Shortlist revealed for Germantech awards
Fifteen finalists in the field of real estate management have been announced for the sixth international PropTech Innovation Awards organised by business support organisation Germantech.
This year’s motto ‘Smart solutions for a sustainable value chain’ challenged companies to present their innovative approaches to sustainable value chains in the building and real estate sectors.
In total this year, the jury received 209 applications from 33 countries, among them France, Austria, and Spain but also non-European countries such as the US, India, and Israel. Now, PropTech Innovation Award 2022 initiators Germantech, Union Investment, and Townscape have announced the 15 finalists. They are:
Sustainable (Re)Construction & Building
Responsible Use & Management
Christoph Holzmann, COO and member of the management board at Union Investment Real Estate, said: “We are very curious about the startups and their pitches. As a long-time host of the event, we are especially looking forward to returning to meeting the industry and startups in person in Berlin, to see familiar faces again and discover new ones.
“Orienting the competition and the summit toward sustainability along the real estate value chain is not just timely but also highly relevant for us as an investor and a trustee.
“In the interest of our investors, we are therefore not only looking forward to finding the best products in the market but also to discovering suitable solutions for our business model as well as new partners from the startup world with whom to tackle the challenging tasks that are part of a sustainable transformation.”
Philipp Janssen, managing director at Townscape, a Germany-wide project developer, added: “The application phase was impressive proof of the innovation potential within the global founders’ scene. At the same time, the award serves as a trend meter for central questions the proptechs are currently grappling with: this year, we have seen a focus on AI-based models in energy conservation for buildings. However, construction site automation and sustainable handling of building materials are topics the proptechs are also increasingly working on.”
The organisers’ goal is to promote disruptive technologies in real estate and foster the creation of a strong innovation network.
“The great interest in the award also shows us that there is still a need for a platform that connects established real estate players with startups. For the challenges regarding sustainability, especially, collaboration is urgently required, and we are happy to be able to make our contribution,” said Maria Gross, managing director of Germantech.
The finals will take place as part of the PropTech Innovation Summit on 27 September at the Holzmarkt campus in Berlin. During the live pitches, the 15 finalists will present their projects in front of 200 guests and a nine-person jury of experts from real estate and science. Besides the prestigious award, the Germantech PropTech Innovation Fund invests up to €100,000 long-term in the top nine companies.
In addition to Christoph Holzmann (Union Investment), Philipp Janssen (Townscape), and Benjamin Rohé (Germantech), will represent the competition hosts, this year’s jury will include Stefanie Frensch (ZIA/Becker & Kries Holding), Dr Stefan Plesser (TU Braunschweig), Dan Gildoni (PlaceSense), Nicole Büttner (Merantix), Tina Paillet (RICS), and Marcus Börner (OptioPay).