Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 500,000 inspiring examples.
Trend Reports
Discover why 900 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 250,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Consumer Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 900 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 250,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI + Human Methodology
Learn how Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
eLearning (NEW)
Prepare for the year's ahead with 100+ lessons, tactics, tools and frameworks with our full learning database.
Advisory & Services
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Trend Reports
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event or virtual event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Speakers & Virtual Presenters
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
Innovation Events
Join the world's top innovators at our FREE Virtual events.
Free Webinars
During COVID-19, learn to innovate through chaos, navigate the new normal and maintain work culture from home.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Search our database of 500,000 cutting edge ideas.

100 Innovative Start-Up Businesses

From Indie Podcast Collectives to Investment Opportunity Tools

— October 31, 2014 — Business
The number of new ventures in recent years has exploded, so there are no shortage of innovative start-up businesses. When we think of this culture, many people consider Silicon Valley and the tech industry. With the introduction of popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo investors are more accessible to budding entrepreneurs. Methods like social media also make consumer interaction and insight easier to come by.

Many of these innovative start-up businesses are crowdsourced in some way, such as the teams behind dignity-preserving dresses, transcribing conversation apps and inviting umbrella lights. Others are the result of accelerators, including informative corruption apps, free internet redistributers and phone-focused education. From display-changing wristwatches to urban thicket-growing services, start-ups all over the world are making their mark.
6.9
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Immortality-Securing Gadgets
Immortality-Securing Gadgets
Yourbot Lets You Share Your Wisdom With Future Generations
<
99
Futuristic Eye-Tracking Headwear
Futuristic Eye-Tracking Headwear
The Fove Head-Mounted Display Contains Eye-Tracking Technology
<
98
Informative Corruption Apps
Informative Corruption Apps
This Bribery App Tells You How Much Bribes Cost Anywhere on Earth
<
97
Gameplay Video Apps
Gameplay Video Apps
Kamcord's App is a Dedicated Place for Gamers to Watch Gameplay Videos
<
96
Trip Transportation Planning Sites
Trip Transportation Planning Sites
Mozio Helps Tourists With Their Hotel to Airport Transportation
<
95
PR-Eliminating Web Services
PR-Eliminating Web Services
JustReachOut Connects Brands to Relevant Journalists For Startup Press
<
94
Transcribing Conversation Apps
Transcribing Conversation Apps
Startup RogerVoice Allows for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Phone Calls
<
93
App Advancement Services
App Advancement Services
FbStart by Facebook Provides a Free Package to Improve Mobile Apps
<
92
Convenient Contraceptive Deliveries
Convenient Contraceptive Deliveries
The Dollar Rubber Club Will Deliver Condoms to Your Home
<
91
Parking Auction Apps
Parking Auction Apps
MonkeyParking Shows San Francisco Parking Spots Available to Bid Upon
<
90
Memory-Retaining Wristbands
Memory-Retaining Wristbands
Sheepdog Creates a Device to Develop Long-Term Memory While You Sleep
