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Top 100 Business Ideas for May

From Energy-Efficient QSR Chains to Gamified Company Culture Apps

— May 27, 2018 — Business
The business world is often reflective of societal interests, and this list of May 2018 Business ideas outline some of the ways in which companies are shifting their focus to appeal to contemporary consumer.

A new restaurant design for Wendy's speaks to the environmentally conscious consumer as the fast food chain announced a new energy-saving initiative which is set to be implemented by 2020. Meanwhile, 7-eleven in Japan is prioritizing consumer convenience after partnering with a travel agency to set up kiosks where travelers could safely lock up their room keys or other valuables. This also means that those using P2P services like AirBnb can retrieve room keys at any time, eliminating the inconvenience of late-night trade-offs.

Feminist endeavors are another topic of interest for corporations, as businesses seek ways to empower its female employees and consumers. In light of this, Estee Lauder created two prestigious awards which will spotlight the achievements of women in STEM fields. On a similar note, CoverGirl collaborated with Girls Who Code to fight gendered stereotypes about women in computer science fields.
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Harassment-Moderating Systems
Harassment-Moderating Systems
To Fight Online Harassment MIT's Squadbox Brings in a User's Friends
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Celebratory Ice Cream Pomotions
Celebratory Ice Cream Pomotions
Häagen-Dazs Marks 10 Years of Honey Bee Support with Free Cone Day
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97
Professional Document-Organizing Platforms
Professional Document-Organizing Platforms
'DocsOcean' Makes Team Documents Easily Searchable
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96
Movie Ticket Reward Progams
Movie Ticket Reward Progams
Fandango's VIP Loyalty Program Offers Cash Credit Rewards for Movies
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95
Digitally Represented Operating Models
Digitally Represented Operating Models
Mavim Creates Software That Will Help with Decision-Making
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94
Self-Aware Superhero Marketing
Self-Aware Superhero Marketing
Deadopool and Devour Have Come Together for a Humorous Commercial
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93
Curated Wedding Registries
Curated Wedding Registries
The 'Slowdance' Wedding Registry Service Offers Personalized Styling
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92
Condo-Based Social Clubs
Condo-Based Social Clubs
The Maverick Social is Opening Inside of a Toronto Condo
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91
Biometric Student Payments
Biometric Student Payments
Copenhagen Business School Now Offers Finger Scanners for Students
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90
Blockchain-Powered Fan Leagues
Blockchain-Powered Fan Leagues
New Alchemy is Bolstering the FCFL with Blockchain Technology
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89
Event-Integrated Accommodations
Event-Integrated Accommodations
The Airbnb for Events Feature Helps to Draw in More Tourists
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88
Delivery-Based Loyalty Programs
Delivery-Based Loyalty Programs
'Target Red' Offers Target Customers Discounts on Delivery
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87
P2P Money Swap Apps
P2P Money Swap Apps
WeSwap Allows Travelers to Exchange Money with Clear and Transparent Rates
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86
In-Aisle Checkout Services
In-Aisle Checkout Services
Walmart's 'Check Out with Me' Saves Consumers Time and Effort
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Flexible Hourly Working Schedules
Flexible Hourly Working Schedules
Snag's Flexible Working Hours Help Employees Achieve Balance
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Expanding Women-Only Social Clubs
Expanding Women-Only Social Clubs
The Wing's Women's Social Club Will Be Opening in Toronto
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Rideshare Driver Debit Cards
Rideshare Driver Debit Cards
The Uber Visa Debit Card Offers a Host of Incentives to Uber Drivers
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Incentivized Recycling Apps
Incentivized Recycling Apps
The reGAIN App Rids People of Unwanted Clothes in Exchange for Coupons
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Buy-Ahead Beauty Services
Buy-Ahead Beauty Services
Feelunique's Pre-Order Service Lets Customers Get Products Before Stores
