5 Websites to Get Inspired for Your Startup Idea

Posted on May 6, 2011

So you’ve decided that starting your own business is the right thing for you. You love being your own boss, working on projects you find meaningful and you have the energy that’s needed to get things done. But where to find the right startup idea? Here are 5 websites that can help you to find the inspiration you are looking for.



Do you want to start something innovative? Check what people miss on the market at IdeasWatch. Creative minds share here (and keep sharing) hundreds of ideas they would love to use if they existed. Thanks to global scope of IdeasWatch you can discuss their business models, technical solution or marketing with other entrepreneurs, investors or geeks from all over the world. The international community also helps to spot similar projects in another country. If you fall in love with one of the ideas you can easily form a team with other people passionate about the same idea and start a business together.


Would you rather start something that already exists and proved itself? Keep an eye on Springwise. More than 8,000 spotters bring new ideas from many countries on daily basis. The editors choose them very carefully to keep the high quality. Feel free to get inspired and try to run a similar idea in your region or in a different way. The website is visually very appealing thanks to pictures and nice headings for each idea. An advantage and drawback at the same time is the number of subscribers – more than 150,000 people receive the same idea, so act quickly!

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Cool Business Ideas

Want another source of realized ideas like Springwise? From time to time look at Cool Business Ideas. The concept is practically the same, however, they have a much smaller community of spotters and less subscribers. This makes the ideas more scarce (less people want to do it). There are usually tangible products you might want to import to your country if they are not already there. The ideas differs from Springwise so there is no reason not to check both.

Killer Startups

Looking for emerging internet startups? Subscribe to Killer Startups. This site allows anyone to submit a startup for free. It is therefore popular among early-stage entrepreneurs to promote their projects. From the websites featured in this article, they publish by far the most startups per day (15+). The quality is varying though. Some of the startups turn out later to be quite big,while others keep their school-project-look and never grow up. Nevertheless, both are inspirational. It might not be that hard to catch up when you see a good idea that is poorly realized.


Do you like concept of Killer Startups but prefer less ideas in exchange for higher quality? Try Startupli.st. You might even get a special opportunity to be one of the first who uses them. The sites are usually very professional and probably with investors backing them. You might not be able to start the very same business easily but you can somehow think about featured startups and get inspired indirectly.

Where do you look for the startup ideas?

18 Replies to "5 Websites to Get Inspired for Your Startup Idea"

  • Samuel
    May 7, 2011 (2:20 am)

    This is really awesome! I know about springwise and killerstartups! I will check out the rest. Thanks so much for sharing :) Have fun

    • Michal
      May 8, 2011 (3:48 am)

      Thanks. Glad to hear that :)

  • Richard Weakes
    May 7, 2011 (9:52 am)

    Similar to start up list I’ve found http://hallofbeta.com/ and http://betali.st/

  • Lakhyajyoti
    May 7, 2011 (10:44 am)

    Great list.Except IdeasWatch all are new to me.

  • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing
    May 7, 2011 (3:36 pm)

    Springwise wants you to copy other businesses?

    • Michal
      May 8, 2011 (3:52 am)

      To adopt, not to copy.

      Here is Springwise in their own words:

      “Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation.”

      • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing
        May 8, 2011 (6:41 am)

        I see a thin gray line, perhaps it’s just me…

  • Henway
    May 7, 2011 (9:08 pm)

    Great sites for ideas. I also would recommend checking out Hacker News which is a community for hackers. Some of the posts are people pitching their startup idea to others.

  • William Veasley
    May 8, 2011 (5:00 am)

    Hey Michal,

    This is really great stuff, and I look forward to checking some of them out! I need all the inspiration I can get, and that’s why I love blogging and everything that comes with it. Mostly all the wonderful tips!


    God bless,
    William Veasley

  • Jan
    May 10, 2011 (4:35 am)

    Excellent article, Michal! Keep it coming :) I personally love the concept of http://www.ideaswatch.com/, come back often.

  • Tiana
    May 12, 2011 (11:54 am)

    This is fantastic! I will definitely look into all of these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shivam Garg
    May 13, 2011 (10:30 am)

    Hey Michal,
    Thank you for the information.I was looking for such a thing.

  • Andrew @ Blogging Guide
    May 19, 2011 (6:34 am)

    Great Job. Inspiration is such a magical word that helps us accomplish our goals in positive or favorable results.

  • Bane
    May 21, 2011 (6:56 pm)

    http://www.pravaideja.com is similar site 😉

  • jenny
    February 23, 2012 (2:04 am)

    good place to start would be http://www.wickedstartups.com they review fast 

  • Jay
    March 5, 2012 (4:38 pm)

    Might want to check out http://www.New-Startups.com as well

  • Brenn Almario
    May 20, 2012 (1:07 pm)

    I’m now listing down all sites that ca help for a startup ideas, and sharing it out to other people. And as of now i’m currently creating a News Startup Magazine (all about startup and news).

  • Ana Alvina
    April 2, 2014 (10:32 pm)

    nice article.. i

    I have some recommendations …

    How did your friends? ^_^

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