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 Springwise featured this week:
Online practice dispenses self-help physio advice
Lifestyle & leisure
Patients can often self-manage their recovery with the help of some
expert advice. That's the premise behind a new physiotherapy practice
that focuses purely on dispensing self-help guidance online.
More low-impact branding from Curb: snow tagging
Marketing & advertising
Curb -- the media agency that specializes in campaigns using natural
materials -- called to let us know that they’d added another novel
medium to their offerings: snow tagging.
Restaurant lets patrons reserve a specific table
Food & beverage
Madrid restaurant chain Wagaboo is following the lead of airlines
and theatres, allowing customers to pick and reserve a specific table
Mini loans in minutes
Technology makes the world move ever faster, and a British startup
aims to bring that velocity to the world of financing: Wonga offers tiny,
instant loans through online-only applications.
Touch-screen Coke machine for interactive vending
Food & beverage / Marketing & advertising
Developed in conjunction with Sapient, Samsung's uVending touch-
screen technology brings a whole new level of consumer interaction
to automatic vending.
Tuning into a personalized radio tribute
Lifestyle & leisure / Entertainment
Launched in November 2008 by two British radio presenters,
Fauxshow creates personalized radio shows that put a recipient in the
Media agency focuses on low-impact advertising
Marketing & advertising / Eco & sustainability
Curb creates branded sand sculptures of all sizes; burns patterns and
logos into wood using magnifying glasses; and offers a ‘logrow’
service to cut logos as big as 30m wide into turf.
High-five the panda to connect online
Lifestyle & leisure
After meeting and greeting in the real world, users who want to
connect online can whip out their Poken keyrings and 'high five' them
to exchange details by RFID.
Wind-energy mapping tool now covers the world
Eco & sustainability
When we last wrote about the FirstLook mapping tool for new-energy
entrepreneurs, it covered only the United States. Now, the wind-
mapping service has expanded to cover the whole world.
ING application for G1 phone points to nearest ATM
Financial services / Telecom & mobile
ING's Wegwijzer tool for finding ATMs is the (Google) phone equivalent
of asking a human for directions and having them point to what you're
looking for. No map-reading necessary.
Bixi brings urban bike-sharing to North America
Bixi follows the standard bike sharing principles: users take a bike
from a stand, ride it to where they want to go, and drop it at another
stand when they're done.
Music by Groove Armada, distribution by Bacardi
Entertainment / Marketing & advertising
Six weeks before Groove Armada will release their new EP through
traditional download stores, the first track appeared Bacardi B-Live,
where registered users can download it for free.
Blogger helps connect consumers and brands
Media & publishing / Marketing & advertising
Partner manufacturers will send samples of their latest products to
Brand Girl, who will review them on her blog, getting readers involved
through contests, giveaways, etc.
Favour-granting site helps friends help each other
People seeking a babysitter, job referral or help moving a couch, to
name just a few examples, can all use FriendlyFavor to ask for help,
as can people with favours to offer.
The nutritional low-down on fast-food restaurants
Food & beverage / Telecom & mobile
For each of the fast-food restaurants on Fatburgr, the site lists the
calories, fat, carbs and fibre content for each menu item, and users
can sort the list by any of those criteria.
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