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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
Branded Startup Labs
Branded Startup Labs
The Coca-Cola Founders Program is a Corporate-Sponsored Business Incubator
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92
Workplace Fitness Startups
Workplace Fitness Startups
MOVABLE Promotes Healthy Lifestyles to Increase Employee Well-Being
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91
Unused Clothing Rental Services
Unused Clothing Rental Services
StyLend Turns Anyone's Closet into a Clothing Rental Service
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90
Babysitting Matchmaker Websites
Babysitting Matchmaker Websites
UrbanSitter is a Helpful Tool for Parents and Young Self-Starters
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89
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Crowdlaunch.it as a Platform Specializes in Almost Finished Projects
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88
Accessible Gardening Packets
Accessible Gardening Packets
SeedTabs Make Gardening as Easy as Drinking Coffee
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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
Wearable Tech Innovation Conferences
Wearable Tech Innovation Conferences
The WEST Conference Featured Sports & Entertainment Wearables
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84
Facial Recognition Doorbells
Facial Recognition Doorbells
The Chui Offers Revolutionary Secure Access to One's Home
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83
Ultrasound-Inspired Tablets
Ultrasound-Inspired Tablets
Snapdragon Converts Ink Drawings into Virtual Real Time Designs
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82
Low-Rent Innovation Labs
Low-Rent Innovation Labs
Venture House Will Turn a Foreclosed Property Into a Startup Incubator
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81
Human ATM Services
Human ATM Services
Nimbl is a Mobile App That Offers On-Demand Cash Delivered by Human Helpers
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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
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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78
Branded Innovation Labs
Branded Innovation Labs
Cole Haan Collaborated with Flavorpill to Inspire Idea Generation
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77
Online Educational Communities
Online Educational Communities
OneClass is a Startup Focused on Getting Students Better Grades
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76
Evolving Eateries
Evolving Eateries
This Pop Up Dining Service is in a Different Place Every Night With a New Menu
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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
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search Engine Retail Stores
Search For the Products You Want in The First-Ever Google Store
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73
Community Pizza Shops
Community Pizza Shops
Michael Lastoria Discusses &Pizza; For the Millennial Entrepreneur Forum
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72
Social Media Wedding Services
Social Media Wedding Services
W Hotels Will Provide a Social Media Wedding Concierge for $3,000
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71
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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70
Interactive Entrepreneurial Business Hubs
Interactive Entrepreneurial Business Hubs
The SXSW Startup Village Brings New Age Entrepreneurship
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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
Crowdsourced Social Courier Platforms
Crowdsourced Social Courier Platforms
Muber is a Peer-to-Peer Package Delivery Service
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67
Chinese Second-Hand Stores
Chinese Second-Hand Stores
Trash & Diamond is a Carefully Curated Thrift Shop in Beijing
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66
Beer Delivery Services
Beer Delivery Services
Steam Whistle Now Has a Free Home Delivery Option for Torontonians
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65
Recreated Restaurant Recipes
Recreated Restaurant Recipes
Forage Delivers Prepped Ingredients So You Can Cook Quick Meals
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64
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Consumer-Friendly Delivery Services
Parcel Tailors Package Deliveries to Shoppers' Schedules
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63
Eco Food-Flavored Coffees
Eco Food-Flavored Coffees
The K-Cup by Crazy Cups Provide Indulgently Surprising Flavors
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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
Ice-Free Cocktail Bars
Ice-Free Cocktail Bars
London's White Lyan is a Unique Cocktail Bar Without Any Preservatives
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56
Muesli Delivery Services
Muesli Delivery Services
Yousli Lets You Customize Museli Bowls and Get Breakfast Delivered
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55
Meat Subscription Boxes
Meat Subscription Boxes
AgLocal Delivers Pasture-Raised Meats from Family Farms to Homes
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54
Karaoke Convenience Stores
Karaoke Convenience Stores
A One-Off Family Mart Store in Tokyo Will Let Patrons Shop and Sing
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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
Psychedelic Print Decor
Psychedelic Print Decor
The Eskayel Playland Capsule Collection Boasts Kaleidoscopic Motifs
