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ULI Europe launches PropTech Innovation Problem 2024


Following final 12 months’s pilot, City Land Institute (ULI) Europe has launched a second version of the PropTech Innovation Problem (PIC), the Younger Leaders-led initiative to foster innovation within the constructed atmosphere and is looking for sport altering options that meet the problem of the way to considerably cut back carbon emissions.  The problem, which displays ULI’s mission priorities, and the pressing decarbonisation focus of ULI C Change, is concentrated particularly on the discount of Scope 3 emissions for managers and traders and encompasses the oblique however important emissions that happen all through the worth chain, and which are sometimes ignored. Oblique emissions come up from actions similar to transportation and procurement.

Options submitted into PIC should replicate a real shift away from business-as-usual practices and be tangible and scalable in a regional context. Improvements could also be excessive or low tech and embrace {hardware}, software program, or enterprise fashions. Lastly, they have to deal with a minimum of one of many use instances proposed by the ULI group, which at present embrace retrofitting at scale, operational circularity, gamification to strengthen stakeholder collaboration, ESG platforms integration, and sustainable supplies.

Lisette van Doorn, CEO, ULI Europe feedback, “Actual property is answerable for a large 37 % of worldwide carbon emissions, and it’s paramount that the trade urgently unites in response to this vital problem, coordinating and collaborating to pursue finest sensible options. Know-how and innovation are each key to addressing these important challenges, and we consider that PIC is a crucial initiative to construct stronger connections between conventional actual property and proptech and encourage extra trade broad innovation.”

The pan European competitors is geared toward innovators from throughout the construct atmosphere and the world of know-how. Submissions are welcome from innovators in academia or analysis, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations working in European markets together with Germany, Switzerland, France, the Nordics (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden), Iberia (Portugal, Spain), CEE (Poland & Czech Republic), and the UK and Eire. Submissions are open to ULI members and non-members, and entrants should submit a common software and a supporting pitch deck.

The PIC leads are Thibault Weston-Smith, co-founder, Crayon Companions; Susse Schaumann, funding analyst, NREP; and Simon Abboud, programme director, Hines Europe. Thibault Weston Smith feedback, “As we embark on the second version of the PropTech Innovation Problem, we’re energised by the chance to catalyse transformative options that handle the urgent want to scale back carbon emissions within the constructed atmosphere. Innovation takes myriad shapes — from merchandise and applied sciences to methods and societal shifts. Our intention with ULI PIC is to highlight forward-thinkers and disruptors and join them with trade gamers and stakeholders.”

The competitors is structured in two phases. Entrants will initially compete throughout seven in-country/area competitions, in Germany, Nordics, Iberia, France, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK and Eire. In every market, functions shall be reviewed and shortlisted finalists will then be invited to current to their nationwide ULI PIC Jury Committee, the place a product’s potential impression, innovation, and chance of adoption shall be thought of. Winners shall be introduced to ULI’s community and the media. The entry deadline for every in-country section varies.

All PIC winners will then be eligible to enter the following pan-European section of the competitors, which is able to comprise a public vote on all of the nationwide winners, adopted by a grand European Closing in October and subsequent winner announcement on the C Change Summit.  Along with unrivalled trade publicity by means of the ULI worldwide community and communications channels, all finalists will profit from a one-year ULI membership together with full entry to the Data Finder analysis platform, and alternatives to affix the ULI Nationwide and European Product Council occasions.

Susse Schaumann provides, “PIC presents a novel alternative to encourage trade leaders along with your modern concepts, but additionally to be impressed by fellow innovators who’re equally enthusiastic about bettering the constructed atmosphere.”

The inaugural competitors in 2023 attracted greater than 100 functions and concerned eight ULI Europe Nationwide Councils, 13 Nationwide PIC Champions, 60 plus skilled jurors, and 7 competitors finals. EFFIC, a specialist in residential refurbishment to enhance power effectivity in Spain, was introduced because the 2023 general winner, with France’s Roofscapes, which creates accessible rooftop inexperienced areas, awarded a particular point out in recognition of its potential impression.

Simon Abboud stated, “Final 12 months’s profitable PIC pilot is a testomony to our trade’s belief in ULI as an academic channel to study in regards to the newest nationwide and regional Improvements. This can be a basic validation in getting our group of practitioners motivated to develop the entrepreneurial muscle and mindset we urgently have to problem business-as-usual.”

For extra info and the way to apply, please go to: https://europe.uli.org/young-leaders-proptech-innovation-challenge-pic/

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