9. Kono Pizza Description: Entrepreneurs David Ragosa, Greg Kinlaw and Carlo Ruggiero, launched Kono Pizza's U.S. operations in 2013 in Edison, N.J., catapulting the wildly popular European "pizza cone" concept into the U.S. The cone-shaped crusts created are filled with fresh, quality ingredients inspired by original Italian recipes, giving consumers a portable, healthier way to enjoy their favorite food. The co-founders have worked together for many years building successful franchises in the U.S. fitness, food and technology industries, including the well-known brands Let's YO! and Retro Fitness, before joining together to bring Kono Pizza to the states. Number of locations: Currently, there is one Kono Pizza location in Edison, N.J. and the brand has approximately 15 franchise units in the development pipeline with plans for growth nationwide. There are currently more than 130 Kono Pizza locations operating in 20 countries. Start-up Investment: $250,000-$400,000 What consumer trend are they hitting on? Kono Pizza is hitting on portability, taking a fun twist on a classic dish. Kono Pizza is also catering to health-conscious consumers because Kono Pizza is healthier than a traditional slice. The imported thin crust cone, fresh tomato sauce with a low moisture cheese and quality fresh ingredients results in reduced calories. Why is it a good business investment? Kono Pizza is taking on dominant pizza chains, Domino's ( DPZ), Papa John's ( PAPA) and Yum! Brands ( YUM) Pizza Hut but its unique approach to pizza is a bet these entrepreneurs were willing to take. "There are more than 70,000 pizzerias and fast-casual pizza joints, but no other franchise out there in the United States has a product like ours," Ragosa said in a release. "We are offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with an innovative franchise in the quick-service pizza segment -- a concept that's already been proven successful around the world."