Appear Here, a marketplace for short-term retail space, has announced the launch of its second 'Space for Ideas' competition in partnership with Square to discover the next three big retail ideas. Judged by a panel of industry professionals, the winning ideas each receive a two-week flagship space in one of the world's top retail destinations: London, Paris and New York. They'll also get the mentorship, design advice and budget to bring their idea to life.
This year's judging 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.
With the competition, Appear Here aims to give emerging brands and young designers the leg up they need to get started. The greatest challenge many of them face is finding affordable retail space and raising the funds to bring their ideas to life.
'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,' says Ross Bailey, founder and CEO of Appear Here. '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 that brands like Paul Smith 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 think what Space for Ideas can achieve by connecting these ideas to spaces in the world's best cities.'
Brands can enter now until 15 September 2017 via the Space for Ideas website here. The three winners will be announced on 21 September and will open their doors to the public on 18 October - 1 November.
The prize package includes:
* A two week, rent free flagship store in the heart of London, Paris or New York City.
* £3,000 to spend and up to £7.8k in design services from a leading retail design agency to bring the vision to life.
* Mentoring sessions from experts in the industry, competition partners and judges.
* Square POS hardware kit comprising Square contacless + chip reader, Square dock, Hecklet Design and Apple iPad Air.