Finnova Foundation

Proptech Startup Europe Awards pitching session will take place in Brussels on May 6th

The event will be attended by more than 50 promising startups in innovation in real state from different countries

The event, organized by Workero and Finnova Foundation, is a sign of recognition by the European Commission of the importance and the huge potential of the innovative PropTech industry reshaping traditional real estate.

Several workshops will be held during the day: EU funding, legal affairs and EU funding Help Desk.

An international jury will decide the 5 winners of the elevator pitch, which will gain visibility and support by the European Commission and top investors.

Brussels, 30.04.2019. On May 6th Workero and Finnova Foundation will host the Proptech StartUp Europe Awards pitching session in Brussels, where more than 50 promising startups in innovation in real state from all over Europe and an international jury will highlight the relevance of the innovative PropTech industry. Apart from an exciting pitching session, the organizers will offer many workshops during the day in order to help startups apply for different subsidies in various EU funding programs, such as SME Instrument from Horizon 2020. 5 startups of the following 5 categories will be recognized in the event: Manage&Operate, Market, Invest, Plan&Build and Smart City&Live.

This category of SEUA, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe, is led by Dirk PaelinckCEO of Workero and creator of the EU PropTech House, the alliance of Real State associations dedicated to promoting a sustainable European PropTech market by fostering innovation and public-private collaboration, as well as supporting new entrepreneurs. The aim of SEUA is to identify local models in every new business ecosystem in Europe.

On that day, 50 StartUps, previously selected by a jury composed of 45 judges from several European countries, will present a closed elevator pitch of their project live in front of the jury. The jury consists of CEOs, CFOs, Directors and other members of JLL, PWC, Innogy, Metrovacesa, BNP Paribas Real Estate, AG Real Estate, Deloite, Bexis, RICS and many more companies from the world of Real Estate and digital transformation. The jury’s mission will be to select 5 of the 50 participating StartUps to compete in the final of the awards, which will be held at MIPIM in Paris in July. 

In addition to the elevator pitches, the day will have spaces enabled for networking and a workshop of the StartUp Europe Accelerator of the Finnova Foundation, organiser of the StartUp Europe Awards and expert in public funding of innovative projects, helping startups to obtain up to 2.5 million from the European Commission, on legal barriers in the European Union, mobility opportunities such as Erasmus for young entrepreneurs, funding opportunities such as open LIFE and advice on how to develop a successful proposal.

It is the first European initiative to give visibility and support to the most promising startups in innovation in real state. The PropTech StartUp Europe Awards is a brand new category within the StartUp Europe Awards’ framework (22 categories), promoted by the European Commission in collaboration with Finnova Foundation, which presents a prize methodology for startups at local, regional and national level, fostering the open innovation and the collaboration between the different actors of the European ecosystems, through the private-public partnership supporting new entrepreneurs.

About ProptechHouse

Its mission is to support a sustainable European PropTech market and to create a positive impact on the European living environment and beyond.
The main goals are the following: to scale up cross-border collaborations, to standardise the European PropTech markets, to create a legal framework adapted to PropTech, to foster innovation in Real Estate and to facilitate access to funding.

About Start Up Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards of the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative and Finnova is an open innovation methodology that encourages collaboration between the public sector and businesses in the promotion of innovative initiatives. Its aim is to help create alliances that allow entities and support programmes for entrepreneurs to be added to local partners and to be a communication tool for society.

StartUp Europe Awards is also supported by the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Committee of the Regions, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Committee and several members from the European Parliament. StartUp Europe Awards is sponsored by StartUp Europe Accelerator.

SEUA serves as a communication tool for society, encouraging collaboration between the public and business sectors and promoting innovative initiatives. Its aim is to promote the creation of alliances enabling in every region concerned to gather entities and the support programmes for entrepreneurs with local and international partners.

Adress: Workero. Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Brussels


  • General: from 08:30  to 17:30
  • Workshops: 11:00 and 15:00
  • Networking: 10:30 -11:00, 14:30 – 15:00, 17:15

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