In the Startup Nation segment, Nikolas Samios, co-founder of Proptech1 – the first venture capital fund in Germany focused on proptech startups – discussed key trends and notable fledgling companies in the smart building arena with moderator Már Másson Maack.
According to Nikolas, the real estate industry has been a latecomer to digital innovations and has never been “optimised within”, because “it was so easy to earn money in real estate that people didn’t need to explore these options.” He further highlighted that the pandemic has created the need for the industry to utilise effective technology. “We’re still in the first innings of digitisation… there’s very good business opportunities for clever startups to connect with the industry and help them improve their basic processes and efficiencies.”
The session saw pitches from Marc Gille, Founder of Thing Technologies and Lee Butz, CEO of District Technologies.
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Firstly, Marc showcased Thing-It, an enterprise digital building system for corporate real estate managers, asset managers, facilities managers, and other service providers. Thing-it makes everything smart by connecting people, systems and things via processes and data. It seamlessly transforms offices and buildings into intelligent digital spaces – via one single cloud platform.
Lee presented District Technologies, an advanced, workplace experience platform that allows communities to navigate the workplace and stay connected from any location. When using the platform a community can check in to the building, book desks and meeting rooms, view food and drink services on-site and many other features that optimise office locations.
Nikolas also listed several other startups to keep an eye out for:
During the session an audience poll was taken, and District Technologies came out as the top ‘one to watch’.