community of people that are engaged by their shows and events. Aiming to put a face to the names of customers, the Selfie Ticket provides a more personal and fun way to create a unique admission ticket. Read more about the Selfie Ticket » 3. ‘Selfie Ticket’ puts a face to event attendees’ names
  6. 6. The crowd can make or break a concert — if they’re not having a good time then the entire event can fall flat, and the best performers can adjust their sets by reading the audience’s reaction. A piece of wearable tech called Lightwave now hopes to make this process easier, by delivering crowd engagement data to DJs in real time. Read more about Lightwave » 4. Smart wristband tells DJs if the audience is enjoying the show
  7. 7. Drones have recently been touted as an option for businesses to more quickly deliver products to consumers without having to send out a human driver, but the speed of the flying robots could have wide implications for healthcare. We’ve already seen Germany’s Defikopter project explore the possibility of getting defibrillators to heart attack victims before the paramedics even arrive, and now San Francisco’s QuiQui is set to offer 24/7 delivery of pills and prescriptions via drone. Read more about QuiQui » 5. In SF, pharmacy goods will be delivered in 15 mins via drone
  8. 8. Regular readers of Springwise may remember Unbox Love, the subscription service that helps busy couples revive their relationships with date ideas in a box. For those whose relationships are beyond repair, Japan’s Shitsuren Box — which translates as Break Up Box — aims to soothe recipients’ broken hearts while also supporting pregnant women in developing countries. Read more about Shitsuren BOX » 6. Break Up Box cures broken hearts while helping couples in needunit
  9. 9. Plagiarism is a major concern for colleges today, meaning when it comes to writing a thesis or essay, college students can often spend an inordinate amount of time ensuring their bibliographies are up to scratch, to the detriment of the quality of the actual writing. In the past, services such as ReadCube have made it easier to annotate and search online articles, and now Citelighter automatically generates a citation for any web resource, along with a number of tools to help students organize their research. Read more about Citelighter » 7. Broswer extension automates academic citations of online material
  10. 10. This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Wearable tech has for the most part been focused on fitness tracking, but that’s not the only way we can keep our bodies and minds healthy. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Sunsprite is a clip-on sensor that detects if wearers are getting enough sunlight. Read more about Guilty Pledgers » 8. Wearable device tells you when you need more sunlight
  11. 11. While wearable tech can often offer great practical uses, consumers won’t go for it if they think it looks silly — take the backlash against Google Glass, for example. Taking this into consideration, Cuff is a new collection of stylish jewelry products that come with a discreet and detachable Bluetooth module that, when pressed, lets friends and family know if wearers are in trouble. Read more about Moff » 9. Customizable jewelry range features a smart rape alarm
  12. 12. Weird Of The Week: This is part of a series of articles that looks at some of the most bizarre and niche business ideas we see here at Springwise. Eating is about more than just the taste of the food in our mouths, and the experience can be enhanced or tainted by a whole range of factors, from atmosphere and ambience to dining partner. NY-based artist Emilie Blatz has now created Lickestra to take advantage of just that, demonstrating ice cream that acts as a musical instrument when it’s licked. Read more about Lickestra » 10. Ice cream offers a musical accompaniment with each lick
  13. 13. The fashion industry has come under fire for its increasing use of ultra-thin models, which promote false ideals and don’t represent the body shape of the majority of consumers. In the past we’ve seen China’s Vancl Star app enable its own customers to model their clothes, and now London-based Anti-Agency is offering a roster of unusual, creative and punky models to give fashion campaigns a more ‘real’ edge. Read more about Anti-Agency » 11. A fashion agency for alternative models
  14. 14. Caller ID has made it easier for both businesses and consumers to make a decision before they pick up the phone since its implementation in the telecoms world, and we’ve even seen apps such as SayWhat provide subject lines for incoming calls. With today’s smartphones, the urge to check every notification is now one of the biggest timekillers, and new Android app called Mumble uses custom alerts to give more information about the type of text message they’ve received before they look at their device. Read more about Mumble » 12. Custom SMS notifications help users decide if they should bother checking their phone
  15. 15. Nobody enjoys waiting in a queue, even if it’s for something they really want. Apps such as Qminder have provided a way for businesses to avoid crowded waiting rooms or long lines of customers by providing them with smartphone notifications when their appointment or reservation is ready, and now another app called Shout wants to turn queues into a marketplace, where users can buy and sell spots in line for new games consoles or a table at no-reservation restaurants. Read more about Shout » 13. App lets users barter to jump queues
  16. 16. Dating isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it’s made more difficult when there’s a gender imbalance in the city. In New York City, there are 100,000 more women of dating age, and in San Francisco, there are 40,000 more men than women. To solve this problem, matchmaking service The Dating Ring is helping the two groups out by flying single New York women across the country for long distance dating. Read more about The Dating Ring » 14. Group dating service connects New Yorkers with San Franciscans
  17. 17. Finding out information about a stylish garment found in a photo or spotted on the street can sometimes be a pain, and while visual search — as used by apps like Snap Fashion — is getting better, it’s not always accurate. ASAP54 is an app that taps both the masses and fashion experts for clothing identification and personalized recommendations. Read more about ASAP54 » 15. Social fashion app crowdsources clothing ID and recommendations
  18. 18. What is Springwise? Springwise scans the globe for the most promising, unique and innovative business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation. Springwise headquarters is in close contact with more than 17,000 Springspotters in over 150 countries worldwide, who provide us with details of the latest innovations in their countries. These are compiled and assessed by our editorial team, and the best examples are published to provide entrepreneurial inspiration to our readers around the world! Springwise publishes a Daily and a Weekly newsletter, to which you can subscribe for free, they are sent to more than 170,000 people. Established in 2002, Springwise is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. © 2002-2014 SPRINGWISE FOLLOW SPRINGWISE

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