<
89
Energy-Wasting Tattletale Apps
Energy-Wasting Tattletale Apps
Environmental Reporting App LightsOut Lets Users Note Harmful Acts
<
88
Magnetic Smartphone Cases
Magnetic Smartphone Cases
This New Phone Case is Ideal for Runners and Exercise Enthusiasts
<
87
Personalized Printed Papers
Personalized Printed Papers
Startup PaperLater Reformats Online Articles Into Print News For You
<
86
Battery-Less Beacons
Battery-Less Beacons
Ifinity's 'AirBeacons' Are Powered By Electromagnetic Waves
<
85
Beauty Booking Sites
Beauty Booking Sites
Lookbooker Helps You Book an Appointment for a Salon Online
<
84
Indie Podcast Collectives
Indie Podcast Collectives
The PRX's Revolutionary Radiotopia Public Radio Network is Story-Driven
<
83
Precise Efficient Transit Apps
Precise Efficient Transit Apps
Ototo Unveils the Precise Transit App to Get You There on Time
<
82
Alternative Mass Transportation
Alternative Mass Transportation
The Bridj Smart Transit System Uses Big Data to Get You To Work
<
81
Data Driven Cyclist Apps
Data Driven Cyclist Apps
WeCycle Aims to Make Safer Cycling Happen in London By Tracking Journeys
<
80
Video Conversation Apps
Video Conversation Apps
This Creative New Startup Helps Video Conversations Suit Your Schedule
<
79
3D-Printed Insoles
3D-Printed Insoles
SOLS Creates Custom Orthotics with the Help of Instant Technology
<
78
Holistic Shopping Services
Holistic Shopping Services
Online Shopping Business Boxes Menswear Picks and Ships Them
<
77
Transparent Crowdsourced Startups
Transparent Crowdsourced Startups
Agora is a Democratic & Online Community-Based Beverage Company
<
76
Pre Job-Training Platforms
Pre Job-Training Platforms
LearnUp is Closing the Skills Gap by Helping You Before You're Employed
<
75
Upcyled Art Supply Sites
Upcyled Art Supply Sites
Creative Resale Helps Starving Artists Find Cheap Materials
<
74
Handheld Food Analyzers
Handheld Food Analyzers
The ConsumerPhysics SCiO Scanner Inspects the Content of Sustenance
<
73
Phone-Focused Education
Phone-Focused Education
This AMPION-Born Mobile Learning Startup Empowers African Teachers
<
72
Weed-Reviewing Websites
Weed-Reviewing Websites
Leafly Helps Users Find and Review Over 50,000 Marijuana Strains
<
71
Crowdsourced Microjournalism Sites
Crowdsourced Microjournalism Sites
Onpublico Turns Citizens with Smartphones into Photojournalists
<
70
Experience-Based Startups
Experience-Based Startups
Keep Your Social Calendar Full with ‘Joylister’
<
69
Transformative Charitable Experiences
Transformative Charitable Experiences
Omaze Offers Dream Experiences for a Good Cause
<
68
One-Size-Fits-All Beds
One-Size-Fits-All Beds
The Casper Mattress is Made From Latex and Memory Foam for Optimal Comfort
<
67
Premium-Pooling Platforms
Premium-Pooling Platforms
This P2P Car Insurance Startup Lets Groups Combine Premium Payments
<
66
Wine-Focused Funding Platforms
Wine-Focused Funding Platforms
Fundovino is a Crowdfunding Site Dedicated Solely to Wine Projects
<
65
Randomized Photo Sharing Apps
Randomized Photo Sharing Apps
The Fling Mobile App Lets You Send Photos and Text to Random People
<
64
Water-Repelling Trunks
Water-Repelling Trunks
These Hydrophobic Frank Anthony Shorts Will Never Get Wet or Stained
<
63
Shop-the-Runway Services
Shop-the-Runway Services
Luevo Lets You Pre-Order the Latest Fashions & Support Emerging Designers
<
62
Professional Personal Assistant Tools
Professional Personal Assistant Tools
The Fancy Hands Startup Company Provides Users with Support
<
61
Music Bookmarking Apps
Music Bookmarking Apps
Whyd's New iOS App is Part of a Larger Music Streaming Social Network
<
60
Hydrophobic Hospitality Workwear
Hydrophobic Hospitality Workwear