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50
Luxurious Location Rentals
Luxurious Location Rentals
This Airbnb Style Event Space Rental Platform Focuses on Unique Venues
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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
Precocious Food Delivery Services
Precocious Food Delivery Services
The Fluc Delivery Service Takes Food Orders 365 Days in Advance
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46
Crowdsourced Home Cooked Meals
Crowdsourced Home Cooked Meals
Eatro Allows People to Monetize Their Own Homemade Food
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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
Task-Outsourcing Sites
Task-Outsourcing Sites
Tech Job Site 199Jobs Helps You Complete Tasks for Just a Few Dollars
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41
Virtual Custom Tattoo Services
Virtual Custom Tattoo Services
Lee Roller Targets Consumers Looking for One-of-a-Kind Body Art
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40
Shoppable Instagram Accounts
Shoppable Instagram Accounts
Vogue Instagram Sends Followers Links to Purchase Liked Items
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39
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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38
Anonymous Business Cards
Anonymous Business Cards
Mailcard Offers a New Way to Keep Your Contact Information Private
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37
Negotiable Payment Cafes
Negotiable Payment Cafes
The UK is Offering Its First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe
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36
Creative Crowdfunding Campaigns
Creative Crowdfunding Campaigns
The Makers of 'Ned Rifle' Used Creative Perks to Attract Support
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35
Procrastination Penalty Platforms
Procrastination Penalty Platforms
This Goal Motivation Site Makes You Pay If You Miss Due Dates
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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
Cyclist-Focused Cafes
Cyclist-Focused Cafes
Cafe Velo is for Those on Wheels
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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
Mysterious Crowdfunding Campaigns
Mysterious Crowdfunding Campaigns
Jordan Bishop's Product Launch on Crowdtilt is for the Unknown
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27
Suntan Heart Sandals
Suntan Heart Sandals
Abi Smithson's Cute Summer Sandal Design Makes Tan Lines Attractive
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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
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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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
Printed Photo Subscriptions
Printed Photo Subscriptions
Timeshel's Picture Printing Service Helps You Document Every Moment
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22
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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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
Social Media Mentoring
Social Media Mentoring
Guy Kawasaki's New Social Media Book Hinges Success on Virtual Presence
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19
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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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
Snacking Subscription Boxes
Snacking Subscription Boxes
General Mills' Nibblr Subscription Box Delivers Small Healthy Snacks
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14
Hybrid Laundromat Cafes
Hybrid Laundromat Cafes
This Hybrid Space Allows You to Enjoy a Latte as You Do Your Laundry
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13
Marijuana Food Trucks
Marijuana Food Trucks
The Samich by MagicalButter Serves THC-Infused Sandwiches
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12
Effortless Branding Apps
Effortless Branding Apps
Makr by Ellen Johnston is Geared Towards Creative Entrepreneurs
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11
Mobile Nail Salons
Mobile Nail Salons
La Lacquerie is a Mobile Nail Salon That Caters to Women on the Go
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10
Shuttle Bus Workouts
Shuttle Bus Workouts
The Mobile Gym Brings the Workout to You
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9
Dapper Tech Accessories
Dapper Tech Accessories
These Leather Laptop Bags From Germanmade Mix Style with Function
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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
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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6
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
Glamorous Streetwear Couture
The Aime Leon Dore Clothing Line is a High End Take on Urban Apparel
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5
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
Gourmet Popcorn Shops
My Crazy Pop Shop in Paris Specializes in Gourmet Popcorn
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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
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Boutique Cafe Hybrids
Citizenry in Toronto is Redefining the World of Cafes
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2
3D Printing Cafes
3D Printing Cafes
The MakersCafe Coffee Shop Design Offers Customers a 3D Dining Experience
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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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