It's time for your weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas! I really like the "retrofit idea", I saw a VW Thing the other day on the road, and thought to myself it would be good retrofit auto -- you could easily utilize as an elecric car [and it didn't have lots of 'power' accessories either]. The latest Springwise newsletter is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the business concepts featured in this edition:
Brick-and-mortar kiosks sell mobile content
Telecom & mobile / Retail
Although mobile content is something consumers can buy and down-load virtually anywhere, Chinese Duo Guo is banking on a different approach by selling content through kiosks in brick-and-mortar stores.
Converting standard Corollas into electric cars
Automotive / Eco & sustainability
Sähköautot–Nyt! is taking an innovative approach to getting more electric-powered vehicles on the road. Instead of building a new model from scratch, they'll retro-fit existing Toyota Corollas.
More cosmetics tryvertising by mail
Marketing & advertising / Fashion & beauty
Last year we wrote about a program through which women can sign up to receive beauty product samples to test out at home each month. A new, similar concept gives consumers even more choice.
Boosting suburban farming
Eco & sustainability / Homes & housing / Food & beverage
Australian Permablitz is a group that focuses on bringing sustainable, edible gardens to the suburban neighbourhoods around Melbourne, using team effort to speed up the process.
Book publisher for kids
Media & publishing
We've already written about companies that serve as book publishers for the masses, and now Tikatok has launched into beta a new service that brings the same opportunity to kids.
Import/export intelligence service
Marketing & advertising
Importers, manufacturers and retailers can benefit from an easy way to keep tabs on the shipping and receiving activities of their competitors and suppliers. Two new services offer instant access in real time.
Platform for healthcare 2.0
Lifestyle & leisure
Jay Parkinson MD has teamed up with Myca, a Canadian provider of health technology, to develop Hello Health, a technology platform that's designed to open intelligent channels between patients and doctors.
More eco-friendly bedding
Homes & housing / Eco & sustainability
Sleep Limited's line of eco sleep products features pure, unbleached cotton and 100 percent recycled polyester fiberfill made largely from recycled drink bottles.
Property tax advocates
Life hacks / Homes & housing / Financial services
Helping California property owners file for a reduction in property taxes, Prop8 targets consumers who are legally entitled to compensation but are unaware or too busy to claim it.
Adopt-a-designer program for crowdfunded fashion
Fashion & beauty
More crowdfunding! Supporters of participating fashion designers can buy shares in their work for EUR 14 in the hope of sharing in future profits.