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Top 100 New Venture Trends of 2016

From Custom Wedding Dress Deliveries to Excrement-Themed Cafes

— January 29, 2017 — Business
Undergoing a new venture is a testament to the bravery of business owners and their willingness to take risks on fresh terrain, and the 2016 new venture trends show this bravery firsthand. Whether it's a small business or a multimillion dollar organization, many companies have explored novel ideas and had positive results.

One of the most common areas for 2016 new ventures was offering subscription products and services. Logistics have been bolstered by machine learning (for software) and drones (for hardware) to make delivery easier and more efficient than ever before. There are literally scores of examples, but Farm to Fork's made-to-order organic meals and Linen Crate's decor deliveries being two notable ventures.

As presentations at our annual innovation conference have argued, machines are slated to take over many jobs in the future. Some new ventures in surprising areas are embracing the future now, however. Zume Pizza's pies are made with the help of industrial robots, and the same can be said of the burgers from Momentum Machine's San Francisco joint.
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Junk-Selling Concierge Services
Junk-Selling Concierge Services
This Company Helps Consumers Sell Unwanted Items
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99
Product Recommendation Marketplaces
Product Recommendation Marketplaces
Startup Shelf Helps You Discover Products People Like and Use
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98
Expedited Furniture Marketplaces
Expedited Furniture Marketplaces
The Dibind Platform Helps Users Quickly Buy & Sell Used Furniture
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97
Vertical Video Ads
Vertical Video Ads
The 'Flipboard' App Has a New Video Feature for Advertisers
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96
Localized Japanese Retailers
Localized Japanese Retailers
UNIQLO Will Open Its First Canadian Store at the Toronto Eaton Centre
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95
Logo-Creating Startups
Logo-Creating Startups
Logopony Helps Other New Ventures Create a Flat Logo in Just Minutes
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94
Empty Restaurant Office Initiatives
Empty Restaurant Office Initiatives
'Spacious' Offers Vacant Eateries as Freelance Workplaces
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93
Corporate Catering Platforms
Corporate Catering Platforms
City Pantry Makes It Easier For Companies to Order In Food
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92
Refurbished Smartphone Businesses
Refurbished Smartphone Businesses
Amazon India Launched a Service That Sells Repurposed Phones
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91
Camping Gear Rental Services
Camping Gear Rental Services
'The Camp Kit' Provides Campers with Rental Gear to Head Outdoors
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90
On-Demand Photography Services
On-Demand Photography Services
Startup ographr Offers Videographers and Photographers On-Demand
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89
Customizable Candle Subscriptions
Customizable Candle Subscriptions
The Busy Bee Candle Fragrance Club Includes Tiny Wax Melts
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88
Deceiving Dessert Cafes
Deceiving Dessert Cafes
Vegedeco Salad Cafe will Offer Patrons Salad Cakes instead of Sweets
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87
Celebrity-Owned Cafes
Celebrity-Owned Cafes
This New York City Cafe is Owned and Inspired By Martha Stewart
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86
Mexican Microbrewery Concierges
Mexican Microbrewery Concierges
Personally Selected Mexican Microbreweries Catered Every Week
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85
Online Entrepreneur Portfolio Platforms
Online Entrepreneur Portfolio Platforms
'Pagefolio' Enhances and Streamlines Your Online Profile
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84
Publishing Retail Stores
Publishing Retail Stores
Penguin Random House's Branded Shop is a Product Lab Testing Interaction
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83
Smartphone Charger Rentals
Smartphone Charger Rentals
The AnkerBox is an Inexpensive and Convenient Phone Charger Service
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82
Recycled Chain Store Clothing
Recycled Chain Store Clothing
Urban Outfitters' New Clothing Line Features Repurposed Fabric
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81
Custom Wedding Dress Deliveries
Custom Wedding Dress Deliveries
Floravere Offers Luxury Tailored Wedding Gowns On Demand
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80
Customized Website Experiences
Customized Website Experiences
Bounce Exchange Helps Companies Tailor Their Ads, Emails and More
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79
Sustainable Flower Subscriptions
Sustainable Flower Subscriptions
UrbanStems Offers a Three-Month Bouquet Subscription in NYC & DC
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78
On-Demand Laundry Services
On-Demand Laundry Services
'Simply Laundry' Improves Dry Cleaning, Washing, Folding and Delivery
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77
Local Manufacturing Platforms
Local Manufacturing Platforms
This Store Connects International Designers with Local Artisans
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76
Streamlined Design Platforms
Streamlined Design Platforms
Havenly Lets You Hire Interior Designers For Low Prices
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75
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
Tech Maker Subscription Boxes
'Creation Crate' Offers a Tech Education Subscription Service
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74
P2P Insurance Start-Ups
P2P Insurance Start-Ups
'Lemonade' is a New Service That Will Operate on a Peer Lending Model
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73
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
The 'Flooxa' Toothbrush is Designed by Students to be Beautiful
