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The Propcast

May 19, 2021

Summary: In this episode the Propcast talks Idriss Goossens from PropTech Lab, Alain Waha from Cogital, Alexandra Nicoletti from Camber Creek and Travis Connors from Building Ventures about Relevation 2021, the leading digital fundraising summit for Proptechs, and about the changing landscapes of VC.
The Propcast by Louisa Dickins, Co-Founder of LMRE the leading Global PropTech recruiter, is brought to you in partnership with CREtech and ReimTech. This show will focus on connecting the PropTechs, real estate funds and VC’s globally…and get everyone talking about innovation of the build to rent environment.
About Our Host
Louisa Dickins 
Louisa started her career in property working at a well-known estate agency in London. Realising her people skills, she moved over to Lloyd May to pursue a career in recruitment. She now is a Director at LMRE, who are a specialist recruitment firm driven by PropTech and recruitment professionals, and Louisa oversees their 5 core areas. Louisa co-founded LMRE and provides a constructive recruitment platform to the new disruptors in real estate. Louisa is also on the board of Directors at UK PropTech Association (UKPA).
About LMRE 
LMRE believe there is a better way to recruit. LMRE focus on a more comprehensive, client led focus delivering exceptional talent to the place at the time. They are passionate about the industry and passionate about people's careers. LMRE spend time with each client to become and an extension of the business, and their transparency and core values help them grow with the sector. LMRE simplify recruitment and innovate with our clients and evolve the people driven, PropTech community.
About Guests
Idriss Goossens
Idriss Goossen’s is the founder of PropTech Lab (Belgium),  PropTech Lab are the Belgium community of innovators in the real estate value chain. Their mission is to foster innovations in construction and real estate and to ease digital transformation of the industry. PropTech Lab help to connect and relate companies, start-ups and investors, in order to underline the new trends of the market, to promote industry advancements, to contribute influencing and educating the market, and to foster collaboration and innovation in the Belgian Real Estate community. Idriss is also the founder of Relevation, which is the Global Digital Fundraising Summit for PropTech. This event aims to facilitate matchmakings between start-ups in fundraising process, and investors ready to invest
Travis Connors
Travis Connors is the co-founder of Building Ventures where he co-leads the Investment Committee. Building Ventures invests in companies that are reshaping the way the built environment is designed operated and experienced. Building Ventures partner with visionary entrepreneurs who will have a profound effect on how and where we live as humans on our planet. Travis currently manages the firm’s involvement with as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he works closely with the teams at Blokable, Dandelion, Join Digital  and Measurabl. Travis is a New England native having attended Connecticut College and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Alain Waha
Alain Waha is the co-founder of Cogital and leads Ventures and Digital Strategy services. Cogital are an international Digital Transformation Agency for the Built-Asset Environment.  They work with owners, consultants, contractors and ventures to guide and support their digital transformation journey. Alain began his career started in aerospace and automotive, deploying new business models and information systems. He later transferred to the construction industry in 2008 as CEO of Atlas industries, then CEO and founder of a further 2 start-up in BIM and Digital services. Alain also sits on advisory boards for VC funds, #contech and #protech start-ups, and is the co-founder of the Process Innovation Forum.
Alexandra Nicoletti
Alexandra Nicoletti is Senior Associate at Camber Creek, with over 10 years of transaction experience in real estate, investment banking and private equity. Camber Creek is a venture capital firm providing strategic value and capital to operating technology companies focused on the real estate market. Alexandra earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University and went on to work at Goldman Sachs, Apollo Global Management and Norges Bank, where she has managed commercial real estate portfolios totalling over $10 billion in value.
Resources Referenced
LMRE website
UKPA website
PropTech Lab 
Building Ventures 
Camber Creek 
Insights From This Episode
  • We're also seeing a lot more real estate to strategics coming into this space, and having a greater desire to participate in the in the ecosystem, both from an adoption standpoint but also from a direct investment standpoint – Alexandra Nicoletti
  • Do you want to have the support from generalistic VC? Do you want to have the support from more specific and more personalized, or specialized VC? So it's a big question you have to ask yourself as founder – Idriss Goossens
  • COVID certainly up ended everyone's thoughts around what we needed space for what spaces we needed. But the simple reality is we still spend 95% of our time indoors. And now we have more choices about where that's going to be – Travis Connors
  • At the beginning, I think bottom up wins. But then over time, expanding and putting a fundamental structural shift into the market means that Europe becomes potentially more attractive because you can you find a more structured environment where you can sell, iterate, and then scale Alain Waha
  • The volumes of capital that are deployed in the PropTech space according to our data are really growing almost 100%, year after year – Idriss Goossens
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