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Top 100 New Ventures Trends of 2014

From Feline-Focused Coffee Shops to Solar Bench Chargers

— January 11, 2015 — Business
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.
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Indian Food Ingredient Deliveries
Indian Food Ingredient Deliveries
Saffron Fix Will Deliver Ingredients for Indian Meals to Homes
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98
Infant DJ Schools
Infant DJ Schools
Brooklyn's Baby DJ School Introduces Kids to Sophisticated Music Early
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97
Outsourced Prototype Printing
Outsourced Prototype Printing
The Fictiv Platform Leverages Idle 3D Printers to Make Your Hardware
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96
Live Local Newsfeeds
Live Local Newsfeeds
The Davai App is a Social Platform Startup Focusing on Meaningful Events
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95
Backup Charger Subscriptions
Backup Charger Subscriptions
Doblet Hopes to Place Portable Battery Packs in Popular Restaurants
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94
Female Taxi Services
Female Taxi Services
The SheRides Service Allows You to Choose a Lady Driver
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93
Accessible Gardening Packets
Accessible Gardening Packets
SeedTabs Make Gardening as Easy as Drinking Coffee
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92
Branded Startup Labs
Branded Startup Labs
The Coca-Cola Founders Program is a Corporate-Sponsored Business Incubator
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91
Workplace Fitness Startups
Workplace Fitness Startups
MOVABLE Promotes Healthy Lifestyles to Increase Employee Well-Being
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90
Unused Clothing Rental Services
Unused Clothing Rental Services
StyLend Turns Anyone's Closet into a Clothing Rental Service
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89
Babysitting Matchmaker Websites
Babysitting Matchmaker Websites
UrbanSitter is a Helpful Tool for Parents and Young Self-Starters
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88
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Crowdlaunch.it as a Platform Specializes in Almost Finished Projects
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87
Visual Social Search Engines
Visual Social Search Engines
The Jelly Visual Search Engine Has Heart
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86
Hotel-Like Jets
Hotel-Like Jets
The Four Seasons Jet Brings the Company's Luxury Service to the Air
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85
Facial Recognition Doorbells
Facial Recognition Doorbells
The Chui Offers Revolutionary Secure Access to One's Home
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84
Wearable Tech Innovation Conferences
Wearable Tech Innovation Conferences
The WEST Conference Featured Sports & Entertainment Wearables
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83
Kid Lift Apps
Kid Lift Apps
This Child Transportation Service Gets Your Kids Home Safe When You Can't Be There
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82
Human ATM Services
Human ATM Services
Nimbl is a Mobile App That Offers On-Demand Cash Delivered by Human Helpers
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81
Ultrasound-Inspired Tablets
Ultrasound-Inspired Tablets
Snapdragon Converts Ink Drawings into Virtual Real Time Designs
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80
Bike-Powered Coffee Carts
Bike-Powered Coffee Carts
The Sustainable and Affordable Wheely's Cafe Can Take on Starbucks
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79
Low-Rent Innovation Labs
Low-Rent Innovation Labs
Venture House Will Turn a Foreclosed Property Into a Startup Incubator
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78
Online Educational Communities
Online Educational Communities
OneClass is a Startup Focused on Getting Students Better Grades
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77
Branded Innovation Labs
Branded Innovation Labs
Cole Haan Collaborated with Flavorpill to Inspire Idea Generation
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76
Community Pizza Shops
Community Pizza Shops
Michael Lastoria Discusses &Pizza; For the Millennial Entrepreneur Forum
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75
Solar Bench Chargers
Solar Bench Chargers
These Boston Benches by Soofa Charge Your Tech Devices Using the Sun's Energy
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74
Staff-less Java Houses
Staff-less Java Houses
The Vault is a Self-Serve Coffee Shop That Relies On the Honor System
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73
Evolving Eateries
Evolving Eateries
This Pop Up Dining Service is in a Different Place Every Night With a New Menu
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72
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search For the Products You Want in The First-Ever Google Store
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71
Crowdsourced Social Courier Platforms
Crowdsourced Social Courier Platforms
Muber is a Peer-to-Peer Package Delivery Service
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70
Social Media Wedding Services
Social Media Wedding Services
W Hotels Will Provide a Social Media Wedding Concierge for $3,000
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69
At-Home Call Center Platforms
At-Home Call Center Platforms
Kallfly's Call Center Service Platform Can Be Operated from Home
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68
Chinese Second-Hand Stores
Chinese Second-Hand Stores
Trash & Diamond is a Carefully Curated Thrift Shop in Beijing
