Propercorn relaunches Pop In, an initiative for budding startups and aspiring innovators, in time for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

This month, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (12th – 18th November, 2018) Propercorn are relaunching Pop In, an initiative inspired by their mission to “offer a little bit of inspiration and motivation to the next generation of self-starters”, by giving five budding entrepreneurs a week of desk space, workshops, inspiration and one-to-one mentoring at their Old Street office: “for one week, you’ll be one of the team. Enjoy breakfast and lunch from Ed, our in-house chef, grab coffees with [founders Cass and Ryan] and workshop ideas with the rest of our brilliant team”. 

Launched in 2011 by Cassandra Stavrou and Ryan Kohn, Propercorn is in its eighth year and thriving, a certified B corp brand now available in fifteen countries and selling three million bags a month. True to its entrepreneurial roots, Propercorn are using Pop In to celebrate innovation and pass on their expertise, resources and support to the entrepreneurs they feel will most benefit from a week at Propercorn HQ. To get involved in this “all-you-can-eat popcorn” opportunity, applicants can apply via the website, by answering a set of questions, or alternatively by sending a two-minute video pitch to cass@propercorn.com – entries close on Wednesday 7th November. 

This is round two for Pop In, following its success last November, when four entrepreneurs enjoyed the perks of mentor sessions with the founders, workshops with the Propercorn team and a week’s desk space to kick start their ideas. Among them were Lucy Standing, founder of job-shadowing platform, ViewVo, and Olly Hiscock of Olly’s Olives, who went on to secure a spot on the shelves of Sainsbury’s. 

The benefits of an office environment are not to be underestimated: “the early days of starting your own business are lonely. Without a team around you or office space, the bad days can be all-consuming and the good days slip by with little celebration”, says Cassandra. “Having four talented, dynamic entrepreneurs join our team last year was amazing and hopefully we gave them the space and support they needed to reboot and get inspired. Their businesses have gone from strength to strength over the 12 months and we can’t wait to see what exciting ideas we’ll have the pleasure of supporting this year.”

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