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72
Excrement-Themed Cafes
Excrement-Themed Cafes
This Toronto Dessert Restaurant is Looking to Change Peoples' Ideas of Poop
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71
Custom Coffee Delivery Services
Custom Coffee Delivery Services
'DOERS.coffee' Offers Custom Roasted Coffee Beans
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70
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Timberland is Creating a Line of Shoes from Recycled Plastic Bottles
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69
Intergalactic Theme Parks
Intergalactic Theme Parks
Star Wars Theme Parks are Becoming a Reality
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68
Handcrafted Homeware Deliveries
Handcrafted Homeware Deliveries
These Monthly Deliveries Include Artisanal Home and Kitchen Goods
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67
At-Home Medical Tests
At-Home Medical Tests
Health Testing Startup EverlyWell Makes Clinical Testing More Available
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66
Made-to-Order Organic Meals
Made-to-Order Organic Meals
'Farm to Fork' Specializes in Organic Home Food Deliveries
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65
Plant-Based Bakeries
Plant-Based Bakeries
'Sweets by CHLOE' is a New Vegan Offshoot from Chloe Coscarelli
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64
Personalized Makeup Apps
Personalized Makeup Apps
MATCHCo Provides Custom Foundation Makeup from Selfies
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63
Oil-Recycling Kiosks
Oil-Recycling Kiosks
This Kiosk Concept Aims to Treat and Reuse Edible Oils
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62
At-Home Swimsuit Fittings
At-Home Swimsuit Fittings
This Startup Allows Customers to Try on Sustainable Swimsuits at Home
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61
Modern Interactive Dessert Parlors
Modern Interactive Dessert Parlors
Frozen Spoon will Offer Healthy Treats and a Clean Interior
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60
Online Marketplace Builders
Online Marketplace Builders
'Workify' Helps Entrepreneurs Generate Revenue without Working More
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59
Online-Only Snack Collections
Online-Only Snack Collections
Amazon's 'Happy Belly' Range is Exclusively Available Online
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58
All-Inclusive Kids Class Passes
All-Inclusive Kids Class Passes
The Kids Passport Gives Parents Access to NYC's Best Kids Classes
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57
On-Demand Delivery Services
On-Demand Delivery Services
GoPuff is an On-Demand Alternative to Traditional Convenience Stores
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56
High-End Delivery Restaurants
High-End Delivery Restaurants
Momofuku Ando is Not a Place to Sit and Eat, the Food Comes to You
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55
Consignment Jewelry Marketplaces
Consignment Jewelry Marketplaces
'Gleem & Co.' is a Place to Buy and Insure One-of-a-Kind Pieces
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54
Stock Market-Inspired Bars
Stock Market-Inspired Bars
Asia's 'Wolf Market' Lets Patrons Drive the Prices of Drinks Up or Down
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53
Ayurvedic Snack Boxes
Ayurvedic Snack Boxes
Wanderfuel Offers Healthy Meal Boxes for Travelers
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52
On-Demand Fuel Services
On-Demand Fuel Services
Booster Fuels Fills Your Car Up Without the Trip to the Gas Station
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51
Online Dollar Stores
Online Dollar Stores
'Hollar' is the First Ever Dollar Store to Abandon Brick and Mortar Retail
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50
Room-Specific Subscription Boxes
Room-Specific Subscription Boxes
These Monthly Deliveries Include Linen Accessories and Home Decor
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49
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Momentum Machines is Opening a Robot Fast Food Joint in San Francisco
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48
Restaurant Selfie Rooms
Restaurant Selfie Rooms
Doomie's Toronto is a Vegan Eatery with a Comic-Lined Photography Room
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47
Startup Investment Apps
Startup Investment Apps
The 'Unicorn' App Helps Startups Get Funded by Angels
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46
Experiential Event Services
Experiential Event Services
'Joymode' Supplies Everything Needed to Create Memorable Experiences
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45
Hotel Cafe Extensions
Hotel Cafe Extensions
This Cafe Was Designed to Reach Out to Locals in the Area
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44
Automated Business Matchmaking Services
Automated Business Matchmaking Services
Swaaap.com's Platform Connects Businesses & Entrepreneurs
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43
Pop-Up Office Startups
Pop-Up Office Startups
'Popices' Creates Outdoor Offices for Startups and Freelancers to Use
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42
Local Ingredient Yogurt Stores
Local Ingredient Yogurt Stores
Styo Dessert Uses Ingredients from the Area or Makes Them In-House
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41
T-Shirt Sales Platforms
T-Shirt Sales Platforms
Bonfire Lets Consumers Design and Sell T-Shirts
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40
Boho-Glam Design Shops
Boho-Glam Design Shops
Vintage Sparkle Brings Vintage Bohemian Decor to Nashville Residents
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39
Fresh Food Delivery Services
Fresh Food Delivery Services
This Service Now Delivers Fresh Food Along with Other Groceries
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38
Dog-Friendly Office Spaces
Dog-Friendly Office Spaces
Kurgo Allows Workers to Bring Pets to Work to Interact with Products
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37
Zero Waste Markets
Zero Waste Markets
Vancouver to Lead with Canada's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store
