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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 favourites from a long list of innovative ideas:
  1. Graze — Healthy snacks, delivered by mail in serving sizes
  2. Geschmackslabor — Taste lab restaurant lets customers add flavour to their meals
  3. Honibe — Honey without the mess
  4. Catch a Piece of Maine — Adopt a Maine lobster trap
  5. Bin Ends — Wine tastings via Twitter
  6. Tcho — Next-gen chocolate makers
  7. Pink Flamingo Pizza — Balloon-enabled pizza picnic delivery
  8. WineSide — Wine by the trial-sized tube
  9. Morsels — Bakery focuses on bite-size treats
  10. Sonntagmorgen — A customized cup of joe

Bonus | And three more that we just had to squeeze in:

Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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 & publishing ideas:
  1. MagCloud — Magazine publishing for everyone & every niche
  2. Faber & Faber — Out-of-print books, printed on demand
  3. Flat World Knowledge — Open source approach to textbook publishing
  4. Blurb — Marketplace for book makers
  5. Kidmondo & BabyChapters — From online baby blogs to printed baby books
  6. HarperCollins — Publisher hopes crowds will spot next bestseller
  7. Relay & WWF — All-you-can-read digital magazines
  8. Random House — Selling books by the chapter
  9. Kluster — Crowdsourcing platform
  10. Offbeat Guides, Tripwolf, HSBC & Dorling KindersleyPersonalized travel guides
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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:
  1. vibrantBrains — Brain gyms for baby boomers
  2. Tikitag — Connecting online & off with RFID for the masses
  3. Hello Health — Platform for healthcare 2.0
  4. checkyourimage.com — Your very own focus group: personal image appraisals
  5. SavvyAuntie — Parenting site aimed at non-parents
  6. Drop Shots Tennis — Miniature tennis for pint-sized players
  7. After Work Parties, Granny Boots — Weeknight clubbing for the 9—5 crowd
  8. Sarah’s Smash Shack — Paying to break stuff at the smash shack
  9. SNIF Tag — RFID collar tag helps dog owners meet new friends
  10. Maggie & Rose, Cupcake — Members’ clubs for moms
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:
  1. Filippa K — Swedish fashion brand launches its own secondhand store
  2. Gerbola Vin — Wine selling & storytelling
  3. Fashionology LA — Retailer helps tweens make their own clothes
  4. Chocri — Custom-made chocolate bars
  5. HOJO — Health and wellness shop focuses on seniors
  6. Foodzie — An Etsy for artisanal food
  7. Lush — Lush brings back discontinued products on demand
  8. Naked Wines — Online farmers’ market for small wine producers
  9. BLANKbottle — Winery lets customers set prices
  10. Myfab — Furniture shopping with the crowds
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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:
  1. Yakkay — Stylish helmets for urban cyclists
  2. Transitional Sizes — Clothing rental for size-changing dieters
  3. Catwalk Genius — Adopt-a-designer program for crowdfunded fashion
  4. Sneakart — Customizing sneakers with removable stickers
  5. Stitsh — Click to buy: fashion blog is a street version of shopping mags
  6. Keds & Zazzle — Design your own Keds & sell them on Zazzle
  7. Tomboy Trades — Steel-toes and tool belts for women
  8. colorOn and Eye Majic — Press-on eye shadow kits
  9. Diesel & Roskilde — Limited-edition festival jeans
  10. Dondup — Bringing a dye back from the dead: luxury jeans tinted a long dormant blue
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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 product or service. Our 10 favourite life hack business ideas: concepts that help consumers save time, money or both:
  1. ModerNash — Niche delivery biz brings IKEA to Nashville
  2. Ticket to Mind — Gift-giving simplified through a prepaid plan
  3. Babyplays — Toy rental service
  4. Insinger de Beaufort — Private banking by shoebox
  5. Wigadoo — Event planning site helps friends split the costs
  6. Laundry Locker — Laundry service by the locker
  7. TrackMyShipments — Helping consumers track shipped packages
  8. Rypple — Professional feedback, instant and peer-to-peer
  9. WeightNags — Nagging service for dieters
  10. Figuring Out — Career sampling service
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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. Ten of our favourites:
  1. Ecovative — Instead of Styrofoam, fungus and rice hulls
  2. Wattson, HomeJoule, Ambient, AlertMe — Visualising energy use
  3. La Petite Reine — Cargo bikes for greener business deliveries in congested cities
  4. Green Homes Concierge — Green concierge reduces home’s carbon footprint
  5. Qurrent — Neighbourhood approach to renewable energy
  6. RoofRay — Using Google maps to determine a home’s solar potential
  7. Fiat, Microsoft and Honda — Feedback for greener driving
  8. Carrotmob — Crowd clout meets eco persuasion
  9. My Farm, Your Backyard Farmer — Homegrown veggies without the sweat
  10. Free Green — Free plans for eco homes
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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, experiential marketing and free love:
  1. Tennent’s Mutual — Prefunded, crowdmanaged music festival
  2. Matter — New spin on direct mail: a box of matter
  3. SOOPZ — Food blogger turned intermediary & purveyor
  4. Mindstorm’s iBar — Interactive touch bar combines drinks, ads & games
  5. IKEA — A nap hotel in a Stockholm mall
  6. Steelcase’s Workspring — Meeting space doubles as product testing ground
  7. Northland Professional — Billboards give away free love
  8. Pomme Bébé — Tasting bar for babies serves up tryvertising for tykes
  9. PlaceVine — Site connects advertisers with content producers
  10. Ecocabs — Pedal-powered taxis deliver free love
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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:
  1. Fonolo — Online service cuts through phone menus
  2. OpenMoko — Community designs phone, inside and out
  3. RovAir — Short-term mobile internet for travellers
  4. Ushahidi — Citizen journalism, from text message to map
  5. SMS Consumatori — Pricey zucchini? Italian government sends food prices by SMS
  6. Carbon Diem — Using phones to track carbon footprint
  7. CitySense — Nightlife mapping tool uses GPS to reveal hotspots
  8. Peek — $100 device is just for email
  9. Modu — Modular mobile phone can slip into new roles
  10. Bellendoejezo — Cell phone workshops by teenage teachers
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries. 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: tourism & travel.
  1. TripKick — SeatGuru for hotel rooms
  2. Offbeat Guides, Tripwolf, HSBC and Dorling KindersleyPersonalized travel guides
  3. CheckMeIn — Schedule online check-ins ahead of time
  4. Lisboa Sensorial — Blind guides take sighted people on sensorial walking tours
  5. Abilmo — Foldable hotel rooms pop up as needed
  6. adNav — Ad-supported GPS navigation
  7. SeeYourHotel — Hotel search tool that’s all about location
  8. Net-A-Porter & Soho House — Emergency wardrobe service for hotel guests
  9. Single Spot Camping — Peer-to-peer camping: renting out the backyard
  10. Miss Refund — Helping travellers reclaim taxes on flights not taken
Want more? Check out our picks for 10 industries.