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Quirky business ideas capture the imagination, start trends and boost revenues. Generally high risk, adding a touch of the unusual to a business concept isn’t for everyone, but an analysis of market trends and an acute awareness of the audience could result in a thriving business. Below are some of the most recent and successful start-ups to inspire and entertain.

BoxCycle – A used cardboard box marketplace

They’re one of those things you never think about until you absolutely need, and then are surprised at how hard they are to get hold of. Whether you’re moving or just need storage, BoxCycle is a green solution for businesses and individuals to trade, buy and sell their unused cardboard boxes. BoxCycle allows business to make a little money out of recycling and save on waste while buyers can view a range of box sizes for their needs.

The Pet Rock

Want a no-hassle pet? One that doesn’t mind if you come home late from work? Or forget to take it for a walk? Gary Dahl’s company pioneered the pet rock which, in its first 6 months of operation, raked in 15 million dollars. This seems unbelievable but the rocks, which come wrapped in a box with attached ‘googly’ eyes and a care manual, proved incredibly popular.

Flower – First defence hair clip

Forbes: The First Sign Hair Clip, from First Sign Technologies, can’t be called weird, but it is unusual. It’s a fashion accessory that its attempts to solve a very real issue facing women today: the threat of violent crime. The clip seems perfectly inconspicuous from the outside, but an accelerometer, gyroscope and microphone are the perfect tools for recognising and recording violent crime. When the wearer is attacked, the movement triggers a response to notify help and turns on the microphone for evidence gathering. This achieved over 100% of its funding on Indiegogo and is now in production.

Brixo – High tech Lego

Bringing Lego into the 21st century, Brixo is a modular, brick-based building system for invention and play. It’s wire-free, and you can all kinds of contraptions by using trigger blocks (sound, light, proximity, Bluetooth), action blocks (LEDs, motors), and connector blocks for completing circuits. They’re compatible with Lego, meaning you can make all the robots and vehicles you dreamed of as a child.

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