We've scoured the globe to find the most innovative and exciting start-ups and early-stage businesses. Here are the top five that caught our eye in February 2017.
- Wayv: Dallas-based technology and design company Wayv introduced the Adventurer, a handheld microwave that works with quick-charging power packs. Set to launch in the US in 2017, the thermos-sized appliance can be kept (and charged) in a car or on a desk. It’s also ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
- The Nue Co: This LA and London-based luxury wellbeing brand specialises in ingestible powders to treat bloating, lack of energy and other issues. In particular, its Skin Food supplement is causing a buzz among beauty editors and bloggers. Its blend of plant extracts, protein and prebiotics brightens the complexion and feeds friendly bacteria in the gut. Launched exclusively on Net-A-Porter in January 2017, it will be available from the brand’s own website at the end of March.
- The Bouqs: This California-based online florist sources bouquets directly from farms, cutting out costs from middlemen and delivering flowers that last longer direct to the consumer. The company raised $24m in Series C financing in January 2017, bringing its total funding to $43m – the most an on-demand florist start-up has ever raised.
- The Vending Machine Art Gallery: The Vending Machine Art Gallery is a British pop-up art retail concept that sells prints by emerging artists from vending machines. Creating a democratised way to buy art outside of gallery spaces, the venture has been co-launched by Stylus editor Hannah S. The next Vending Machine Art Gallery event will take place in Brighton, UK on April 13.
- Naava: This Finnish company designs indoor green walls that suck pollution into the plants' roots and bring fresh air to offices and homes. The company raised more than €3m ($3m) in investment in January 2017, and plans to open its first international production facility in the US later this year.