From Feline-Focused Coffee Shops to Solar Bench Chargers

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 11, 2015
These 2014 new venture trends show the entrepreneurial spirit is well and alive, with new and niche business ideas cropping up constantly. Crowdfunding was bigger than ever, with no shortage of successfully financed Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns. Innovation labs are also nurturing budding business people and churning out impressive results.

As unemployment is a concern for many around the globe, young people are deciding more and more to work for themselves. This can be seen in unique lifestyle-based businesses, such as Japanese candy deliveries or ice-free cocktail bars. Others combine two concepts to create a new startup, like boutique cafe hybrids and search engine retail stores. Subscription services also exploded this year, delivering everything from back-up phone chargers to smartphone photo printing services.

For more 2014 new venture trends, Trend Hunter's new venture report offers in-depth analysis on the future of startups and fresh business ideas.