Business ideas



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!

A flexible solution for light sleepers

9:24PM | Friday, 6 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Want to have more enlightened dreams? Here's one invention that can light the way.

Toast the good news: Beer that tastes good on bread

9:43PM | Thursday, 5 September 2013 | StartupSmart

Beer butter is exactly what it sounds like: Two indulgences turned into one slightly warped but certainly intriguing product.

Meet the $US279,000 flying car

9:00PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Andrew Sadauskas

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction. Now roadable aircraft maker Terrafugia is working on the second generation of its flying car – and it could be yours for just $US279,000.

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.