Saturday, August 16, 2008

Fresh Ideas

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It's time for your weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas! Our latest issue is now online. Here's
a quick run-down of the promising new businesses featured on Springwise this week:

People dancing at a Paris airportFree dance lessons at Paris airports
Travel & tourism / Education

To keep tempers cool and spirits high this year, the Aeroports de
Paris implemented an unconventional plan: free dance lessons for

Logo for Elements restaurantCrowdsourced restaurant in D.C. taps local community
Food & beverage

Crafted by a "beta community" of some 400 participants, Elements
will serve raw and organic locally grown vegetarian food in an
environmentally sustainable way.

Dark blue "square shirt"Shirt sold out? Make it yourself
Fashion & beauty

Indie fashion label SANS took one of its iconic pieces and instead of
retiring it after the season was through, recycled it as a DIY project.
Now, customers can make their own.

Bottles of wine and a board gameDutch game combines wine tasting and tryvertising
Food & beverage / Marketing & advertising

Encouraging people to organize their own wine tasting parties,
4xProeven (Tastingx4) combines a board game with a four-pack of
red wine.

Girl wearing a Yakkay helmet From Copenhagen: stylish helmets for urban cyclists
Transportation / Style & design

Catering to design-conscious urban cyclists who'd rather not sacrifice
style for safety, a group of Danish designers created a bicycle
helmet with interchangeable covers.

Heat map by 3voor12Using phones, crowds create heat maps of hot gigs
Telecom & mobile

3VOOR12 is piloting a new heat-mapping system at this year's
Lowlands music festival. Festival-goers can rate concerts as they
happen, giving others a real-time map of the hottest gigs.

Vegetable gardenMore homegrown vegetables, without the sweat
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability

All that Your Backyard Farmer requires is a plot of land -- 10 x 10
square feet is the minimum for an individual or a family of two -- plus
six hours of direct sunlight a day and an outdoor water source.

Orange phone connected to a mouseOnline service cuts through phone menus
Telecom & mobile / Life hacks

Recognizing that nobody likes wading through lengthy phone menus
when calling their airline or gas company, a Canadian startup is
introducing a "Deep Dialing" service that cuts to the chase.

Drawing of a free bookOpen source approach to textbook publishing
Media & publishing / Education

Not only will students have free online access to expert-written, peer-
reviewed texts, but thanks to an open license, faculty members will
be able to customize books for their classes.

Menu on Lifebooker's websiteService finds & books discount spa treatments in NYC
Fashion & beauty / Marketing & advertising

Lifebooker is like a personal concierge that lets users search, browse
and book discounted appointments at the top health and beauty spots
in New York City.

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