Big ideas in a small space.
PopBox is a 320-square-foot space within the highly-anticipated Boxyard RTP development. We are on the hunt for four rockstar BIPOC- or woman-owned entrepreneurs and restaurateurs to join our Boxyard family in 2021 - each will take a three-month pop-up residency inside one of our shipping containers.
In partnership with NC IDEA, the Research Triangle Foundation will be awarding a micro-grant of $5,000 to each of the four selected businesses. COVID-19 has crippled many industries, and with this platform we hope to give our small business friends a positive jolt back into the market.
What we’re looking for: Fresh and new dreamers and innovators that provide delicious food, a kick-ass product, or a unique experience for our community. Boxyard RTP will be such a special place; all that we are missing is missing you! Join us and put your flag in the ground at the center of it all, in Research Triangle Park.
November 10, 2020: Applications open
December 10, 2020: Applications close
December 18, 2020: Each applicant will be notified whether they have made it to R2
January 4, 2021: Interviews begin
January 18, 2021: 4 businesses will be selected and slated into the PopBox program
*These dates are subject to change based on Covid-19 regulations.
Please review our vendor page before applying to ensure that your concept will be unique to our facility. Candidates who do not directly overlap with our current vendors at Boxyard RTP will only be considered.
Do you have a food concept? Keep in mind that the PopBox is not a restaurant grade facility. You will need to do all of your prep and cooking in your Food Truck or at a commissary kitchen. PopBox would function as your storefront, rather than your kitchen.
This space is not office space. If that is what you’re looking for, check out the Frontier RTP Campus!