5 Unique Services and Business ideas


10242011_RamenSquare_inlineKang’s brainchild for a vending machine that makes fresh customized Ramen noodles in about three minutes was hatched when he was a Ramen-noodle-loving college student. Kang now 35, wants to recreate “a ramen experience” for college students in Chicago, and then expand to food kiosks at airports and malls. “Currently there are only two places to recreate this experience, at home or at a gourmet restaurant,” says Kang. Kang plans to officially launch his freestanding noodle business in January 2012 at universities in the Chicago-area.

2-Devon’s Dirt Cheap Compost:

A business plan that discusses horse manure and worms is likely to make a strong impression. And Devon Maher’s plan for an environmentally friendly business that “specializes in the collation and distribution of worm waste through the process of “vermi-composting,” which uses the critters to feed on decomposing waste material like kitchen scraps to produce a nutrient-rich fertilizer, made a powerful impression on Mindy Walls, the director, Entrepreneurship Center, at the University of West Virginia’s College of Business and Economics, a sponsor of the competition. “I loved the idea,” says Walls. “It’s simple but brilliant.” Maher, 24 is a college junior and has plans to pursue the business when he graduates. “It would not only bring a fresh new life to the agricultural aspect of the West Virginia business market, but it would also help clean up the soil and environment by removing a need for chemical based fertilizers,” Maher says.

3-MyBad Industries:

Does being a college student mean never having to say you’re sorry? It does if you’re the founders of MyBad Industries, which earlier this year, created a collection of T-shirts that reads “MyBad” on the front, and “I’m a Work in Progress” on the back.”We call this apology lifestyle clothing,” says Zach Rohde, 19, now a Skidmore sophomore. Since the ubiquitous “my bad” has become a catch-all expression for Generation Y, Rohde believes he can take the brand much further “I’d like to do a MyBad collection on college campuses, and in the long-run, expand into making Ed Hardy style clothing.”


What can you do when your feet are aching and a good foot massage is in short supply? The solution could be in your socks. The promise of Massox, men’s designer socks made of bamboo fiber and equipped with acupressure massagers inside sock’s surface is to relax the feet.  According to its website, Massox “uses wisdom from the past and technology from the present, to create sustainable socks of the future.” Definitely, not your father’s tube socks. “There are so many things that can be done with socks,” says founder Jeffrey Bishchoff who graduated this spring. “We want to become the premiere therapeutic sock brand that offers comfort, health and modern style as well.”

5-Wix: Nick Friend, Chris Beardsley, Russell Greenberg Winners at the A. Lorne Weil Outrageous Business Plan Competition at Columbia Business School, 2010

Murray Low calls the Wix concept “perfect for tailgating parties.” The team created the Wix Sidecar, a liquid filled disposable cartridge that fits comfortably over a soda can. “Think a portable Jack-and Coke in less than three seconds,” according to a posting on Lang Entrepreneurship Center’s Facebook page. These instant mixed cocktails have other advantages: “No spills. No cup. No makeshift bar.” And the winners received a $7,000 first prize.





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