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2008 | This year’s top 10 food & beverage ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas spotted in the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009. The last of our 2008 selections features the most popular category on Springwise: food & beverage. Ten of our […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 media & publishing ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we’ve spotted over the last 12 months; smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration and opportunities in 2009! Featuring both startups and new concepts by established players, here’s our pick of media & […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 lifestyle & leisure ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we’ve spotted over the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009. Check out our 10 favourite lifestyle & leisure ideas: vibrantBrains — Brain gyms for baby boomers Tikitag — […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 retail ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we’ve spotted over the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities. Aiming to sell stuff to consumers in 2009? Be inspired by our 10 favourite (online and offline) retail concepts: Filippa […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 fashion & beauty ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we’ve spotted over the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009. Next up: our 10 favourite fashion & beauty ideas, each of which taps into a current consumer trend: […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 life hack business ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas we spotted over the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009, whether by partnering, bringing to a local market, or being inspired to add similar offerings to an existing […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 eco & sustainability ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas spotted in the last 12 months—smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009. Next up: eco & sustainability. It’s no surprise that the green sector continues to be a hotbed of innovation. […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 marketing & advertising ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas spotted in the last 12 months. We’re convinced that these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009! Next up: marketing & advertising. Trends that continue to push ahead in this arena? Tryvertising, […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 telecom & mobile ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas spotted in the last 12 months. We’re convinced that these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009! Here’s our pick from the telecom & mobile concepts we covered this year: Fonolo — […]

2008 | This year’s top 10 tourism & travel ideas

Add / Remove We’re deviating from our regular schedule to bring you the best new business ideas spotted in the last 12 months. We’re convinced that these smart concepts will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of opportunities in 2009: introduce them in other markets, or adopt/adapt certain elements, or partner with them. First up: […]

Retail space helps brands collaborate

Add / Remove We’ve written about brand spaces, pop-up stores and retail spaces for minipreneurs, but it wasn’t until recently that we came across a retail space that borrows a bit of each concept in its quest to foster collaboration among brands. That, however, is just what Urban Outfitters has done with Space 15 Twenty, […]

Santa calls friends and family for gift ideas

Add / Remove With less than 10 days remaining to C-Day, it’s a safe bet that countless shoppers around the globe are desperately racking their brains for last-minute gift ideas. Luckily, a team of elves at IamSaintNick.com are now on hand to help. Launched just in time for the holiday season, I Am Saint Nick […]

French cargo bikes embark on international expansion

Add / Remove When we covered La Petite Reine this past spring, it had already expanded beyond Paris to offer business deliveries by cargo bike in Bordeaux, Rouen and Dijon. Recently we learned that the company is in the process of expanding once again, this time beyond French borders. To recap our earlier story, La […]

Furniture shopping with the crowds

Add / Remove Crowd clout has already wreaked havoc on industries far and wide, and now it appears the home furnishings industry could be among the next to get transformed. French site Myfab.com lets consumers collectively tell manufacturers which furniture items they want produced and then purchase them direct at near-factory prices. Each week Paris-based […]

From 1950s pommel horses to 2008 gym bags

Add / Remove Recycled materials give any brand an eco-boost, but a new range of accessories shows that their consumer appeal stretches beyond those planet-saving properties. Fabricated from German gym equipment used in the 1950s, Zirkeltraining‘s bags, laptop cases and wallets stand out because of the material’s heritage, not its greenage. Zirkeltraining is German for […]

Hotel offers each guest a favourite book, on Kindle

Add / Remove When preparing for some shuteye in the city that never sleeps, one option is to settle down with a favourite book in New York’s Algonquin Hotel. Combining a long-standing literary tradition with one of the latest gadgets, the hotel is offering free loans of Amazon’s Kindle, pre-loaded with a book of the […]

Seattle-Tacoma Airport offers free electricity for plug-in cars

Add / Remove As if tax breaks, freedom from the pump and an emissions-free conscience weren’t enough to make a person want to drive an electric car, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is now doing its part to make the road even smoother for the plug-in vehicles by offering free charging in select parking spots in […]

From online baby blogs to printed baby books

Add / Remove Online and offline are no longer mutually exclusive realms, as we’ve already pointed out in numerous examples. The latest illustration comes from the world of online baby journals, where purveyors are increasingly beginning to offer print versions as well. To wit: Kidmondo, which we covered this summer, has since added a print […]

A personalized landing page for every customer

Add / Remove While most direct marketing efforts invite consumers to reply by mail, a full 42 percent of interested recipients prefer to respond online, according to a recent study by the Direct Marketing Association. Rather than send those consumers to a generic landing page—where the likelihood they’ll stay diminishes with every click—new technology from […]

Online farmers’ market for small wine producers

Add / Remove Earlier this year we wrote about Crop to Cup, an online venture that uses product life stories to connect coffee drinkers with small African farmers who produce the beans they love. Now a UK-based startup aims to do much the same thing for wine with an online community that profiles and supports […]