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Top 100 Business Ideas in May

From Virtual Optometry Platforms to DIY Burger Kit Deliveries

— May 29, 2017 — Business
From virtual optometry platforms to DIY burger kit deliveries, the May 2017 business trends reveal the enormous impact that startups are having on consumer shopping habits.

On of the ways startups are changing our shopping habits is by giving us a way to buy things online that used to require a trip to the store. For instance, Ditto is a virtual optometry platform that uses custom facial recognition technology to help consumers see what a pair of glasses will look like on their face without actually trying them on. The Slapp app also uses similar technology to help beauty buffs find their perfect shade of foundation with nothing more than a selfie.

Additionally, the May 2017 business trends reveal that startups are also changing consumer buying habits with services that simplify everyday tasks. For instance, the BurgaBox meal kit delivery service makes it easy for amateur chefs to prepare a home-cooked meal. Similarly, the Vitafive vitamin subscription service creates custom packets of vitamins that are tailored to the needs of each customer.
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Co-Branded Bank Offices
Co-Branded Bank Offices
City National Bank and RBC Wealth Management Have Opened a Joint Office
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Testable Car Purchasing Sites
Testable Car Purchasing Sites
Hellocar Gives Consumers the Chance to Test Out Their Car for a Week
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Business-Focused Ridesharing Features
Business-Focused Ridesharing Features
Uber Central is Designed for Businesses' Clients
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Human-Focused Business Platforms
Human-Focused Business Platforms
The 'KiSSFLOW' BPM Platform Reduces Chaos to Increase Efficiency
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96
Crowdsourced Decision Networks
Crowdsourced Decision Networks
The 'WeeAct' Social Network Enables Users to Make Smart Decisions
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95
Analytical Infographic Platforms
Analytical Infographic Platforms
'Muralio' Turns Google Analytics Data into Infographics
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94
Promotional Photo-Op ATMs
Promotional Photo-Op ATMs
This Attack on Titan ATM Encourages Photo-Taking Nearby
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93
Brain-Computer Interfaces
Brain-Computer Interfaces
Elon Musk's New Venture Neuralink Seeks to Implant Devices into Brains
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Shoppable 360-Degree Videos
Shoppable 360-Degree Videos
Ted Baker's 'Keeping Up with the Bakers' Introduces a New Way to Shop
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Charitable Wedding Dress Platforms
Charitable Wedding Dress Platforms
'Brides Do Good' Allows Women to Buy Pre-owned Wedding Gowns
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90
Secure Mobile Wallets
Secure Mobile Wallets
BNP Paribas' Wa! Mobile Wallet is Piloting at Carrefour Stores Across France
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89
Virtual Reality Cafes
Virtual Reality Cafes
'Vrei' is a Hub for Trying Out Virtual Reality Technology and Games
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Influencer Business Referral Platforms
Influencer Business Referral Platforms
'GrowSumo' Helps Brands Start Influencer Programs
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In-Store Tuxedo Showrooms
In-Store Tuxedo Showrooms
Nordstrom is Teaming Up with The Black Tux to Offer Tuxedo Rentals
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Collaborative Influencer Clubs
Collaborative Influencer Clubs
This Club in the City is a Place for Entrepreneurs to Connect
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85
Organic Pizza Topping Promotions
Organic Pizza Topping Promotions
Papa John's is Testing Organic Vegetable Toppings
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84
Expansive Alcohol Delivery Apps
Expansive Alcohol Delivery Apps
'Minibar Delivery' Enables You to Order Alcohol for Quick Delivery
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Digital Payment Messaging Apps
Digital Payment Messaging Apps
This WhatsApp Update Will Allow Users to Sell and Buy Goods
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Shoppable Foundation-Matching Apps
Shoppable Foundation-Matching Apps
The Slapp App Helps Users to Find Their Perfect Shade
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Mobile ATM Withdrawls
Mobile ATM Withdrawls
Wells Fargo Will Soon Be Rolling Out NFC-Enabled ATM Machines
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Cash-Friendly Online Retailers
Cash-Friendly Online Retailers
Amazon Cash Allows Consumers Without Cards to Shop Online
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Custom Cooking Sauce Services
Custom Cooking Sauce Services
MySauceFactory Creates Custom Food Cooking Sauces
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Concept Pub Crawl Beers
Concept Pub Crawl Beers
These Beer Bottles Were Inspired by the Famous Otley Run
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Customizable Gift-Giving Kits
Customizable Gift-Giving Kits
'Giftkit' Introduces a Modern Way to Shop for Gift Baskets Online
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Flag-Themed Retail Stores
Flag-Themed Retail Stores
Bonsoir Paris Designed the Summer Olympics Lacoste Store in France
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Scandinavian-Inspired Accessories Flagships
Scandinavian-Inspired Accessories Flagships
Skagen Has Been Designed with Minimalism in Mind
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Unbanked Mobile Credit Cards
Unbanked Mobile Credit Cards
The 'boon' App Allows French Consumers to Use Credit Without a Bank
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Virtual Optometry Platforms
Virtual Optometry Platforms
Ditto Offers Intuitive Frame Recommendation Tech for Retailers
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One-Day Festival Previews