Fabricor's Stain-Proof Chef Jacket and Apron Actually Repels Food
<
59
Heat-Sensing Fire Alarms
Heat-Sensing Fire Alarms
Khusela's Smart Detector is Designed for Dense Slum Commmunities
<
58
Audible Translating Systems
Audible Translating Systems
Hands Can Talk Translates Signs Into Speech Using Kinect Sensors
<
57
AR Money Management Apps
AR Money Management Apps
The Pocketbook Google Glass App is a Powerful Expense Tracker
<
56
College Discovery Apps
College Discovery Apps
Reachy Hopes to Connect Students with Potential Schools
<
55
Tablet Photo Viewer Apps
Tablet Photo Viewer Apps
Retro by Tiny Whale is a Handy Instagram Viewer for iPad
<
54
Alarm-Connected Lighting
Alarm-Connected Lighting
This Smart Night Light Can Alert You When Your Smoke Sensors Go Off
<
53
Vinyl Subscription Services
Vinyl Subscription Services
A Vinyl Record Club Offers Monthly Music Paired with Cocktail Recipes
<
52
Free Internet Redistributors
Free Internet Redistributors
This WiFi Hotspot Setup Startup Gives the Public Access At No Cost
<
51
Live Local Newsfeeds
Live Local Newsfeeds
The Davai App is a Social Platform Startup Focusing on Meaningful Events
<
50
Urban Thicket-Growing Services
Urban Thicket-Growing Services
This Social Enterprise Will Plant Forests in Super Small Spaces
<
49
Touchscreen Music Knobs
Touchscreen Music Knobs
The Tuna Knobs Lets You Turn Any Tablet into a DJ Turntable
<
48
Bus Tour Innovation Incubators
Bus Tour Innovation Incubators
This Traveling Startup Accelerator Empowers African Entrepreneurs
<
47
Blindness Fighting Socks
Blindness Fighting Socks
This Startup is Taking on Preventable Blindness with Mismatched Socks
<
46
Hub-Replacing Connective Panels
Hub-Replacing Connective Panels
This Smart Home Controller Connects Your Smart Home Devices
<
45
Curated Food Apps
Curated Food Apps
The Hotsauce App Spices Up Your Dining Experience
<
44
Indoor Navigation Apps
Indoor Navigation Apps
The Inside App Makes Directories a Thing of the Past
<
43
Megastore Food Subscriptions
Megastore Food Subscriptions
Walmart Expands its Empire with the 'Goodies.co' Food Service
<
42
Valet-Summoning Apps
Valet-Summoning Apps
Caarbon's Personal Valet Services Solve San Francisco Parking Problems
<
41
Workplace Fitness Startups
Workplace Fitness Startups
MOVABLE Promotes Healthy Lifestyles to Increase Employee Well-Being
<
40
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Late Stage Crowdfunding Sites
Crowdlaunch.it as a Platform Specializes in Almost Finished Projects
<
39
Impromptu Bellhop Services
Impromptu Bellhop Services
The 'Urban Bellhop' Handles Check-Ins for Airbnb Hosts
<
38
Personalized Typography Businesses
Personalized Typography Businesses
Let Nova Typo Design Your Own Stylish Typeface
<
37
Airport Car Sharing Services
Airport Car Sharing Services
FlightCar Puts Idle Automobiles in Long-Term Parking to Good Use
<
36
Dignity-Preserving Dresses
Dignity-Preserving Dresses
The Undress Lets You Change Clothes in Public Without Exposing Yourself
<
35
Backpack Electric Vehicles
Backpack Electric Vehicles
This Electric Skateboard-Like Contraption Fits in a Backpack
<
34
Incentive-Driven Fitness Apps
Incentive-Driven Fitness Apps
The Fitmob App Makes Workouts More Financially Appealing
<
33
Senior Social Media Apps
Senior Social Media Apps
This 7-In-1 App For Seniors Supports Facebook, Email & More
<
32
At-Home Call Center Platforms
At-Home Call Center Platforms
Kallfly's Call Center Service Platform Can Be Operated from Home
<
31
Delivered Dinner Kits
Delivered Dinner Kits
Gobble Helps You Cook Healthy and Quick Meals in 10 Minutes with One Pan
<
30
Sustainable Smartphone-Charging
Sustainable Smartphone-Charging
