Business ideas



Tent tackles festival trash

11:16PM | Monday, 25 November 2013 | StartupSmart

Anyone who’s been to a multi-day music festival is likely to have a horror story or two about the mess left behind by their fellow concert-goers. Enter the tent that doubles as a garbage bag.

Disposable plates and bowls too good for the bin

10:56PM | Monday, 28 October 2013 | StartupSmart

One design firm wants to improve the appearance of disposable paper plates.

Skol, Vikings: Horn glass has you drinking like a medieval Norse warrior

10:48PM | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever felt like going medieval and carousing like a Viking? Thanks to this invention, you now can.

Cloudy with bright patches

10:40PM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Ever wanted to bring the outdoors inside? Now you can with this zany new invention.

A house you’ll be happy to let your cat scratch apart

10:54PM | Monday, 14 October 2013 | StartupSmart

A feline scratching up a house is no longer a cat-astrophe, thanks to a product with a sharp new design your moggy will feel right at home using.

The hamster wheel of fashion

10:47PM | Thursday, 10 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Have you ever wanted to dress up a tiny domesticated rodent as Captain America? Well, in the unlikely event you have, one business is now making it possible.

Watching out for wasted time

10:45PM | Monday, 7 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Perfect for any time-poor and easily distracted ideas person, this watch tells you what the rest of the world is most likely up to at any given time.

Flat out in the kitchen

10:48PM | Thursday, 3 October 2013 | StartupSmart

Like a flat-packed swiss army knife, these three kitchen tools that transform into six are sure to be a popular option with homes (and storage spaces) getting smaller and outdoor activities about to increase with the warm months.

Sitting down for a workout

10:18PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | StartupSmart

With most of us sitting down at desks in front of computers for much of our working day, there’s an increasing number of reports emerging about the adverse impact it’s having on our health.

Making a national impression

9:26PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Many patriotic Americans love hamburgers. So it should come as little surprise that a barbeque supply company in the US has begun selling a hamburger press shaped like the USA.

Customising cutlery for that special occasion

9:27PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Are you looking for a first date experience that can really cut through? If so, this cutlery set is for you.

Wake up and smell the toast

9:22PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | StartupSmart

In this day and age, earning a crust can be tough. Thankfully, you can be sure you always smell delicious at work, thanks to this new toast-scented perfume.

Take your tablet with food

9:59PM | Friday, 20 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Knife makers Victorinox have created a knife block that features a handy shelf for your tablet.

Living in a fishbowl never looked so good

9:32PM | Thursday, 19 September 2013 | StartupSmart

There’s something rather fishy about these new handbags.

Finger candles make a point

9:37PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | StartupSmart

While we’ve come across many half-baked birthday ideas, this one really takes the cake.

The final straw for chopsticks

9:01PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | StartupSmart

The Asian version of the spork, designer Julian Lechner has created these soup chopstick straws that allow you to get every last drop out of a bowl of noodle soup.

How to speak designer: 99designs executive shares his tips for getting the best out of designers

9:19PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Jason Sew Hoy, the chief operations officer for 99designs, reveals the best way to encourage designers to create the kind of results you’re after.

Staying awake for timely marketing

9:06PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Now there’s a new way to reduce the road toll – and it’s also great for finding coffee.

Mermaid school brings childhood fantasy to life

9:55PM | Wednesday, 11 September 2013 | StartupSmart

This mermaid school in the Philippines is a perfect plan for those seeking to have a bit of fun with their start-up, and not promising too much.

Softly does it for kid-friendly furniture

9:16PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Kids these days – never watching where they’re going! Still, one furniture company has the perfect solution: Styrofoam cupboards!