One-Day Festival Previews
Bestival Teased the Experience Offered at Its Full Four-Day Event
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Student Commerce Apps
Student Commerce Apps
The 'Zipp' Marketplace App Lets Students Buy and Sell on Campus
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Vending Machine Apps
Vending Machine Apps
'Acure Pass' Allows One to Pre-Purchase Drinks from a Smartphone
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Mentor Matchmaking Platforms
Mentor Matchmaking Platforms
'RookieUp' Connects Professionals Together to Share Creative Skills
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Gamified Checkout Systems
Gamified Checkout Systems
Consumers May Win Prizes In-Store and Online with Luckycycle
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Biometric Credit Cards
Biometric Credit Cards
Mastercard is Trialing a Thumbprint Credit Card for Added Security
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Reward-Finding Shopping Apps
Reward-Finding Shopping Apps
'Dosh' Finds Cash Back Shopping Opportunities Automatically
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In-Store Game Development Classes
In-Store Game Development Classes
Microsoft's Xbox Academy Teaches Game Development and More
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Crowdsourced Food Delivery Apps
Crowdsourced Food Delivery Apps
JoyRun Lets Users Pick Up Food from Restaurants for Others
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Natural Burial Boutiques
Natural Burial Boutiques
'Dying to Bloom' Helps Consumers Host Green Burials
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Rooftop Landscape Movie Screenings
Rooftop Landscape Movie Screenings
The Rooftop Cinema Club Merges Film with Beautiful Scenery
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Military-Themed Retail Displays
Military-Themed Retail Displays
G-Star's Denim Collection is Displayed in the Palais de Tokyo
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Collaborative Luxury Retail Displays
Collaborative Luxury Retail Displays
The Liat Towers Hermes Store Collaborates with Artists
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Real Estate Data Companies
Real Estate Data Companies
'Reonomy' Offers Commercial Real Estate Data to Lenders and Brokers
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Custom Sweetness Drinks
Custom Sweetness Drinks
Panera Bread is Debuting a Line of Craft Beverages with Upfront Recipes
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Specialized Office Yoga Programs
Specialized Office Yoga Programs
Yoga Promotes Health and Wellness in Corporate Environments
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Body Positive Beauty Salons
Body Positive Beauty Salons
Babydoll Beauty Couture Caters Specifically to Plus-Size Consumers
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eCommerce Subscription Service Platforms
eCommerce Subscription Service Platforms
'Subscribe with Amazon' Curates Services of All Kinds
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Oversized Emoji Postcards
Oversized Emoji Postcards
The 'Mojigram' Postcard Service Designs Durable Cards to Send to Friends
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Historic Luxury Pop-Up Locations
Historic Luxury Pop-Up Locations
This Chanel Pop-Up is Placed in an Ornate Heritage Site
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One-Way Car Rental Apps
One-Way Car Rental Apps
AAA's Gig Car Share App Doesn't Make You Pay to Park
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Retail Comparison Apps
Retail Comparison Apps
The FindSimilar App Helps Shoppers at Hammerson Stores Discover New Items
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E-Commerce Card Readers
E-Commerce Card Readers
Shopify Designed Its 'Chip and Swipe Reader' for E-Retailers
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Same-Day Meal Delivery Services
Same-Day Meal Delivery Services
Martha & Marley Spoon is Offering Quick Delivery Through Amazon
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Intimate Futuristic French Boutiques
Intimate Futuristic French Boutiques
The 'Les Cinq' Showroom Offers a Futuristic Aesthetic
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Urban Eco Burial Initiatives
Urban Eco Burial Initiatives
Colombia University's DeathLab Seeks to Resolve Overcrowding Issues
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Blockchain Consultancy Platforms
Blockchain Consultancy Platforms
This International Internet Marketplace is for Blockchain Jobs
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Refugee Camp Production Centers
Refugee Camp Production Centers
IKEA Will Soon Be Offering Employment Opportunities for Refugees
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Custom Vitamin Subscription Services
Custom Vitamin Subscription Services
'Vitafive' Ensures You Get the Daily Vitamins You Need
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Flower Delivery Films
Flower Delivery Films
Flex Films' Waterless Online Flower Delivery Solution Keeps Flowers Fresh
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Trackable Designer Fashion Trucks
Trackable Designer Fashion Trucks
Kat's Closet Offers an App to Let Loyal Consumers Stay in Touch
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Expanded Basketball Figurine Collections
Expanded Basketball Figurine Collections
GoDaddy is Offering New Itty Bitty Ballers Figures
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Exclusive Toronto Streetwear Launches
Exclusive Toronto Streetwear Launches
Stussy Toronto's Re-Opening Will Feature Unique Apparel
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Solar-Themed Offices
Solar-Themed Offices
The New Linkedin Madrid Office Was Inspired by the Solar System
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Surprise Rewards Programs
Surprise Rewards Programs
Kimpton Hotels Offers Spontaneous 'Karma Credits' to Guests
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Search Engine Recruitment Platforms
Search Engine Recruitment Platforms
Google 'Hire' is a New Job Application and Recruitment Tool
