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Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the new business ideas
that caught our attention this week:
Limited-edition, gadget-friendly jeans
Fashion & beauty
It's no longer uncommon to see bags and even jackets with pockets
for gadgets, but French WTFjeans are the first pants we've seen
designed specifically with gadget geeks in mind.
Guided travel for photographers
Tourism & travel
Founded by two professional photographers who were tired of tours
that took them to wonderful places but hurried them through the
sights, Photours offers specialist photography holidays.
Website encourages shoppers to preorder new gadgets
Retail / Life hacks
Doing their part to help tech-obsessed consumers be the first to get
their hands on the latest electronic gadgets, Preorder.It allows
customers to preorder the latest devices in advance.
Copy paper made from wheat straw
Eco & sustainability
Nature's Paper collects leftover wheat straw and converts it into a
paper pulp. The waste hull, meanwhile, is used to produce biofuel
that helps power the company's plant.
Crowdsourced cycling trips
Tourism & travel
Tour D'Afrique has set up a division called DreamTours which invites
consumers to pitch their dream cycling tour concept and engage with
fellow cyclists to bring the trip to fruition.
Masculine cupcakes for men
Food & beverage / Retail
A far cry from the pink and fluffy affairs that are typically embellished
with sprinkles and flowers, Butch Bakery's cupcakes aim to be the
place where "butch meets buttercream".
Global university extends the reach of higher education
University of the People is a non-profit venture -- supported by the
United Nations -- that embraces tech to bring higher education to
people who would not otherwise have access to it.
iPhone app helps claim refunds for Tube delays
Transportation / Telecom & mobile
The app is used to register where and when a delay occurred and
how long it lasted. Tube Refund then submits that information to the
London Underground, which generates a refund voucher for the user.
Design your own pet food
Lifestyle & leisure / Food & beverage
Inspired by the recent rash of pet food recalls and the increasing
incidence of food allergies in pets, RedMoon offers fully customizable
dry pet food based on a variety of meats, produce and supplements.
Custom notebooks feature your tweets or Facebook feed
Media & publishing
Now that social networks are a major part of many consumers' lives,
there's a growing need to bridge online and offline worlds. Famebook
and TweetNotebook embellish notebooks with personal online content.
Giving engine enables 'buy one, give one' generosity
Non-profit / Social cause
We've seen several "buy one, give one" programs, and recently we
happened upon a Singapore-based site that enables and supports
myriad such efforts at once through a transaction-based giving engine.
Furniture surface wirelessly charges mobile devices
Telecom & mobile / Homes & housing
Powerkiss's charging packages have already been integrated into a
meeting room table and a coffee table from Finnish Martela. Who will
join them in releasing customers from charging-cord shackles?
Liesbeth den Toom
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