Young entrepreneurs to open UK's first pop-up Supa-market

Monday 8th June, 2015


Project backed by some of the world's biggest firms including Barclays, Facebook and Pepsi

A three-day pop-up supermarket, promoting itself as the first of its kind in the country, will offer young entrepreneurs hands-on experience in selling and mentoring from top names in the business.

Supa Academy has teamed up with Barclays for the event at The Old Truman Brewery in London from 24-26 July. It is open to anyone aged 18-24 and the fee is £60 although bursaries are available.

The 500 chosen participants will be divided into groups and will create and run stalls or sell on the internet. Top brands like River Island, Facebook and Pepsi Max are involved, with executives mentoring and giving talks.

Bejay Mulenga's (centre) Supa Academy gives young people practical business experience. Photo: Supa Academy

Supa Academy was created by Bejay Muleng and Liam Tootill, who aim to educate and help young people interested in entrepreneurship.

“The participants will have to work as a team, organise their supermarkets and stalls, negotiate and make deals. They will also have to work for an e-commerce platform and on the weekend they will be given advice by experienced retailers, some of them big names of the industry,” Tootill said.

Each participant, when applying, chooses whether to be in the digital team that is responsible for sales on the e-commerce platform, or in the physical team where they will be in charge of sales in the venue which will serve as their retail space.

The teams will exhibit their products and share the revenue they will earn from their sales.

Tootill added: “Bejay and I both had an interest in entrepreneurship and we have been working together on various projects. When this idea came about we decided to materialise it. We came to the conclusion that what could help young entrepreneurs would be living the experience, being influenced and developed through the guidance of their mentors and gaining something from it. We wanted to give this chance to others.”