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36
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Gogoro Scooters Will Be Available for Rent in Berlin Through an App
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35
In-Store Co-Working Stations
In-Store Co-Working Stations
Staples is Introducing Office Sharing Within Its Retail Locations
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34
Smartphone Lock Boxes
Smartphone Lock Boxes
'Just Us. No Phones.' Helps Consumers Disconnect from Their Smartphones
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33
Plant-Based Meal-Kit Startups
Plant-Based Meal-Kit Startups
This Service Provides Customers with Veggie-Centric Meals On-Demand
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Complexion-Matching Hosiery Retailers
Complexion-Matching Hosiery Retailers
FleshTone.net Provides Nude Hosiery in a Variety of Shades
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31
House-Sharing Design Studios
House-Sharing Design Studios
'Samara' is a New Design Studio Division from Airbnb
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30
Entrepreneur-Supporting Offices
Entrepreneur-Supporting Offices
The Brand Assembly Coworking Office Provides Access to Key Tools
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29
Custom Online Bike Builders
Custom Online Bike Builders
Diamondback Bicycles Invites Consumers to Adapt Their Model with Ease
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28
American Anime Cafes
American Anime Cafes
The Hello Kitty Cafe is Now is Opening as a Semi-Permanent LA Cafe
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27
Niche Perfume Subscription Services
Niche Perfume Subscription Services
This Scent-Discovery Service Provides Unique Perfume Samples
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26
Staff-Free Restaurants
Staff-Free Restaurants
The Eatsa Restaurant Ordering System Automates Food Purchases
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25
Punch Clock Currency Cafes
Punch Clock Currency Cafes
Brooklyn's Glass Hour Charges Patrons by the Minute instead of Drinks
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24
Plant-Based Concept Cafes
Plant-Based Concept Cafes
This Jamba Juice Bar Cafe Introduces a Healthy New Test Menu
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Eco-Friendly Feminine Products
Eco-Friendly Feminine Products
This Company Sells Organic Pads, Tampons and Panty Liners
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22
Pooch-Parking Services
Pooch-Parking Services
These Sidewalk Dog Kennels Allow Consumers to Temporarily Park Their Dog
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21
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
This Startup is Growing Edible Algae on Top of a Bangkok Hotel
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20
Organic Fast Food Eateries
Organic Fast Food Eateries
Miami's 'Grown' Changes the Relationship Between Fast Food and Health
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19
Meditative Co-Working Studios
Meditative Co-Working Studios
Flow Yoga Center Offers a Unique Take on the Co-Working Space
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18
Automotive Gin Bars
Automotive Gin Bars
'Gin and Bear It' Operates Out of a Classic Converted Car
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17
Yogic Co-Working Offices
Yogic Co-Working Offices
New Love City Provides Unlimited Yoga and a Collaborative Workspace
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Local Food Vending Machines
Local Food Vending Machines
The Vending Machines by Byte Foods are Stocked with Fresh Food
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15
Streamlined News Networks
Streamlined News Networks
DIVE Simplifies Relevant Information for Companies So They Don't Have to
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14
Express Grocery Stores
Express Grocery Stores
Sobeys' Unveiled a New Express Store Concept in Nova Scotia
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13
Winterized Vertical Farms
Winterized Vertical Farms
This Startup Supplies Alaskans with Fresh Produce Year-Round
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12
Hybrid Fitness Sudios
Hybrid Fitness Sudios
This Fitness Studio Combines Dance, Trampoline and Muscle Sculpting
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11
Connected Technology Investors
Connected Technology Investors
HIGHLINE is a Flexible VC Firm That Invests in Goal-Driven Startups
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10
Velomobile-Sharing Services
Velomobile-Sharing Services
The Veemo Bike Share Service Would Cost About $0.20 Per Minute
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9
Shopping Smart Lockers
Shopping Smart Lockers
QikPod Lets Indian Shoppers Pick Up Packages With Ease
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8
Supplement Vending Machines
Supplement Vending Machines
SuppNow Helps Gyms Offer On-Demand Fitness Supplements
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7
Home Decor Subscription Boxes
Home Decor Subscription Boxes
This Service Offers Home Accessories with a Coordinated Theme
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6
Robot-Run Pizzerias
Robot-Run Pizzerias
'Zume Pizza' Uses Robots to Makes Its Pies
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5
Private Co-Working Communities
Private Co-Working Communities
The Neuehouse Los Angeles Recently Opened in Hollywood
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4
Counter Culture Hair Salons
Counter Culture Hair Salons
#BLOW is Europe's First Official 'Manic Panic Colour Asylum'
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3
Mobile Espresso Bars
Mobile Espresso Bars
Toronto’s Latte Booth Brings Quality Italian Coffee Directly to Events
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2
Manly Accessory Subscription Services
Manly Accessory Subscription Services
The Sprezzabox Service Helps Men Complete Their Look
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1
Shipping Container E-Bike Shops
Shipping Container E-Bike Shops
'Quikbyke' is an Electronic Bike Rental Shop Run Out of a Box
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