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80
Sustainable School Lunch Clubs
Sustainable School Lunch Clubs
The 'Real Food Lunch Club' Offers Healthy, Delicious Meals Daily
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Gamified Company Culture Apps
Gamified Company Culture Apps
L'Oreal's Culture Fit App Helps Streamline the On-Boarding Process
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Beauty Branded STEM Awards
Beauty Branded STEM Awards
Estee Lauder is Awarding Women in STEM Fields
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Video-Based Telemedicine Platforms
Video-Based Telemedicine Platforms
'Doctor on Demand' Offers Professional Medical Advice
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Women-Only eSports Race Competitions
Women-Only eSports Race Competitions
SimBin Studios Caters to Women with Women and Wheels
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Same-Day Home Furnishing Deliveries
Same-Day Home Furnishing Deliveries
The Home Furnishing Company Floyd Offers Same-Day Delivery
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On-Demand Furniture Delivery Services
On-Demand Furniture Delivery Services
'TappTruck' Offers Access to Moving Help and Delivery
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Drive-Thru Ramen Restaurants
Drive-Thru Ramen Restaurants
Shin-Sen-Gumi 2GO Offers Japanese Dishes via Drive-Thru
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Responsive Beauty Shops
Responsive Beauty Shops
The Shiseido Flagship Boasts a Next-Gen Counter and Consulation Mirror
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Cryptocurrency Adult Entertainment Payments
Cryptocurrency Adult Entertainment Payments
Verge Can Now Be Used to Buy Pornhub Premium Content
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Convenient Public Transport Planners
Convenient Public Transport Planners
The Jakdojade App Makes the Daily Commute in Poland Easier
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Gamer-Friendly Hotel Rooms
Gamer-Friendly Hotel Rooms
Alienware's Room 2425 at the Hilton Panama is Decked Out in Gaming Gear
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Religious Flower Petal Recycling
Religious Flower Petal Recycling
Help Us Green is Recycling Salvaged Flower Petals into Incense
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House-Flipping Real Estate Services
House-Flipping Real Estate Services
Zillow is Now Flipping Houses for Those Eager to Sell
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In-Flight Tea Services
In-Flight Tea Services
Virgin Atlantic Will Soon Be Serving Afternoon Tea on a Plane
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Branded Grocer Podcasts
Branded Grocer Podcasts
Inside Trader Joe's is a Podcast from the National Grocery Store Chain
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Blockchain-Based Traveling Platforms
Blockchain-Based Traveling Platforms
UbiatarPlay Offers an Innovative Way to Travel with P2P
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Customized Dog Socks
Customized Dog Socks
PupSocks Helps Pet Owners Sport the Image of Their Furry Best Friend
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Responsive Drive-Thru Signage
Responsive Drive-Thru Signage
Samsung's Outdoor Digital Signage Changes Based on Variables
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At-Home Wedding Ring Try-Ons
At-Home Wedding Ring Try-Ons
Jordan Jack is Simplifying Wedding Band Shopping with a New Service
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Chinese Ride-Share Expansions
Chinese Ride-Share Expansions
China's Didi Chuxing is Planning its First Out-of-Country Push
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Small Business-Expanding Programs
Small Business-Expanding Programs
Womply Boost Aims to Aid Small Business Through Local Searches
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Automated Business Data Platforms
Automated Business Data Platforms
'Tonkean' Helps Teams Stay Connected and Informed
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On-Demand Non-Emergency Rides
On-Demand Non-Emergency Rides
Ford's GoRide Service Helps People Get to Doctor's Appointments
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eSports Betting Services
eSports Betting Services
eSports Betting Tipster Offers Better Bet TIps for Gaming Events
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Blockchain-Based Travel Platforms
Blockchain-Based Travel Platforms
Bookingjini Cuts Out the Need for Travel Agents and Lowers Costs
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Royal Wedding-Themed Cereals
Royal Wedding-Themed Cereals