This St. Louis Public Charging Station Uses Renewable Energy
<
29
High Speed Clothing Deliveries
High Speed Clothing Deliveries
This Fashion Label is Launching 1 Hour Delivery in San Francisco
<
28
On-Demand Delivery Apps
On-Demand Delivery Apps
The Jinn App Allows You To Have Anything You Want Delivered in One Hour
<
27
Braille Smartphones
Braille Smartphones
This Braille Phone is Designed By An Indian Start-Up
<
26
Investment Opportunity Tools
Investment Opportunity Tools
Partner Hunt Helps Entrepreneurs Find Investors and Vice Versa
<
25
Air-Sucking Water Machines
Air-Sucking Water Machines
These Atmostpheric Water Generators Create Gallons of Drinking Water
<
24
Wireless Custom Earbuds
Wireless Custom Earbuds
These 3D Printed OwnPhones Are Uniquely Designed Not to Fall Out
<
23
Phone Projector Chips
Phone Projector Chips
Ostendo's Tic Tac-Sized Projectors Can Emit Holograms From Your Smartphone
<
22
Swiping Fashion Retail Apps
Swiping Fashion Retail Apps
Kwoller's Fashion Price Tracking Feature Adds to a Tinder-Inspired App
<
21
Healthy Fast-Food Deliveries
Healthy Fast-Food Deliveries
Spoonrockets Deliveries Healthy and Organic Meals Within 10 Minutes
<
20
Pain-Inflicting Fitness Trackers
Pain-Inflicting Fitness Trackers
The Pavlok Habit Forming Device Delivers a Shock of Electricity
<
19
Discount Food Delivery Programs
Discount Food Delivery Programs
The Munchery Plus Plan Aims to Cut Courier Fees for Meals
<
18
Big Data Lingerie Lines
Big Data Lingerie Lines
Startup True & Co Uses Big Data to Help Women Locate the Perfect Bra Fit
<
17
Inviting Umbrella Lights
Inviting Umbrella Lights
Umbrella Here Indicates to Strangers You Would be Willing to Share
<
16
Wearable Keyboards
Wearable Keyboards
AirType Turns Your Hand into the Keyboard
<
15
Bodybuilding Exercise Sensors
Bodybuilding Exercise Sensors
The Beast System is About Tracking Weight Lifting And Goal Setting
<
14
Holographic Printed Chocolates
Holographic Printed Chocolates
Morphotonix's Colorful Printing Method Results in Rainbow Chocolate
<
13
World Travel Start-Ups
World Travel Start-Ups
Remote Year Helps People Find Work as They Explore the Globe for a Year
<
12
Outsourced Handcrafted Products
Outsourced Handcrafted Products
Made By Gurus Lets You Pick Someone to Make Your Handmade Goods
<
11
High-Tech Golf Startups
High-Tech Golf Startups
The Arccos Golf Startup's Products Are Now Being Sold in Apple Stores
<
10
Student Survival Gift Boxes
Student Survival Gift Boxes
The Pijon Box Lets Parents Send Essentials to Students Away at School
<
9
Affordable 3D Printing Technology
Affordable 3D Printing Technology
This Successful Indiegogo Campaign is for an At Home 3D Printer
<
8
Sarcastic Apparel Projects
Sarcastic Apparel Projects
A Kickstarter Project that Promises Lousy Shirt Rewards
<
7
Display-Changing Wristwatches
Display-Changing Wristwatches
The E-Paper Watch Allows Wearers to Customize with Different Designs
<
6
Cargo Carrier Bike Accessories
Cargo Carrier Bike Accessories
Fietsklik is a Startup That Makes Cycling with Goods Easier
<
5
Contemporary Collapsible Bikes
Contemporary Collapsible Bikes
Kolelinia's Foldable Halfbike is Compact and Practical for Riders
<
4
Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Founder James Middleton Says Boomf's Next Step is Tricycle Delivery
<
3
Personalized Scent Subscriptions
Personalized Scent Subscriptions
Scent Trunk's Fragrance Subscription Will Find Your Perfect Scent
<
2
Time-Saving Laundry Services
Time-Saving Laundry Services
The 'Prim' Laundry Delivery Service Does Your Laundry for You
<
1
Connected Carbon Fiber Bicycles
Connected Carbon Fiber Bicycles
The Lightweight Bluetooth Bike Protects Riders from Unseen Dangers
<