Business ideas



Furniture company thinks inside the box

5:06PM | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Latvian company has created futuristic fold-away furniture for people who live in cramped apartments. Could a similar opportunity exist in Australia?

Wind turbines create drinking water

5:54PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Wind turbines have often been cited as an answer to climate change. Now scientists believe they may hold the key to our water problems too.

Online service fast-tracks criminal history checks

5:26PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The process of conducting a criminal background check has been significantly simplified by National Crime Check. Could there be similar untapped niches in the market?

JoeyBra offers users security and support

5:24PM | Thursday, 10 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sick of losing your phone? There’s a new way to stay abreast of where you put it last.

Gender-reveal parties a quirkier alternative to baby showers

5:24PM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurial cake shops in the UK are helping parents to celebrate learning their baby’s gender. It’s an opportunity waiting to be delivered in Australia.

eCoffeeCard keeps loyalty cards together

5:14PM | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do café loyalty cards clog up your wallet? Here’s an app that can help.

Automatic washing machine for motorcycles and scooters

5:16PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you love your Harley? Well, there’s now an automatic washing machine on the market for motorbikes and scooters.

Suburban Camping Co. conjures up nostalgia

5:25PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to go camping, but been too lazy to leave your backyard? If so, the Suburban Camping Company has your next “trip” planned.

Motorised surfboard rides the tech wave

5:25PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

What do you get if you cross a jet ski with the mobility of a surfboard? A watersports revolution known as the WaveJet.

Couture-quality fashion for disabled women

5:55PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Xeni is a fashion label that makes couture-quality clothing for women who use wheelchairs.

Mobile technology has the X-ray factor

5:30PM | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A mobile phone with X-ray vision could be just around the corner – or behind the wall.

Gym-goers hungry for movie-inspired workout

4:38PM | Monday, 30 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Gyms are tapping into the latest movie craze by offering members The Hunger Games workout, suggesting there could be a market for movie-inspired workouts.

Nubrella a brand-nu idea for an everyday item

4:47PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

With Summer fast fading to a distant memory, the rain clouds are out with a vengeance. This was once the season of umbrellas that blow apart with the slightest breeze – until the Nubrella came along.

Tablecloth keeps kids entertained

4:02PM | Thursday, 26 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Anyone who has children knows they love to draw – on everything. With that in mind, a tablecloth has been designed that allows children to draw on it to their hearts content.

Printer creates 3D chocolates

4:44PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A chocolate printer that allows sweets lovers to create custom-made 3D treats is to go on sale for $3,850.

Apple-inspired perfume hits the right note

4:11PM | Monday, 23 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Perfume is going high-tech, with a new fragrance that claims to smell like a new Apple laptop.

Rovio turns Angry Birds into TV series

4:03PM | Friday, 20 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Feathers will fly on the box with mobile game Angry Birds being made into a TV show.

Adjustable high heel takes the pain out of fashion

4:27PM | Thursday, 19 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An adjustable high heel that tells you when your feet need a break has been created by students, answering women’s prayers everywhere.

Warm On bath pebbles an ultra-hot idea

4:38PM | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

For those people who love to lie back in a hot bubble bath and let the water soak up their stress, there is a device that aims to ensure their experience is as enjoyable as possible.

The writing’s on the (virtual) wall

4:03PM | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new phone app creates a virtual wall at popular places and tourist attractions, so visitors can see messages and videos from those who came before.