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Female Empowerment Co-Working Spaces
Female Empowerment Co-Working Spaces
The Riveter Aims to Support Working Women
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DIY Burger Kit Deliveries
DIY Burger Kit Deliveries
'BurgaBox' is a Meal Kit Delivery Service Focused on Meaty Sandwiches
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Comic Book-Themed Restaurants
Comic Book-Themed Restaurants
Toronto's 'Figures' Serves Up Comic Book-Inspired Fare
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Beacon Technology Services
Beacon Technology Services
Conichiwa Provides On-Demand Services for Many Different Industries
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Late-Night Meal Deliveries
Late-Night Meal Deliveries
With Door Dash, Jack in the Box is Offering Night Meal Delivery
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Urban Cycling Shops
Urban Cycling Shops
Assos' New London Concept Store Brings Modern Cycling to the UK Market
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Nutritious Workplace Lunch Services
Nutritious Workplace Lunch Services
LunchOwl Aims to Create Productive Employees Through Food
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Retail Homemaker Workshops
Retail Homemaker Workshops
Selfridges' 'A Home for All' Campaign Celebrates Domestic Rituals
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Dynamic Grocery Pricing
Dynamic Grocery Pricing
Wasteless Uses Data Analytics to Changes Prices on Produce Over Time
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In-Store 3D Knitting Machines
In-Store 3D Knitting Machines
At Ministry of Supply, Consumers Can Create 3D-Printed Blazers
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Fast-Casual 420 Celebrations
Fast-Casual 420 Celebrations
Freebirds World Burrito Will Celebrate 420 With Its 'Pot Brownie'
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Urban Apparel Megastores
Urban Apparel Megastores
Citadium's New Champs Elysées Megastore Will Cater to Millennials
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Swedish Furniture Shop Restaurants
Swedish Furniture Shop Restaurants
Ikea Standalone Cafes Could Soon Be in City Centers Worldwide
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Branded Money-Shooting Accessories
Branded Money-Shooting Accessories
Supreme's CashCannon Shoots Money Into The Air
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Energy-Saving Concept Stores
Energy-Saving Concept Stores
IKEA's New London Store Will Be Dedicated to Sustainability
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At-Home Espresso Subscriptions
At-Home Espresso Subscriptions
This Service Helps to Perfect the Art of Making Espresso at Home
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Standalone Beauty Brand Boutiques
Standalone Beauty Brand Boutiques
L'Oréal Opened Its First French Store During Paris Fashion Week
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Tech Brand Vodka Gifts
Tech Brand Vodka Gifts
The Google Campus Warsaw Offers Complimentary Vodka for Visitors
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Adaptable QSR Uniforms
Adaptable QSR Uniforms
McDonald's New Fast Food Uniforms Were Created by Fashion Designers
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Indoor Campus Offices
Indoor Campus Offices
The New Dublin Airbnb Office Was Designed to Look like a School Campus
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In-Store Beverage Boutiques
In-Store Beverage Boutiques
This New Concept Target Store Boasts a Wine and Beer Shop
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High-Tech Cosmetic Stores
High-Tech Cosmetic Stores
Sephora Beauty TIP Workshops are Spaces to Teach, Inspire and Play
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Ice Cream Bakeries
Ice Cream Bakeries
The Haagen-Dazs Bakery Serves Ice Cream-Centric Baked Goods
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Startup-Focused Fashion Pop-Ups
Startup-Focused Fashion Pop-Ups
The Heroes Pop-Up Offers Small Brands Competing Against Big Names
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Pop-Up Beach Bars
Pop-Up Beach Bars
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Created a Luxurious Space to Watch Surfing
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Fashion Lifestyle Retailers
Fashion Lifestyle Retailers
H&M is Set to Launch the New Retailer Arket in Late Summer in London
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Concert-Ready Retail Stores
Concert-Ready Retail Stores
This New Dr. Martens Store Boasts an Interactive Space for Gigs
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Seamless eSignature Services
Seamless eSignature Services
'eversign' Eliminates the Need for Paper Contracts (SPONSORED)
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Deceptive Shampoo Campaigns
Deceptive Shampoo Campaigns
Suave Professionals Has Released a Creative Ad to Market Its Shampoo
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Recycled Wooden Offices
Recycled Wooden Offices
Fiverr Office Was Inspired by the Artistic Nature of Its Business
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Experiential Tech Stores
Experiential Tech Stores
Toronto Will Become the Home of the Next Samsung Experience Store
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Beachside Bar Activations
Beachside Bar Activations
'Bomboras' is a Temporary Beachside Bar in Torquay, Australia
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Bikini Uniform Coffee Shops
Bikini Uniform Coffee Shops
The Bikini Beans Espresso Coffee Shops Boast Baristas in Swimwear
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Office Meditation Booths
Office Meditation Booths
The Headspace Office is Focused on Fostering Healthy and Happy Employees
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Sneakerhead Subscription Boxes
Sneakerhead Subscription Boxes
Sneakerbox Supplies Accessories for the Sneaker Connoisseur
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Glamorous eCommerce Flagships
Glamorous eCommerce Flagships
Missguided's New Flagship is the eTailer's First Standalone Store
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