14 October 2009 | This week's most mysterious new business ideas

Springwise newsletter  New business ideas for entrepreneurial minds

Hi Arnie,

Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the 20 new business ideas that
caught our attention this week:

hipstery Mystery t-shirts are handpicked for customers
Retail / Fashion & beauty

Customers select a size and answer a series of questions about
themselves. The Hipstery runs the responses through their 'innovative
style algorithm' to find the right t-shirt. It's all about surprise.

kangogift Instant local gifts via text message
Telecom & mobile / Life hacks

As soon as gift-givers place their order, a text voucher for their
gift is delivered instantaneously to the recipient, who can then
redeem it as soon as they choose.

stackd Site helps office workers get to know neighbours
Life hacks

Currently in beta, Stackd was created by New York-based
Supermetric to enable its own neighbouring office workers to
get in touch, whether "for business or beers," as the site puts it.

hotprints Free photo books for Facebook and Bebo users
Media & publishing / Marketing & advertising

If Facebook users can conjure up real-world flowers, candy and
drinks from within the social network, then why not give them a
way to capture their fave images in a (free) real-world photo book?

starwarsuncut The crowd strikes back: fans remake Star Wars

People can sign up on Star Wars: Uncut to recreate the 1,313 fifteen-
second clips that make up the epic space film. Once all clips have
been submitted, the site's founder will stitch them together.

seeclickfix More neighbourhood problem-solving: SeeClickFix
Life hacks / Government

Empowering citizens to improve their communities, SeeClickFix
functions as a hub for residents to report and track non-emergency
issues with the aim of having them resolved.

dellopi Dell laptops, coming soon in nail-polish colours
Style & design

Just in time for the holidays, Dell Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops
will soon be available in colours including "I'm Not Really a
Waitress," "Strawberry Margarita" and "Kyoto Pearl."

bitcents New platform for micropayments to news publishers
Media & publishing

Instead of each publisher having its own subscription and payment
method, readers will be able pay once to access paid content from
all publishers working with bitcents.

txtstation In-stadium social media for baseball fans
Telecom & mobile / Marketing & advertising

Beginning this season, a Citi Field big screen will play host to an
SMS marketing system that presents a whole new way for sponsors
to interact with fans, and fans with each other.

cvim Investment account mimics other investors' trades
Financial services

Covestor Investment Management has created a new type of account
that lets investors follow the trades of the experts with their own
managed funds.

kymera Wave the magic wand to flip to the next channel
Style & design

Reimagined with inspiration from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter,
the boring old TV remote control can now be replaced with a far more
entertaining object.

secondporch Vacation homes, rented and traded with Facebook

Travel & tourism / Homes & housing

Aiming to capitalize on the trust shared among Facebook friends,
Shared Porch is an app that lets users list and rent vacation homes.

odacite Fresh skin care products, shipped straight from lab
Fashion & beauty

Los Angeles-based Odacité places manufacturing dates at the
forefront of its business, producing freshly-made organic skin care
products and leaving out preservatives.

shiplyGive a day to charity, get a day at Disney
Tourism & travel / Non-profit & social cause

Disney is working with HandsOn Network to highlight a variety of
volunteer opportunities with participating organizations across the
United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

twittertaxi Tweet to hail a green ride in London
Transportation / Telecom & mobile

Users send a direct message to @greentomatocars with their
booking details, receive a tweet back with a unique booking
reference, and wait for a Prius to pull up.

dimdom Toy rental comes to France
Life hacks

It's been more than a year since we featured the toy rental service
from Texas-based Babyplays, so we were pleased to see that a
similar concept has now been launched in Europe.

ecoatm An ATM for recycling consumer electronics
Eco & sustainability / Telecom & mobile

EcoATM is an automated reuse-and-recycle machine that makes
it easy and financially rewarding for consumers to offload their
abandoned electronics.

beehaus Urban beekeeping kit for honey lovers
Food & beverage / Homes & housing

From the makers of the Omlet chicken coop, the Beehaus comes
as a complete hive ready for colonization, with all the parts
necessary, including honey jars.

nycbigappsNYC challenges developers to create apps

Last week, we wrote about a San Francisco initiative that invites
developers to turn city data into useful tools. Not one to be bested,
Mayor Bloomberg just launched a similar concept in New York.

marketpublique Niche retailing: curated sellers of vintage fashion
Fashion & beauty / Retail

Amidst thousands of online clothing retailers, Market Publique has
found its niche. Based in Brooklyn, it aims to attract premium sellers
and buyers of vintage fashion.


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