Each year, technology plays a bigger role in all aspects of our lives. We believe that the commercial real estate (CRE) industry needs to think differently about how technology and data can enable our experts to deliver smarter, more personalized services to our clients.

The proptech industry – property technology or real estate technology –is growing globally with increasing support from and adoption by CRE companies. As each of these new companies are founded, we move further into the future of real estate.

For us at Colliers, this means an opportunity to explore and partner with proptech companies to…

Create solutions

across the property and commercial real estate industry – an industry of massive size and reach with total assets of ~$220 trillion worldwide.

Shape technologies

to deliver value enhancing strategies to our clients and better arm our professionals with game-changing business tools.

Find opportunities

at the intersection of technology and commercial real estate markets for our experts and investor and occupier clients.

As part of this focus on targeted innovation, we have launched the Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars.

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Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars

1. Open call for applications. Proptech startups from around the globe are invited to apply for the accelerator program.

2. Selection. The Colliers and Techstars teams carefully review the applications, interview the top 20 applicants and select our annual class.

What are we looking for? We’re looking to invest in companies that address both near-term, value-enhancing opportunities for our clients and professionals as well as longer-term opportunities that, with strong technology platforms, will help us push industry boundaries.

3. Class of 2018. For 13 weeks, the class works in Toronto, Canada with mentors from Colliers and from the broader real estate industry, successful startup founders and venture capitalists.

4. Demo Day. The Proptech Accelerator program culminates in Demo Day where each startup presents their business plans and highlights the progress made in three short months.

5. Do it all over again! In Spring 2019, we will announce the opening for our next round of applications.

Applications Open

Feb 19, 2018

Applications Deadline

May 13, 2018

Start of Program

Sep 10, 2018

Demo Day

Dec 5, 2018

Location: Toronto, Canada

Class of 2018

A Retail Space

A Retail Space finds the perfect location for your business through data.

New York City, U.S.


Basking.io is an ROI-driven occupancy analytics platform for flexible office space providers and corporate real estate managers.

Berlin, Germany


Booqed is a digital platform for businesses to find the short-term spaces they need quickly and easily, while helping landlords monetize their spaces.

Hong Kong, China


Lane is a tenant experience platform designed to build community, connectivity and engagement at any office building.

Toronto, Canada


MapYourProperty is a Google Maps / Zillow for Real Estate Land Development, simplifying the planning process to a 3-click solution.

Toronto, Canada


Raybased provides Commercial Building Owners a smart building control platform that leverages wireless technology to enable predictive maintenance of key building systems.

Göteborg, Sweden


RefineRE leverages real-time market data to provide CRE portfolio intelligence for organizations looking to make smarter, better and faster decisions about buying, selling, leasing, expanding, or downsizing their property footprint.

Dallas, U.S.


SPCE partners with universities and higher education bodies to enhance their student experience, by becoming their first point of call for the provision of off-campus student accommodation in the UK and North America.

London, U.K.


Upsuite is where teams go to find coworking spaces.

Denver, U.S.

Meet the Mentors


Dylan Taylor President & COO

Dylan oversees operations, enhances client engagement and develops systems that support Colliers’ strategic growth and enterprising culture.

John Friedrichsen Chief Financial Officer

John oversees the overall financial management of Colliers and is involved in all corporate communications and capital allocation decisions.

Zach Michaud Vice President | Strategic Investments & Corporate Development

Zach is the vice president of strategic investments and corporate development at Colliers.

Elias Mulamoottil Head | Strategic Investments & Corporate Development

Elias executes Colliers’ global acquisition strategy, as well as formulates and implements the company’s corporate strategy.

Becky Finley Senior Vice President, Brand & People, Global

Becky provides oversight for Colliers’ brand and people strategies, having extensive experience in branding, culture and business operations.

Michael Charney Senior Manager | Strategic Investments & Corporate Development

Michael is the senior manager of strategic investments and corporate development at Colliers.


Tony Brasier Chairman and Managing Director of PRDnationwide

As Chairman and Managing Director of PRDnationwide, Tony strategically drives the business forward in a competitive environment and industry.

Simon Hunt Managing Director

Simon oversees the Office Leasing division, managing more than 80 staff members and 55 leasing professionals across Australia and New Zealand.

Malcom Tyson Managing Director | Industrial

Malcom leads the Australian industrial business, oversees growth strategies and specializes in major capital transactions within the sector.

John Marasco Managing Director | Capital Markets & Investment Services

John ensures complete market coverage, efficiency and premium experiences and successes for clients within the Investment Services business.

