Springwise for 11.5.2008 | This week's most joyful new business ideas

I can only say -- ain't new ideas great -- and Springwise always delivers. In our world of frenzy [and newly elected Presidents] and financial collapse, it's fun to see how others are handling the world around us. Enjoy!

Springwise newsletter | New business ideas for entrepreneurial minds

Baby in a high chairBaby-food bar serves up tryvertising for tykes
Food & beverage / Marketing & advertising

Fresh and frozen gourmet baby foods are taking off across the world.
A California company is taking the idea one step further with a
tasting bar that lets babies try before their parents buy.

A wedding taking place on a suspended platformSuspended from a crane, weddings with a view
Lifestyle & leisure

Wedding planners can add a new venue to their lists: a platform
suspended from a crane, seating up to 20 guests. If they're feeling
brave, the bride and groom can even bungee jump after saying "I do".

Three bottles of Volute wineSingle-serve wine touts portability (and eco-cred)
Food & beverage

Volute is pitching its product as the wine that can be drunk anywhere,
like a bottle of beer. Thanks to its aluminium packaging, that includes
no-glass zones like concerts, camping grounds and beaches.

Green and blue bath ball by LushLush sells discontinued products on demand
Fashion & beauty / Retail

Responding to customer demand, the cosmetics retailer has just
launched Retro Lush: an online and mail order-only service that gives
ardent fans their fix of long lost products.

Woman using her teeth to tear open packagingFrustration-free packaging
Retail / Eco & sustainability

Amazon is working with manufacturers to eliminate the causes of
Wrap Rage while also minimizing the impact of packaging on the
environment. Just in time for the holidays.

T-shirt printed with the text: "I like my president like I like my coffee"No more voting on DIY T-shirt site
Fashion & beauty / Retail

Threadless and many other T-shirt sellers operate as competitions,
relying on the crowds to determine which shirts get produced. New-
comer Yerzies was asked by its early users to adopt a different model.

A uWink display at a restaurantWhere food and tech meet for dinner | Update
Entertainment / Telecom & mobile

We first wrote about interactive restaurant uWink Bistro early last year.
Furthering the spread of its concept, uWink has now begun offering its
technologies to other restaurants.

Two women using a web camOnline speed dates as real reality television
Entertainment / Media & publishing

WooMe offers instant speed dates conducted via webcam. Recently,
the San Francisco-based company upped its game by inviting the
world to watch.

MuesliMore mixed-to-order muesli
Food & beverage

German venture MyMuesli, which sells mixed-to-order muesli online,
has been joined by [Me] & Goji in the US. Have-it-your-way is here to
stay! ;-)

Black bowlsA sustainable model for fair-trade goods
Retail / Non-profit & social cause

Fair-trade exporter CraftNetwork is focusing on long-term
sustainability with an approach that aims to make fair-trade goods
more competitive with other alternatives.

Young boy holding a tennis raquetMiniature tennis for pint-sized players
Lifestyle & leisure

Since tennis courts can be large and intimidating from a kid's
perspective, Drop Shots provides a miniaturized indoor tennis facility
with smaller courts on a carpeted surface.

Woman using touch table at InamoAt Inamo, fine dining with a touch of tech
Food & beverage

The impatient and hungry tech-heads of London have been given a
new treat with the launch of Inamo, a pan-Asian restaurant that
canned the traditional printed menu in favour of interactive ordering.

Illustration of a surprised-looking man using a laptopGreener driving with Fiat & Microsoft
Automotive / Eco & sustainability

Like Nike's partnership with Apple, Fiat and Microsoft's ecoDrive lets
users collect performance data while they're out, and analyse it when
they're back behind their computers.

Pink onesie on a clotheslineOne-stop-shop for used children's goods
Retail / Life hacks

While thrift stores tend to be hit-or-miss and online offerings are often
buried within the likes of Craigslist, a new classifieds site for moms
aggregates listings of children's items from across the web.

Illustration of a meeting roomMeeting space doubles as product testing ground
Marketing & advertising

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase is gearing up to launch a new
meeting space in Chicago that will not only host meetings but also
serve as a testing ground for future products


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