Recapping the Success of the Hackquarters Proptech Challenge

October 24, 2023

On 20 October, the Hackquarters Proptech Challenge concluded, marking a significant milestone in the landscape of property technology. In partnership with Gold Partners Rönesans and Eoffice, this startup challenge gathered some of the most promising startups and influential corporate partners in the Proptech industry for an unparalleled collaborative experience.

The event aimed to serve as a fertile ground for startups operating in various Proptech verticals—from Smart Real Estate Management and Sustainability to Fintech and Blockchain. It provided a unique platform for these startups to pitch their innovative solutions, engage in meaningful dialogues, and potentially form lasting partnerships with leading construction and real estate companies.

By The Numbers: Infographics Snapshot

We received over 90 startup applications, indicating the widespread interest and enthusiasm for Proptech innovations. Of these, 18 startups were shortlisted into our pipeline after preliminary rounds, and ultimately, 10 were selected to pitch their solutions during the event. The global appeal of the challenge was evident, with applications pouring in from over 20 countries, showcasing the worldwide resonance of the Proptech industry.

Event Highlights

The event was kicked off by Kaan Akın, Founder & CEO of Hackquarters, who shared the program's goals, benefits, and timelines and provided an insightful outlook on the Proptech market landscape.

After the opening speech, Ten startups took the stage to pitch their groundbreaking solutions, showcasing their vision for transforming the property technology landscape.

Fireside Chat: Global Proptech Industry Trends and Perspectives

Moderated by Sabina Babayeva, COO of Hackquarters, the panel featured insights from Menno Lammers, Chief Impact Officer at Proptech for Good, Mete Varas, Founder of ME Proptech Initiative, and Yağmur Yaşar, General Manager at Rönesans Gayrimenkul. They explored pivotal topics such as sustainability, urban development, and the future of workspaces in the real estate industry.

Menno discussed the challenges and opportunities in implementing sustainable Proptech solutions. He also talked about the importance of change management in successfully adopting new Proptech innovations.

Mete emphasized the role of Proptech in creating more innovative and efficient urban developments and shaping the future of workspaces.

Yağmur elaborated on how Rönesans Gayrimenkul integrates cutting-edge Proptech solutions into their business model and spoke about their approach to sustainability, particularly in shopping mall operations.

Meet the selected startups:

Carbon Saver: SaaS genAI to draw sustainable buildings faster.A SaaS Gen AI platform for the building sector, bundled with workflow tools for interior architects who focus on eco-friendly solutions. Top clients are a Global French Luxury brand and the French National Lottery, implementing end-to-end eco design in their projects thanks to Carbon Saver. Carbon Saver’s Gen AI will soon enhance layouts automatically with insulation, electricity, water collection and energy production.

DataSpark AI: lets you build advanced GenAI Apps for enterprise in a few clicks.

Faradai: build digital tools to help enterprises, measure, report and reduce emissions , utilising AI and IoT to help them achieve their bold climate statements.

Incube Space: Incube Space is a predictive HVAC optimisation startup that enables commercial real estate owners to reduce their energy consumption by 40% whilst ensuring optimal indoor air quality.

Nooka Space: technology helps landlords effortlessly rent underutilized spaces and achieve 70% yearly by offering hourly, unattended workspace access directly to tenants.

ORDIN: is an AI-assisted real estate operating system. From facility to property management, we provide simple apps for every team member and building asset. Let your portfolio grow and bring more revenues and AI will help you with routine tasks.

PowerMarket: helps companies reduce emissions and make money from their buildings leveraging the power of the sun.

QX: harnesses blockchain to redefine retail loyalty. With smart contracts & tokens, we amplify customer experience and retention for brands. QX is where the future of loyalty resides.

WIZIO London:  is a B2B SaaS company that helps Property developers to reduce extended sales cycles and boosting sales by 3D sales tool / digital twin

WorkyBe: is a universal sustainability platform that provides cloud based IoT monitoring, predictive maintenance, energy, and asset management infrastructure to help companies reduce costs, improve team, equipment, and energy efficiency.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants, our Gold Partners Rönesans and Eoffice, and our community partners: Community Partners: 500 Global | ACCIÓ | Female Foundry | La French Tech | GYODER / Gayrimenkul Yatırımcıları Derneği | Hafla venture | OfficeLink | PASHA Property Management  | Flat6Labs | Business France | Scalar North Capital | Tenity (formerly F10) .We're already excited about next year's event as we close this chapter. Stay tuned for more innovations, collaborations, and transformative solutions in Proptech.

Those who missed the event or wished to relive the captivating moments can watch the event recording on our YouTube channel.

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