Create new project automatically from Docker or Kubernetes

Hi, I am currently running gitlab for a demo / presentation. I am wondering if there is a way once I run a gitlab pod or a docker container that I can have the gitlab instance create a default project or import a project automatically? Right now I am having users for this demo create a project once logged in and importing a tar gunzip file that I want. It would be nice if I were able to have the project created then push via normal git purposes to make this work

Alternatively, if there was a way that I could set an api token from startup I can also create a project but this seems like its a more or less chicken / egg issue.