Would you like to win a two week, rent free flagship store in the heart of London, Paris or New York City? If so then you’ll be pleased to hear that payments company Square is working with Appear Here, the marketplace for short-term pop up space, to host a competition for small businesses to win a retail space for their idea.
“There is a magic in making an idea come to life. Which is why we want to give visionary designers, talented entrepreneurs, and budding creatives the chance to show the world what their ideas can do. We’re looking for people who can create something truly unique in their space. At Appear Here we believe that when the right idea hits the right space at the right time, great things can happen. When you think about brands like Paul Smith that have managed to build global empires off the back of a market stall, or even Appear Here’s own conception, which was sparked off the back of a small shop for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it’s exciting to see what Space for Ideas can achieve by connecting these ideas to spaces in the world’s best cities.”
– Ross Bailey, Appear Here founder and CEO
How it works
Starting today, the 31st of July, through until midnight on the 15th of September, brands can enter through the Space for Ideas website for (NYC / UK / FR). The three winners will open their doors to the public on the 18th of October through to the 1st of November.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our high streets. We’re excited to be partnering with Appear Here on this competition and look forward to helping the winners to start, run and grow their business with Square.”
– Sarah Harvey, Square UK
This year’s Space for Ideas judges panel includes fashion and commerce powerhouses Neil Blumenthal (co-founder of Warby Parker), Natalie Massenet (founder of Net-a-Porter), Nick Jones (founder of Soho House) and Ajaz Ahmed (founder of AKQA).
- A two week, rent free flagship store in the heart of London, Paris or New York City
- £3000 to spend and up to £8000 in design services from a leading retail design agency to help execute the vision
- Mentoring sessions from experts in the industry, competition partners and judges
- Square POS hardware kit