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67
Recreated Restaurant Recipes
Recreated Restaurant Recipes
Forage Delivers Prepped Ingredients So You Can Cook Quick Meals
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66
Interactive Entrepreneurial Business Hubs
Interactive Entrepreneurial Business Hubs
The SXSW Startup Village Brings New Age Entrepreneurship
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65
Beer Delivery Services
Beer Delivery Services
Steam Whistle Now Has a Free Home Delivery Option for Torontonians
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64
Eco Food-Flavored Coffees
Eco Food-Flavored Coffees
The K-Cup by Crazy Cups Provide Indulgently Surprising Flavors
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63
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Parcel Tailors Package Deliveries to Shoppers' Schedules
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62
Space-Matchmaking Websites
Space-Matchmaking Websites
Spacified Connects Stores with Unused Retail Space
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61
Augmented Reality Reward Services
Augmented Reality Reward Services
Dippin' Dots Loyalty Program Designs Ice Cream for the Future
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60
Organic Infant-Specific Caterers
Organic Infant-Specific Caterers
Fresh Baby Bites Provides Local & Delicious Baby Food
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59
Crisp Clean Summery Beverages
Crisp Clean Summery Beverages
The Höpt Soda Drink Range is Delicious and a Healthy Alternative
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58
Bathroom Traffic Lights
Bathroom Traffic Lights
Tooshlights Want to Decrease Public Bathroom Wait Times
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57
Karaoke Convenience Stores
Karaoke Convenience Stores
A One-Off Family Mart Store in Tokyo Will Let Patrons Shop and Sing
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56
Meat Subscription Boxes
Meat Subscription Boxes
AgLocal Delivers Pasture-Raised Meats from Family Farms to Homes
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55
Muesli Delivery Services
Muesli Delivery Services
Yousli Lets You Customize Museli Bowls and Get Breakfast Delivered
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54
Ice-Free Cocktail Bars
Ice-Free Cocktail Bars
London's White Lyan is a Unique Cocktail Bar Without Any Preservatives
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53
Oversized Cone Speakers
Oversized Cone Speakers
The Cone Music Player Makes Listening to Your Favorite Tunes Interactive
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52
Sign Language Eateries
Sign Language Eateries
Signs Restaurant in Toronto is Meant to Create Jobs for Deaf Individuals
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51
Luxurious Location Rentals
Luxurious Location Rentals
This Airbnb Style Event Space Rental Platform Focuses on Unique Venues
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50
Psychedelic Print Decor
Psychedelic Print Decor
The Eskayel Playland Capsule Collection Boasts Kaleidoscopic Motifs
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49
Banking Assistant Apps
Banking Assistant Apps
The Kasisto Virtual Personal Assistant is Intelligent and Simple to Use
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48
Collaborative Soda Shoes
Collaborative Soda Shoes
Pepsi Branches into Fashion with a Team-Up with Del Toro Footwear
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47
Crowdsourced Home Cooked Meals
Crowdsourced Home Cooked Meals
Eatro Allows People to Monetize Their Own Homemade Food
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46
Precocious Food Delivery Services
Precocious Food Delivery Services
The Fluc Delivery Service Takes Food Orders 365 Days in Advance
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45
Ocean Cleanup Concepts
Ocean Cleanup Concepts
The Ocean Cleanup Concept Could Eliminate the Oceanic Garbage Patch
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44
Completely Customizable Hotel Beds
Completely Customizable Hotel Beds
The Four Seasons Bed Can Be Tailored to a Guest's Preferences
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43
Energy Drink Coffee Beverages
Energy Drink Coffee Beverages
The RealBeanz Coffee-Flavored Beverages Amplify Productivity
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42
Cyclist-Focused Cafes
Cyclist-Focused Cafes
Cafe Velo is for Those on Wheels
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41
Task-Outsourcing Sites
Task-Outsourcing Sites
Tech Job Site 199Jobs Helps You Complete Tasks for Just a Few Dollars
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40
Virtual Custom Tattoo Services
Virtual Custom Tattoo Services
Lee Roller Targets Consumers Looking for One-of-a-Kind Body Art
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39
Shoppable Instagram Accounts
Shoppable Instagram Accounts
Vogue Instagram Sends Followers Links to Purchase Liked Items
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38
Negotiable Payment Cafes
Negotiable Payment Cafes
The UK is Offering Its First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe
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37
Hi-Tech Sandwich Carts
Hi-Tech Sandwich Carts
The Melt's SmartBox is Like an Oven on Wheels to Keep Grilled Cheese Hot
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36
Anonymous Business Cards
Anonymous Business Cards
Mailcard Offers a New Way to Keep Your Contact Information Private
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35
Creative Crowdfunding Campaigns
Creative Crowdfunding Campaigns
The Makers of 'Ned Rifle' Used Creative Perks to Attract Support
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34
Contemporary Dollhouse Toys
