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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
Local and relevant museum trips, curated and managed for schools
The world is full of educational opportunities for kids, but schools often don’t have the budget or the staff to organize a trip outside of the school gates for an entire class of children. That’s why EdTrips is aiming to quickly connect schools with curriculum-relevant venues through its comprehensive online management tool. READ MORE…
Platform helps businesses find nearby investors and partners
For VCs and angel investors, there’s often some hesitation about investing in a business if they’re located in another city or country. Not only do those who invest locally feel more secure about the types of ventures they’re working with, but they also gain a sense of satisfaction from helping their business community. New York’sCSA+D studio has already helped funders support local artists in return for a share of the profit. Now Partner Hunt is a service that lets investors find businesses close to them in need of funding. READ MORE…
City guides from real life cool people
Travel review sites are a good way to see what the general populace thinks of a particular venue or location. However, everyone is different and what works for one person might not for another. Australia’s Nectar & Pulse has already enabled users to get travel tips from locals who match their taste. Now Scouted offers city guides to coffeeshops, restaurants and bars written by the people who actually hang out there. READ MORE…
App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. READ MORE…
Locally-farmed meat boxes helps consumers better connect with the food they eat
Supermarkets are convenient for the consumer, but rely on a complicated supply chain and often sell food that has travelled for hundreds or thousands of miles before it lands on shoppers’ plates. We recently wrote about FreshRealm, which is using USPS to cut out the middleman and get food to consumers straight from the farm, and now a new enterprise called AgLocal is delivering meat packages from customers’ local farms, along with information that lets them know more about what they’re eating. READ MORE…
Packaging lets consumers message the farmers that made their food
Consumers don’t often have an intimate knowledge of where the food they buy at the supermarket or consume in restaurants comes from, but we have seen efforts to greater inform customers, most recently with the Harney Sushi restaurant, which details its sustainable fishing practices through edible QR codes on the meals themselves. Going slightly further, however, Cisse Trading Co. is now including QR codes on its baked goods and hot drinks that enable customers to send a message to the farmers that harvested the ingredients. READ MORE…
Investors scheme supports local artists, offers artworks instead of shares
For a while now, the community-supported agriculture model has been connecting residents with locally farmed goods in return for investing in those farms. Aiming to do the same for the arts, CSA+D in Brooklyn, NY, is a studio which enables those in the community to purchase shares in the work it produces. READ MORE…
4-acre urban farm is made up of multiple resident’s gardens
While the Netherland’s Dakboerin has helped urban gardeners to build new growing spaces on city rooftops, Green City Acres in Canada is making use of existing greenery, taking over resident’s gardens to create a decentralized farm. READ MORE…
Platform makes home DVD watching social
It’s occasionally the case that cinemagoers aren’t enthralled by the choice of new releases offered, and sometimes it’s just easier to stay in and stick a DVD on. We’ve already seen Mobz enable Brazilian consumers to choose what gets screened at their local cinema, and now The Couchers is solving the second problem, by turning home film watching into a social experience. READ MORE…
Through app, consumers connect with local fashion boutiques based on social interests
The fashion industry and social networks are just as dynamic as each other, which is perhaps why they lend themselves well to each other in a retail scenario, something that Material Wrld has already picked up on. Now the walkby app enables users to ‘follow’ new trends or products in order to receive notifications when local boutique stores have stock that matches their interests. READ MORE…
Fresh fish subscription delivers local seafood caught that week
Springwise has seen its fair share of food subscription services over the years, covering almost anything from artisan breads to meal and music combinations. Our latest spotting is UK’s Catchbox, a non-profit co-operative that delivers whatever fresh fish has been caught by local fishermen each week. READ MORE…
3D-printed rocking stool can be made anywhere and is constructed in seconds
Flatpack goods are meant to make installing new furniture easy for homeowners, but they can often be more hassle than they’re worth, especially when they’re made of cheap materials. Fabsie is enabling customers to purchase a locally-made flatpack stool from anywhere – or even cut it themselves – and assemble it in seconds. READ MORE…
Online farmer’s market enables local, subscription-based food communities
It may be feasible for a large hospital to build and operate its own organic greenhouse, but that’s simply not an option for countless other organizations and communities, however much they might want similar produce. Enter Farmigo, a site that connects local farms with groups such as workplaces, schools and community centers for custom delivery subscriptions direct to a convenient community location. READ MORE…
In Finland, a crowdfunding platform for community projects
Following on from our coverage of Smallknot, the US site that enables residents to support their favorite local businesses with donations, we’ve now discovered another similarly community-minded crowdfunding platform. Operating in Finland, Brickstarter encourages citizens to take civic projects into their own hands, rather than waiting for governments to pick them up. READ MORE…
From Brooklyn, a curated source of locally made gifts


We’ve been writing for years about the power of local roots to give a product extra appeal, and recently we came across another notable example. Similar in many ways to the likes of A Vida Portuguesa and Canadian Blank, With Love, From Brooklyn is a company that curates and sells a variety of gift items that are made in its local area. READ MORE…