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Springwise Updates

Add / Remove It’s always exciting to hear about the progress made by businesses that we’ve previously featured. Here are some updates from founders who have all got in touch to share their latest news: BetterDoctor While companies like ZocDoc make it easier for patients to get quickly connected with a health professional, BetterDoctor strives for quality of service, using … Read More »

Spray-on clothing comes one step closer to hitting the market

Add / Remove Consumers who can’t afford to pay a premium for tailored goods can spend hours upon hours in high street stores trying to find clothes that match their frame. Now Fabrican — a technology that sprays fabric directly onto the wearer’s body — could soon help users create their own perfectly-fitted clothes. Developed by Spanish designer Manel Torres, … Read More »

Airline offers passengers the chance to join the Mile High Club

Add / Remove While the legality and ethics of secretly making love on a commercial flight are a gray area at best, there’s no denying that passengers continue to join the Mile High Club. Spying a business opportunity, Ohio-based Flamingo Air has now opened up private flights specifically designed for customers to enjoy a more-than-romantic trip through the skies. Its … Read More »

Historic trade route re-opened to deliver groceries by sailboat

Add / Remove The Slow Food movement has for a while now been hoping to provide an alternative to fast food, which can sacrifice quality and social responsibility for speedy delivery and profit. The Vermont Sail Freight Project is now aiming to re-open a trade route between Vermont and New York in order to deliver local, non-perishable foods to those … Read More »

Bee-shaped device takes the sting out of injections

Add / Remove Shots aren’t an enjoyable thing to experience, and unhappy or tense patients make the job more difficult for the doctor. Designed to distract them from the pain of injections, Buzzy is a bee-shaped device that uses ice and vibrations to calm both kids and adults receiving shots. Created by pediatrician and pain researcher Dr Amy Baxter, the … Read More »

With help of app, consumers support brands with matching ideals

Add / Remove We’ve already seen crowdsourced barcode comments courtesy of Open Label, giving consumers more information about the products they buy. Now a new app called Buycott is helping shoppers stick to their principles by letting them know if brand histories clash with the causes they support. Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, users first … Read More »

Car roof storage doubles as a boat

Add / Remove Boats are cumbersome things to take on a trip, even when they’re a small rowboat. While the maker of the Ar Vag has already proposed one solution with his foldable canoe, the BoatBox is another option, suitable for storing luggage while driving and also for use as a rowboat. Typically, families who want some extra storage when … Read More »

Google Boosts Hong Kong Entrepreneurs

Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Monday that the company plans to tap into Hong Kong’s “natively entrepreneurial” culture and help incubate startups in partnership with a local university. Hong Kong — which is home to a number of multi-billion dollar property-led conglomerates founded by bootstrapping immigrants from mainland China — has “excellent connectivity [and is] an excellent place to do … Read More »

Growing Hong Kong’s Programmer Base

Gregory Gopman speaks with an attendee post presentation. Gregory Gopman is the Co-Founder and CEO of AngelHack and Co-Founder of Hackathon.io, and tonight he’s presenting to a packed house here in Hong Kong hosted by the SME Creativity Center. Three weeks from now Gopman will be hosting a hackathon in Hong Kong where techies will gather to code for a … Read More »

Hong Kong’s Startup Office Spaces

Wynd co-Founders Michael Ma and Rick Lam In the space of 2 to 3 years, Hong Kong has become a hotbed of startup activity. But startups need a place to live and grow, and Hong Kong’s astronomical real estate prices don’t provide the most conducive habitat for cash-strapped entrepreneurs. Enter the co-work space and/or virtual office. The co-workspace and virtual … Read More »