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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Search engine donates 100% of profits to users’ chosen charities
While it doesn’t look like it’s power is going wane any time soon, there are internet users who disagree with Google’s corporate tax setup or privacy policies and would happily use a different search engine. We’ve already seen charitable efforts such asEcosia — which donates 80 percent of its income to reforestation in Brazil — but now Sleio is a search engine that enables users to choose which charitable causes the company sends donations too. READ MORE…
App forces users to give to charity for playing cheesy tracks on Spotify
Handing over money to charity is enough for some to feel good about themselves, but nonprofits and social good organizations often find it difficult to elicit donations without offering something in return. We’ve already seen gaming site GoodGames let users raise money simply by playing ad-supported titles, and now the UK’s Guilty Pledgers is hoping to do something similar for music — charging partygoers for adding an embarrassing track to a Spotify playlist and sending the cash to charity. READ MORE…
‘Business cards’ for homeless people let anyone donate with their phone
When it comes to giving money to members of a city’s homeless community, many people worry that their change isn’t going to fund essentials such as food or shelter. While startups such as TaskTurtle have already attempted to tackle the problem by offering sustenance in exchange for work, San Francisco’s HandUp is now using business cards to let citizens donate food credits to people in need through their mobiles. READ MORE…
Micro-donations take a percentage of donors’ daily spending
We’ve already seen charities and nonprofits look towards new technologies to enable easier giving opportunities for consumers, such as CentUp — the scheme that attaches micro-donation buttons to viral content to reward creators and good causes. Now Changefolio is also taking advantage of small donations, enabling shoppers to automatically give money to charities based on the cash they spend on the high street. READ MORE…
Google alternative helps rainforest regeneration through ad clicks
Consumers now spend a large proportion of both their work and leisure time browsing and searching the internet, and we’ve already seen initiatives like Ark help turn that activity into funding for charities and social causes. Hoping to win a slice of the search engine market, Germany-based Ecosia is now offering an alternative to Google and Bing, enabling users to generate income for rainforest programs by directing ad revenue to nonprofits. READ MORE…
Glove Love is a matchmaking service for lost and lonely gloves
It’s always annoying when one of a pair of gloves becomes damaged or lost, essentially rendering the other one useless. We’ve already seen how Woolfiller can help breathe new life into woolen garments without the need for darning, and now Glove Love aims to solve the second problem, by coupling single gloves from lost property boxes, and handstitching them to create a brand new pair. READ MORE…
Social app puts bad habits to good use
Bad habits are not only detrimental to the people that are chained to them, but can also be annoying for others. Acting as a digital swear jar, a new app from Romania — Social Rehub — collects money every time users blaspheme, or commit any other bad habit decided by their friends. READ MORE…

With Feedie, that foodstagram could help nourish a starving child
We’ve already seen Spain’s FoodShareFilter offer a way to leverage Instagram hashtags to promote social causes through the image sharing app. Now Feedie is hoping to use its own platform to turn shared food photos into funds for a charity fighting hunger in South Africa. READ MORE…
This machine makes surrendering items at airport security a good thing
Airport security has become ever tighter over the years, which is good for safety but can cause irritation for travelers. Nowadays customers can’t take bottles of liquid on board and are asked to relinquish them at security checks, which is annoying and also bad for the environment when they’re sent to landfill. In order to tackle this problem, Frankfurt Airport has set up recycling banks for those bottles, giving customers the additional option to send money to the charity of their choice. READ MORE…
Crowdfunding site uses milestones to energize support for social projects
While Brickstarter – the Finnish crowdfunding concept that aimed to get communities involved in bringing to life civic projects that the local government couldn’t afford to implement – hasn’t yet been adapted as a working tool, a new platform called SocialProject.PH is now hoping to rally the masses to support social good initiatives through milestone-based funding campaigns. READ MORE…
Smartphones help detect illegal deforestation in real-time
Illegal logging is a problem around the world, and we’ve already seen the Malaysia Forestry Departmentemploy RFID tags to track trees if they’re felled. Now environmental charity Rainforest Connection wants to be able to detect criminals in action in real-time, by hanging solar-powered smartphones from trees. READ MORE…
Farmville-like game raises money for Hurricane Sandy victims
It may well have been several months since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US last year, but restoring the destruction it caused is still ongoing. Repair The Rockaways is a new platform that gamifies the donation process to charities rebuilding communities in the affected area. READ MORE…
Child abuse ad shows helpline info only to kids
While some innovations such as the Colombian Kid Rescue app call on adults to flag instances of child abuse in public, it can be down to the child to speak up when it takes place in private. With this in mind, Mexico’s ANAR Foundation developed an ad that uses lenticular printing technology to display encouraging messages to children that adults can’t read. READ MORE…
Baby paintings marketplace transforms doodles into personalized modern art to raise money for charity
There are already numerous platforms that enable consumers to customize or personalize a work of art before they buy it. But how about combining the two, while raising money for a social cause? Australia-based Jellybeanstreet aims to do just that, allowing parents to create large scale replicas of their baby’s art, modify it and sell it to friends and family to support children’s charities. READ MORE…
Points-based supermarket tackles unemployment in Italy
The People’s Supermarket in London is one example of a grocery store that offers lower prices in exchange for a few hours work each month. Now the Portobello supermarket in Italy is hoping to use the business model to tackle unemployment and poverty in an area struck by the credit crisis. READ MORE…