Harry and Meghan's Marriage is Commemorated in a Wedding Cereal
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Local Advertising Platforms
Local Advertising Platforms
Waze Local is Making Advertising Easier for Small Businesses
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Luxury Car Subscription Services
Luxury Car Subscription Services
Lexus is Introducing a Car Subscription Service Later This Year
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Negotiation-Focused eCommerce Platforms
Negotiation-Focused eCommerce Platforms
'Negotiabl' Lets Shoppers Barter Directly with Merchants
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High School eSports Leagues
High School eSports Leagues
The PlayVS Startup Wants to Use eSports as an Educational Tool
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Human-Run English Checkers
Human-Run English Checkers
FluentExpress Helps Non-English Speakers Communicate Fluently
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Personalized Magazine Covers
Personalized Magazine Covers
ELLE's Custom Magazine Prioritizes Customer Engagement
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Automated P2P Check-In Services
Automated P2P Check-In Services
7-Eleven Offers an Efficient & Convenient Travel Experience
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DNA-Based Lifestyle Changes
DNA-Based Lifestyle Changes
Genetic Lifehacks Aims to Optimize Users’ Lifestyles
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P2P Personalized Travel Tours
P2P Personalized Travel Tours
CityUnscripted Brings Travelers and Locals Together in 35 Cities
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Drive-Up Department Stores
Drive-Up Department Stores
Target is Adding a Drive-Up Service to Hundreds of Retail Locations
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In-Airport Fragrance Kiosks
In-Airport Fragrance Kiosks
Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport Now Offers a Fragrance Service
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In-Home Personal Training Services
In-Home Personal Training Services
Vintage Fitness Builds Specialized Programs for Individuals 50+
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Entrepreneur-Guiding Platforms
Entrepreneur-Guiding Platforms
The 'Upmetrics.co' Business Plan Software Brings Ideas to Life
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Blockchain-Based Loyalty Programs
Blockchain-Based Loyalty Programs
Latesso and qiibee's Team Up is a Pioneering Example
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Spontaneous Travel Tour Bookings
Spontaneous Travel Tour Bookings
Vayable Allows Users to Experience the City with Locals
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Empowering Culinary Startups
Empowering Culinary Startups
Farming Hope Offers Opportunity for the Homeless to Better Land Jobs
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Life Event-Funding Benefits
Life Event-Funding Benefits
Boxed Online Grocer Offers Funding for Weddings and College Tuition
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Redesigned Iconic Logos
Redesigned Iconic Logos
Abott Miller Has Revamped the 37-Year-Old American Express Logo
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Mobile Fragrance Concept Trucks
Mobile Fragrance Concept Trucks
L'Occtaine's L'Occi Truck Will Engage Consumers with the Brand
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Wellness-Centric Business Districts
Wellness-Centric Business Districts
Hassell's Qianhai Mawan Mile Design is Award-Winning
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Grain-Based Grocery Pop-Ups
Grain-Based Grocery Pop-Ups
The Grain & Graze Pop-Up Celebrates Pulses, Seeds, Nuts and More
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Food Channel Product Brands
Food Channel Product Brands
'Food Network Kitchen Inspirations' is a Line of Sauces & Meal Kits
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Facial Recognition Coffee Shops
Facial Recognition Coffee Shops
This Facial Recognition for Cafes Offers More Personal Service
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Technologically Advanced Hip Hotels
Technologically Advanced Hip Hotels
The Form Hotel in Dubai Has Luxe Futuristic High-End Amenities
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Supportive Multi-Brand Shops
Supportive Multi-Brand Shops
'50m' is an Experimental Concept Store Showcasing Emerging Designers
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Luxury-Minded Retirement Residences
Luxury-Minded Retirement Residences
Waterstone at the Circle Encourages Urban Senior Living
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Clean Beauty eCommerce Expansions
