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Appear Here is looking for the next three “big retail ideas”

The second ‘Space for Ideas’ competition has been launched by Appear Here, a UK-based marketplace for short-term retail space. The competition looks to discover the next three “big retail ideas.”

Emerging brands and young designers will compete for a chance to win a two-week, rent free flagship space in London, Paris or New York, in addition to mentorship, design advice and a budget to bring their idea to life.

The competition is open now until Sept. 15, 2017 with the three winners set to be announced on Sept. 21. Their store doors will then open to the public on Oct. 18 to Nov. 1, 2017. The winners will receive $4,000 and design services from a leading retail design agency to help execute the vision, and Square POS and payment support technology including a contactless chip reader, dock and an iPad Air.

Thanks to Appear Here, brands including Littlesmith, Away and Mr. Doodle have scaled quickly. As of April 2017, Appear Here, which was launched in 2013,  has more than 4,000 retail spaces that have been listed on its marketplace in the U.K., France and New York.

“There is a magic in making an idea come to life,” Appear Here founder and CEO, Ross Bailey, said in a statement. “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.”

The panel of judges consists of fashion and e-commerce stalwarts including Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, Natalie Massenet, Nick Jones, founder of Soho House, and Ajaz Ahmed, founder of AKQA.

“Space for Ideas helps talented people turn ideas into reality,” Blumenthal told Fashion United. “As an entrepreneur, I’m inspired by the energy and innovation that bubbles up through competition.” 

Previous competition winner Porterlight Bicycles, a custom cargo bike company, landed an exclusive contract with Deliveroo and received international media attention, including a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list for chief executive Lawrence Brand.

By Naomi Wakiaga 

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