Business ideas



Fold-up bike gives travellers more mileage

9:29PM | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 | StartupSmart

A bike you can fold down and fit into your carry-on luggage may seem like a cute idea, but it's also a smart one that taps into multiple emerging trends.

Stay sharp in the kitchen while staying safe

9:12PM | Monday, 2 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Do you fear slicing off the tops of your fingers every time you use a sharp knife in the kitchen? If so, it might be time for you to get a shield.

The cake is the message

8:19PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Want to share the perfect message on a special occasion? Well, it's now a piece of cake.

Aqua taxi: Gold Coast businessman’s amphibious car plan could make a real splash

8:38PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Are you fed up with traffic, gridlock, noise and pollution? One Gold Coast businessman says a new method of transport will float in the marketplace.

Time to take your Wokamon for a walk

8:05PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | StartupSmart

It’s the Tamagotchi take two, with an added health twist.

A dental protection plan for your iPhone

8:39PM | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Part sentimental, part practical (those iPhones need protecting) and completely creepy, these iPhone denture cases are sure to cause a stir. It might just turn out to be the 21st century’s answer to the curl of hair in a locket keepsake.

Brewing up a unique hybrid

8:36PM | Monday, 26 August 2013 | StartupSmart

What’s the more refreshing brew – an iced tea or a cold beer? One brewery says both – combined.

Red line warning keeps revellers safe

8:20PM | Thursday, 22 August 2013 | StartupSmart

These clever cups can detect ‘roofies’ (also known as rohypnol), with red lines running up the side of the cup when the drug is present, sending a clear warning sign to drinkers.

New research reveals what makes a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

8:37PM | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | Rose Powell

A website that tracks Kickstarter campaigns has revealed its findings of the four key elements creative start-ups need to get right to maximise their fundraising chances.

Drunk on beery cupcake goodness

8:30PM | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | StartupSmart

When it comes to guilty pleasures, delicious cupcakes and ice cold beers are popular choices. But should the two products be combined? Well, now they have been.

Clean sweep for pet booties

8:43PM | Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Make the most of your adorable pets by putting them to work. Simply slip these fringed slippers onto their paws and have them help with the household chores.

Show your muffin top pride

8:29PM | Monday, 19 August 2013 | StartupSmart

As unlikely as it sounds, a new health product wants to encourage you to have a muffin top.

Keeping your head down with lazy device

8:46PM | Friday, 16 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Ever wanted to watch TV in bed but felt too lazy to grab an extra pillow? A new lazy device means you won’t need to move a finger.

Now here’s a puzzling proposition

8:14PM | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Putting together Ikea furniture can sometimes feel just like a puzzle. Now an entrepreneurial game designer has created a puzzle that feels just like putting together Ikea furniture.

Open your wallet to a crafty solution

8:26PM | Monday, 12 August 2013 | StartupSmart

While almost everything is going online these days, some physical problems need physical solutions, even if you expect to be able to solve them immediately.

Use your noodle and don’t get burnt

8:55PM | Friday, 9 August 2013 | StartupSmart

One of the problems with instant noodles cups is that you need to keep the flap down after you add boiling water. Thankfully, a new invention can help you keep a lid on the situation.

‘Selfie’ generation armed with a new tool for vanity

8:43PM | Wednesday, 7 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you sick of all your selfies being Wayne’s World-style extreme close-ups? A new tool allows you to take photos of yourself from over a metre away.

Put a little beast in your wine

8:25PM | Tuesday, 6 August 2013 | StartupSmart

A new range of wine stoppers are a little sheepish when it comes to being plunged head-first into a bottle.

Tea drinking cool for the minimalist modern

8:49PM | Monday, 5 August 2013 | StartupSmart

If innovation is your cup of tea, the Quattro teapot is the perfect product for you.

Conjuring a mythical beast cheaply

8:20PM | Friday, 2 August 2013 | StartupSmart

Why put up with a boring old pony when you can have a unicorn? Now a new invention can turn any horse into a mythical creature.