Business planning

Toepener opens doors for start-ups

Michelle Hammond /

ToepenerWithin crowded restaurants, workplaces and airports you will find plenty of people who fret about the amount of circulating germs.

 

The Toepener is a simple aluminum device that attaches to doors, enabling users to open the door with their feet and thus providing a sanitary, hands-free alternative.

 

Engineered by a group of business students at the University of Minnesota, the Toepener has already been installed at four restaurants and a school.

 

“It is the ideal solution for exiting a public restroom… The Toepener is a great way to help reduce the spread of germs and keep people healthy,” the website says.

 

The website also features a video of the tool in use, as well as amusing reenactments of life before the Toepener.

 

The Toepener might not be a particularly groundbreaking idea, but it certainly suggests there is demand for any device that can reduce the spread of germs. What other business ideas would appeal to consumers’ hygiene concerns?

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