Contemporary Dollhouse Toys
Krista Peel's Unique Dollhouse Reinvents a Traditional Design
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33
Procrastination Penalty Platforms
Procrastination Penalty Platforms
This Goal Motivation Site Makes You Pay If You Miss Due Dates
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32
Discount Food Delivery Programs
Discount Food Delivery Programs
The Munchery Plus Plan Aims to Cut Courier Fees for Meals
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31
Startup Title Spoofs
Startup Title Spoofs
The Silicon Valley Job Title Generator Parodies Entrepreneurial Roles
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30
Pre-Work Dance Parties
Pre-Work Dance Parties
Kickstart Your Workday by Partying Early in the Morning
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29
LED Lettuce Operations
LED Lettuce Operations
The Mirai Co. Lettuce Farm Uses Special Lighting to Optimize Plant Growth
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28
Suntan Heart Sandals
Suntan Heart Sandals
Abi Smithson's Cute Summer Sandal Design Makes Tan Lines Attractive
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27
Mysterious Crowdfunding Campaigns
Mysterious Crowdfunding Campaigns
Jordan Bishop's Product Launch on Crowdtilt is for the Unknown
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26
Japanese Candy Deliveries
Japanese Candy Deliveries
Japan Crate Ships Subscription Mystery Boxes of Asian Sweets Every Month
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25
Hi-Tech Coffee Chains
Hi-Tech Coffee Chains
A Concept Tim Hortons Store Proposes a Hi-Tech New Design and Coffee Beer
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24
High-Tech Golf Startups
High-Tech Golf Startups
The Arccos Golf Startup's Products Are Now Being Sold in Apple Stores
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23
World Travel Start-Ups
World Travel Start-Ups
Remote Year Helps People Find Work as They Explore the Globe for a Year
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22
Printed Photo Subscriptions
Printed Photo Subscriptions
Timeshel's Picture Printing Service Helps You Document Every Moment
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21
Specialized Chocolate Shops
Specialized Chocolate Shops
The Kit Kat Chocolatory is the First Store of Its Kind in the World
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20
In-Mall Car Showrooms
In-Mall Car Showrooms
Pennsylvania's Cherry Hill Mall is a New Place to Test Drive a Car
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19
Social Media Mentoring
Social Media Mentoring
Guy Kawasaki's New Social Media Book Hinges Success on Virtual Presence
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18
Educational 3D Printing Startups
Educational 3D Printing Startups
This New Venture Wants to Bring 3D Printed Robotics to Schools
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17
Styling Cocktail Bars
Styling Cocktail Bars
Her Majesty's Pleasure is a Three-in-One Hotspot for Ladies
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16
Sustainable Supermarkets
Sustainable Supermarkets
Original Unverpackt Aims to Become Germany's First Waste-Free Supermarket
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15
Hybrid Laundromat Cafes
Hybrid Laundromat Cafes
This Hybrid Space Allows You to Enjoy a Latte as You Do Your Laundry
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14
Snacking Subscription Boxes
Snacking Subscription Boxes
General Mills' Nibblr Subscription Box Delivers Small Healthy Snacks
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13
Marijuana Food Trucks
Marijuana Food Trucks
The Samich by MagicalButter Serves THC-Infused Sandwiches
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12
Mobile Nail Salons
Mobile Nail Salons
La Lacquerie is a Mobile Nail Salon That Caters to Women on the Go
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11
Shuttle Bus Workouts
Shuttle Bus Workouts
The Mobile Gym Brings the Workout to You
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10
Effortless Branding Apps
Effortless Branding Apps
Makr by Ellen Johnston is Geared Towards Creative Entrepreneurs
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9
Hybrid E-Commerce Shops
Hybrid E-Commerce Shops
Sneakerboy Melbourne's Online Physical Store Has You Try, Then Buy Via Web
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8
Pay-Per-Minute Coffee Shops
Pay-Per-Minute Coffee Shops
The Ziferblat Cafe Offers Unlimited Drinks, Snacks and Wifi
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7
Dapper Tech Accessories
Dapper Tech Accessories
These Leather Laptop Bags From Germanmade Mix Style with Function
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6
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
My Crazy Pop Shop in Paris Specializes in Gourmet Popcorn
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5
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
The Aime Leon Dore Clothing Line is a High End Take on Urban Apparel
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4
Hipster Crafty Wooden Bicycles
Hipster Crafty Wooden Bicycles
The New AnalogOne.One Wooden Bicycle is Stunning and Artsy
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3
3D Printing Cafes
3D Printing Cafes
The MakersCafe Coffee Shop Design Offers Customers a 3D Dining Experience
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2
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Citizenry in Toronto is Redefining the World of Cafes
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1
Fresh Food Vending Machines
Fresh Food Vending Machines
The Vending Machine Farmer's Market Makes it Easy to Eat Well
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