Clean Beauty eCommerce Expansions
Follian is Opening Brick-and-Mortar Locations in America
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Premium Online Butcher Shops
Premium Online Butcher Shops
Porter Road Offers Quality Meat Through an E-Commerce Platform
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On-Demand Pickup Services
On-Demand Pickup Services
Postmates Pickup Allows Greater Convenience for Buyers and Sellers
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American-Styled Diner Pop-Ups
American-Styled Diner Pop-Ups
The Diner Pop-Up Has Been Installed Inside of a Milan Railway Arch
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Energy-Efficient QSR Restaurants
Energy-Efficient QSR Restaurants
This Small-Format Wendy's Restaurant Design Reduces Energy Use
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CBD Nail Care Kits
CBD Nail Care Kits
Bellacures and Kush Queen Collaborated on the 'Canna-Cure Kit'
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Literary-Inspired Coffee Roasters
Literary-Inspired Coffee Roasters
Balzac's Coffee Roasters Focuses on Sustainability and Quality
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Award-Winning Employee Initiatives
Award-Winning Employee Initiatives
Ultimate Software's MVP Award is a Prestigious Employee Benefit
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Face-to-Face Drive-Thru Ordering
Face-to-Face Drive-Thru Ordering
Chick-fil-A's 'Face-to-Face Ordering' Speeds Up Its Drive-Thru
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Exclusively Mature Modeling Agencies
Exclusively Mature Modeling Agencies
Russian Modeling Agency Oldushka Specializes in Mature Talent
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High-End Cannabis Retail Expansions
High-End Cannabis Retail Expansions
Madmen is Expanding Its Stores to New York City
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Zero-Waste Cafe Pop-Ups
Zero-Waste Cafe Pop-Ups
Ecover's Cafe Will Only Accept Recyclable Plastic as Payment
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Physical eCommerce Store Pop-Ups
Physical eCommerce Store Pop-Ups
eCommerce Store Brandless is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Pop-Up
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eCommerce Occasionwear Brands
eCommerce Occasionwear Brands
Amazon's 'Truth & Fable' Takes Cues from Red Carpet Style
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Entrepreneurial Social Networks
Entrepreneurial Social Networks
The 'Leapcrowd' Platform Helps Entrepreneurs Connect
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Sustainable Hospitality Startups
Sustainable Hospitality Startups
The terus Startup Helps Restaurants Reduce Their Overall Waste
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Vibrant Open-Concept Workspaces
Vibrant Open-Concept Workspaces
Project Spaces Offers Remote Workers an Affordable Office Setting
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Personal eCommerce Website Platforms
Personal eCommerce Website Platforms
'Diggsweep' Creates a Unique URL and Site for Your Sale
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Multifunctional Retail Hotels
Multifunctional Retail Hotels
Suppose Design Office's Hotel Koé is Inspired by a Modern Teahouse
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Age-Defying Modelling Agencies
Age-Defying Modelling Agencies
SILVER's Roaster of Silver Models is Exceptional and Inspirational
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Mobile Curbside Delivery Apps
Mobile Curbside Delivery Apps
The FlyBuy App Engenders Curbside Pickup for Any Restaurant
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Handheld Flower Delivery Cartons
Handheld Flower Delivery Cartons
Tonic Blooms' Carton Packaging is Chic and Functional
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VR Sneaker Galleries
VR Sneaker Galleries
Six Hundred Four Launched an Experience That Fuses eCommerce and VR
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Design-Focused App Accounts
Design-Focused App Accounts
An Official Instagram Design Account is Showcasing Creative Works
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Innovative Social Cafes
Innovative Social Cafes
Boxcar Social Cafe and Bar Offers Fine Food and Drinks in a Unique Setting
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eSport Bar Chains
eSport Bar Chains
Kappa Bar is Sweden's Largest Gaming Bar Chain and Plans for Expansion
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Secret Cabin Retreats
Secret Cabin Retreats
Slow Cabins Don't Reveal the Location Until the Trip is Booked
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