Springwise | A boat load of new business ideas

Boy, is this a longer list than we normally see?  I think so, but why not, there's lots of opportunity out there.  In down times [like we are experiencing right now], it becomes much more important to understand your customer and market.  Which means understanding their wants, desires, goals, and even their fears - if only to be a better "partner" right now.

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Springwise newsletter | New business ideas for entrepreneurial minds

Chocri wrapper and chocolateCustom-made chocolate bars
Food & beverage / Retail

While candy bars with personalized labels are a dime a dozen, a
German startup offers a tastier kind of customization, letting
customers design their own chocolate.

Prototype jeans by NokoFor the first time, jeans to be made in North Korea
Fashion & beauty

Motivated by North Korea's isolation, a group of Swedes is attempting
to forge connections through a startup that will be the first to produce
jeans in North Korea and export them to the rest of the world.

Detail of screenshot of I Feel London's websiteNavigating London, Toronto and NYC by mood
Travel & tourism / Media & publishing

Guidebooks and recommendations are all very well, but there's little
point in discovering a new activity, restaurant or shop if you're not in
the right headspace to enjoy it. Enter mood-based maps.

Bale of strawPop-up cafe is a (straw) monument to sustainability
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability

Melbourne's Joost combines pop-up spaces and sustainable
innovation with a temporary cafe that's designed to demonstrate
creative ways to put sustainability into practice.

Honda dashboard, glowing blueHonda adds ambient feedback for greener driving
Automotive / Eco & sustainability

Instead of displaying potentially distracting numbers and statistics,
Honda's Eco Assist dashboard system gives feedback by changing

A personalized Tabbloid documentFrom RSS feeds, a personalized PDF magazine
Media & publishing

All the world may be available online, but the tangibility and portability
of print remains appealing. Which is where Tabbloid comes in, with a
service that converts RSS feeds into a printer-ready document.

Inside a Sample LabTokyo-based tryvertising lab expands globally
Retail / Marketing & advertising

Those who have watched with interest the rise of dedicated
tryvertising spaces in Asia now have an opportunity to jump into the
arena themselves: Sample Lab is seeking franchisees.

Nanyang Optical storeEyewear chain in Singapore goes green
Eco & sustainability / Retail

Singapore's Nanyang Optical retail chain has recently begun an
eco-conversion of its brand through which it will sell only eyewear
brands that are significantly green.

Hand holding a "3D" photoAnimated photo printing for everyone
Lifestyle & leisure

Bringing motion to 2D pictures and a new lease of life to a retro
technology, Snapily's new online business turns customers' pictures
into animated prints.

Christmas cookiesFree holiday love in Manila
Food & beverage / Marketing & advertising / Retail

If ever there was a time of year made for free love, it's the holiday
season. Apparently the same thought recently occurred to the Manila
locations of cafe chain Delifrance.

Green muppet with white hairMuppets made to order at FAO Schwarz

Capitalizing on the personalization trend, Muppets and FAO Schwartz
have teamed up to build the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. Customers
can build their own muppet at FAO Schwartz or online.

Baby bottle and laptop keyboardConcierge service for London's busy moms
Life hacks

As college students now have their own PA and concierge service,
along with expectant parents and the rest of us, it's no surprise to see
another niche being targeted: mothers.

Pink microphoneWeb-based, branded karaoke for the home

Popular London karaoke venue Lucky Voice recently expanded right
into consumers' living rooms, with a branded karaoke party-planning
website and equipment.

Mexican corn on the cob with cheeseMapping restaurants by photos of their dishes
Food & beverage / Travel & tourism

Eatbite/NYC is a new site that lets users browse through photos of
individual dishes at local restaurants to let their craving of the moment
dictate where they eat.

Laptop and serverInternet-in-a-box for areas without electricity
Non-profit, social cause

A new, solar-powered innovation from Florida-based GNUveau
Networks is bringing computers and the internet to places that have
no connectivity, no phone service and no electricity.


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