Dwight Hillier Managing Director

Dwight oversees and manages the Valuation & Advisory Services and Consultancy businesses in Australia, with a focus on the office sector.


David Young Chief Operating Officer

David is the chief operating office in the Philippines, managing the Manila and Cebu offices and overseeing a staff of more than 700.

Andrew Liu Managing Director

Andrew oversees business development, client relations, investment advisory, facility management and brokerage services in the Taiwan office.

Philip Pang Associate Director

Philip advises multinational and local clients on all aspects of real estate including new leases and restructures, rent reviews and renewals.

Annabelle Taylor Director

Annabelle leads creative, content and media programs across all channels beginning with conceptualization to development to launch.

Joe Verghese Managing Director

Joe is responsible for the leadership and direction of Colliers | India, having grown the business by ninefold in the last five years.


David Bowden Chief Executive Officer, Canada

David works with regional leaders to execute national business strategies and accelerate the success of Colliers professionals.

Scott Addison President, Brokerage Services Canada

Scott executes the national business strategy throughout Canada, focusing on the organic and strategic growth of the company.

John Duda Executive Vice President | Canada

John develops national business approaches and strategies for REMS across North America to win contracts worth more than $200 million.

Scott Chandler Senior Vice President, Broker | Capital Markets Canada

Scott leads major valuation exercises, and site-specific/market-wide studies across all asset types for a variety of clients across Canada.

Mihai Strusievici Director, Information Technology, North America

Mihai maximizes the value of technology investments, supporting Colliers’ immediate business needs while advancing long-term, strategic goals.

Hadley Duncan Managing Director | Valuation & Advisory Services | Toronto West

Hadley works on office, industrial and land asset appraisals, having completed assignments for some of Canada’s largest real estate owners.

Arlene Dedier Principal

Arlene has an extensive background directing corporate construction and remodeling programs and overseeing multi-million-dollar projects.

Yanis Tzatzoglou Vice President, Sales Representative

Yanis pursues well-developed strategies for his clients, providing insightful local market knowledge with a deep understanding of their goals.

Scot Adams Vice President, National Services

Scot is the vice president of national services and works closely with the REMS team at Colliers. 

Allan Yearwood Senior Vice President | Canada, Real Estate Management Services

Allan leads all aspects of operations, including tenant experience and retention, capital improvement projects and employee engagement.

Gigi Farrell Director, Marketing, Eastern Canada

An influential and highly-expressive leader, Gigi quickly and creatively secures results for the marketing, communications and sales teams.

Franklin Holtforster President and CEO | Colliers Project Leaders

Franklin has grown Colliers Project Leaders into one of Canada’s leading firms, directing capital projects for a variety of global clients.

Gordon Kack Development Management | Colliers Project Leaders

A trusted advisor to capital projects, Gordon provides comprehensive, strategic solutions to infrastructure and project management programs.


Chris McLernon Chief Executive Officer | EMEA

Chris oversees the growth and strategic direction of the EMEA business, ensuring clients receive the highest level of service excellence.

Richard Bruce Chief Operating Officer EMEA

Richard Bruce is the chief operating officer for the EMEA region.

Monika Rajska-Wolinska Managing Partner | Poland

As Managing Partner of Colliers International in Poland, Monika is responsible for all strategic and operational activities of the company.

JanJaap Boogaard Head of EMEA Workplace Solutions

JanJaap helps organizations rethink the way they work with concepts that improve the goals, productivity, engagement and health of employees.

Mark Taylor Head of National Offices

Mark works with end users, investors, developers and organizations across the U.S. and Europe looking to relocate or reduce their facilities.

Marta Machus-Burek Senior Partner | Director | Retail Advisory Services

Through strategic advisory and transaction services, Marta transforms potential properties into financially feasible investments for clients.

Richard Crook Head of Marketing, Communications & Business Development | EMEA

Richard develops and implements marketing, communications and business strategies with innovative, measurable tactics.

Richard Sharpe Head of EMEA Technology Services

Richard oversees all aspects of technology and improves the delivery of services through innovative and pragmatic applications.

Peter Bigelmaier Head of Office Letting | München

Peter heads the office and retail leasing divisions and consults clients of landmark buildings, large project developments and occupiers.

Michael Raibin Director & Co-Head of City Fringe

Michael creates unique, high-quality workspaces for clients and businesses to call home, specifically in the City Fringe district of London.

Richard Barrett Director of Valuation and Advisory Services

Richard specializes in investment valuations for a variety of lending institutions and property funds across the UK and rest of Europe.

