Launch of 5th annual international PropTech Innovation Award

March 10, 2021


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Seeking digital solutions for the post-COVID-19 era

The PropTech Innovation Award, which carries prize money of EUR 40,000, is being held for the fifth year. Under the slogan “Accelerating the Real Estate Evolution”, award founders Union Investment and GERMANTECH will once again be recognising outstanding digital solutions and business models that address the most pressing issues in the real estate industry. The application platform can be found at Proptech companies have until 31 March 2021 to submit their solutions for the final round, when a total of 15 participants will compete in front of a jury and online audience for the prize money and coveted award. The final will take place on 23 June 2021 as part of the PropTech Innovation Summit. This year, the summit will be a hybrid online event.

“We are excited about developing this ever-growing ecosystem of award and live event together with many long-standing and new partners this year and about providing the real estate industry with new impetus,” said Maria Gross, managing director at GERMANTECH. As a networking platform of digital innovators and the real estate industry, the PropTech Innovation Summit brought together over 600 participants online last year. Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, 150 proptechs from 29 countries submitted their projects and business ideas. As a strong signal of support for the proptech sector, the 2020 prize money was awarded equally to all 18 finalists with no overall winner being chosen. 

For the PropTech Innovation Award 2021, digital innovators – start-ups as well as established companies with innovative business solutions aimed at the real estate world – can submit their applications in five new categories: Future Proof Office Spaces, Supporting Real Estate Value Chains, Re:Create Retail, New Concepts for Urban Living, and Smart & Sustainable: Connected Cities and Buildings. 

“The award categories focus on areas in which the real estate industry in Germany, Europe and worldwide now needs to make important adjustments for the post-COVID19 era. This is where we expect to see particularly high innovation potential, which we want to promote and turn into pilot projects or marketable solutions together with the proptechs,” said Christoph Holzmann, a member of management team at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. 

One winner will be selected from each category at the PropTech Innovation Summit. The five category winners will then have the chance to compete in the final for the main prize. The three overall winners will be determined by the jury and online public voting. For more information and to apply go to

The Class Foundation's Involvement

Our foundation is truly passionate about PropTech's ability and potential to elevate resident and operator experiences. We're therefore a proud partner of the awards and we will be a presenter/moderator for the session 'New Concepts for Urban Living'. We look forward to welcoming you on June 23rd!

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