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Leading the industry into the future.

The Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars is an industry-first global program in real estate, combining Techstars’ expertise in tech innovation and building accelerators with Colliers’ enterprising culture, real estate expertise and global network. We are seeking enterprising proptech companies that will help lead the industry to the future. We are focused on targeted innovation 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.

This year, we received hundreds of applications from an unprecedented 50+ countries. Our 2019 class of 10 early-stage proptech companies, representing six countries, are tackling a wide range of solutions, including quant valuation and investing, crowdfunding, asset fractionalization, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, as well as augmented and virtual reality. They will spend three months in Toronto working with 120+ mentors to explore pilots and partnerships, refine their business plans, and gain traction in the market.

The program culminates in Demo Day on December 4, 2019 – a stage for our startups to pitch clients, real estate industry leaders and technology investors. We are proud to be the title sponsor of the Buildings Connect​ feature of The Buildings Show (December 4-6) and technology partner of The Real Estate Forum​ (December 4-5).

Class of 2019


Berkeley, USA

ADEx leverages machine learning and natural language processing to analyze legal documents and extract structured data efficiently and accurately. This offline data is combined with online sources to provide deeper insight and predictive analytics.


Madrid, Spain

AREX is a software company that creates real estate solutions using blockchain and the most advanced technologies.


Denver, USA

BlueSuit creates unique insights for the commercial real estate investment lifecycle by leveraging modern artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to replace and advance the analyst teams exclusive to institutional owners.

BRED Token

Toronto, Canada

BRED Token utilizes blockchain technology and tokenization to pioneer the future of public offerings and create a more efficient real estate investment process, providing freedom, security, liquidity and tradability on public stock exchanges.

Fast Office

Toronto, Canada

Fast Office takes PDF flyers and generates 3D layouts with a total cost of occupancy in minutes that gets offers rolling in fast.


Toronto, Canada

Finneo is the comprehensive technology platform for commercial real estate debt management and placement.


Singapore, Singapore

PropertyQuants was founded by a team of PhD ex-quant traders looking to apply quantitative finance and data science techniques to global real estate, to improve decision making and help investors beat the market.


Gold Coast, Australia

Realar is an augmented real estate app that helps people spatially visualize property as life size walkthroughs before it’s built.


Helsinki, Finland

Skenario predicts the value and risks in properties using data and artificial intelligence on both residential and commercial real estate.


Singapore, Singapore

Talox is a cloud native, data powered inventory and deal management system for the commercial real estate industry in Asia Pacific.

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2018 Recap

10 startups
completed the Accelerator program ​

Colliers and industry mentors provided expert guidance

Colliers people, clients, industry professionals and technology investors attended Demo Day ​

9 pilot programs

4 partnerships
announced… and counting ​


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.

Applications Open

Feb 19, 2018

Applications Deadline

May 13, 2018

Start of Program

Sep 10, 2018

Demo Day

Dec 5, 2018

Location:​ Toronto, Canada

Meet the Mentors


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 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.

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.

The Class of 2019 will work closely with a global network of mentors from Colliers, Techstars, the broader real estate industry, successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.



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Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 20 years, our experienced leadership team, owning approximately 40% of our equity, have delivered industry-leading investment returns for shareholders. In 2018, corporate revenues were $2.8 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates), with more than $26 billion of assets under management. Learn more about how we accelerate success at, Twitter @Colliers​ or LinkedIn.

Techstars​ is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of $23 Billion.


Class of 2018

A Retail Space

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

New York City, U.S.

Basking 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.

10 startups
completed the Accelerator program ​

Colliers and industry mentors provided expert guidance

Colliers people, clients, industry professionals and technology investors attended Demo Day ​

9 pilot programs

3 partnerships
announced… and counting ​