Veronika Lezhneva Director | Analytical Department

Veronika leads the research department in Russia, covering six fields: retail, office, industrial, elite residential, hotel and investments.

Alexander Runovich Director | Analytical Department

Alexander is the director of the analytical department at Colliers | Russia.

Igor Temnyshev Director | Occupier Representation | Office Department

Igor heads the Occupier Advisors and Office departments and implements projects to find the best solutions that suit his clients’ needs.

Sylwia Pedzinska Senior Partner | Director of Workplace Innovation

Sylwia advises external clients with respect to workplace solutions, change management and communication.

Katarzyna Tasarek-Skrok Associate Director

Katarzyna supports her clients in a variety of sectors in the process of relocation, renegotiation and consolidation in the Warsaw market.

Hari Thandi Regional Applications Manager | EMEA

Hari manages and standardizes Colliers-built applications that help achieve business goals, focusing on cloud-based technology deployment.

Christian King Senior Digital Marketing Executive

Christian manages and delivers content across all social media channels and finds innovative ways to engage with clients and stakeholders.


Ed Alegre Chief Executive Officer, LATAM

From consultations to brokerage to appraisals, Ed leads and completes projects that have spanned the United States and Latin America.


Karen Whitt President | US Investor Services & Project Management and Real Estate Management Services

Karen connects Colliers professionals together to create memorable experiences and develops solutions that address clients’ business needs.

Scott Nelson President, Occupier Services and Corporate Solutions | Americas

Scott leads Occupier Services and Corporate Solutions, developing customized real estate solutions that meet clients’ business objectives.

Ryan Kratz President, Southeast Region | U.S. Brokerage

Ryan oversees Colliers’ Florida operations, with a focus on corporate strategies, new business development and client retention initiatives.

David Amsterdam President - Investments, Leasing and Eastern Region | USA

David ensures the Eastern Region hits growth targets and provides best-in-class solutions to investors, corporate users and landlord clients.

Dan Spiegel Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations

Dan supports the U.S. brokerage business line, spearheads recruitment efforts and helps integrate acquired companies into the business.

Chris Zlocki Executive Vice President, CS Strategy and Innovation

Chris drives innovation that will increase value, develop new offerings and improve service delivery for Colliers clients and professionals.

Jim Carris Executive Managing Director | Market Lead

Jim advises investors, corporate users and landlords across the full spectrum of commercial real estate transactions in the Chicago market.

Danny Rice Managing Director - Central Florida

Danny’s focus is on developing, recruiting and assisting brokers in Central Florida to provide clients with high-level service and success.

Jake Edens SVP, Technology & Innovation | U.S.A.

Jake manages the technology and innovation strategy for the U.S. business, working to build cutting-edge applications for our professionals.

Fred Regnery Principal | Chicago

Fred focuses on supply chain real estate and provides strategic direction for the continued growth and development of the Chicago office.

Warwick Johnston Executive Vice President, CS Solutions Development

Warwick leads the business development and marketing for Corporate Solutions, creating customized solutions to meet clients’ business goals.

Craig Youst Executive Vice President, CS Account Management

Craig pursues creative and innovative solutions for major global clients and provides strategic direction and execution across service lines.

Jay Sternberg Executive Vice President | San Francisco

Jay develops and implements high-level strategies, manages overall operations and provides clients with a platform of integrated services.

Doug Stafford Director of Business Innovation | USA

Doug oversees the technology road map and provides go-forward strategies and next generation tool and products to increase efficiency.

Morgan Turnbow Executive Managing Director | National Operations

Morgan oversees the Valuation & Advisory group in the Northeast and actively supports clients, recruit new professionals and trains teams.

About US

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI) (TSX: CIGI) is an industry-leading real estate services company with a global brand operating in 69 countries and a workforce of more than 12,000 skilled professionals serving clients in the world’s most important markets. Colliers is the fastest-growing publicly listed global real estate services company, with 2017 corporate revenues of $2.3 billion ($2.7 billion including affiliates). With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership and control, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.

Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice that help clients accelerate their success. Colliers has been ranked among the top 100 global outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals for 13 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm. Colliers has also been ranked the number one property manager in the world by Commercial Property Executive for two years in a row.

For the latest news from Colliers, visit Colliers.com or follow us on Twitter@Colliers and LinkedIn.

Techstars is a global leader in technology investing and the world leader in running accelerators with over 40 active accelerators across the globe. We are looking forward to our new partnership and to leverage the opportunities together. Techstars has a global network of 10,000+ deeply engaged mentors, investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Techstars’ culture is very similar to Colliers with its dedication to enterprising solutions for all its stakeholders.