Michael Beckerman, CEO, CREtech and Ben Liao, Managing Director of the Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars to Co-Host Event on December 5th


New York, NY (November 15, 2019) — CREtech (cretech.com), the leading commercial real estate technology conference and data company, in conjunction with Colliers and Techstars have announced they will Co-Host the upcoming Proptech Summit to be held in Toronto on December 5th from 1pm-4pm. An All-Star lineup of thought-leaders and influencers in the commercial real estate tech sector from throughout Canada and the U.S. will be featured speakers at the event titled, “Insights from the World’s Leading Influencers”.

CREtech CEO Michael Beckerman and Techstars Managing Director, Ben Liao will be on hand to emcee the days activities. The event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Through a series of fireside discussions and panels, Proptech Innovation Day will provide insights from the industry’s leading experts discussing the impact of technology on the commercial real estate industry and how it will shape the future. These sessions bring together the market influencers and leaders in commercial real estate, proptech and venture capital who are developing groundbreaking solutions around the world.

“As we make our first entrance into Canada, we could not ask for a better partner than Ben Liao of both Colliers and Techstars,” stated Michael Beckerman, CEO, CREtech. “For several years we have been witnessing the explosion of both tech and Proptech specifically in Toronto and we are thrilled to be co-hosting this exciting event. As witnessed first-hand at our most recent 2000-person event in Brooklyn, the commercial real estate tech sector has truly emerged as a global marketplace with incredible progress being seen around the world. This upcoming event represents our company’s plans to grow internationally as well,” Beckerman concluded.

“The CREtech organization has been a beacon for many entrepreneurs entering the sector and hoping to find a path forward. Highly engaged purpose built communities, such as the CREtech community, are very hard to create yet they are absolutely necessary for innovation.  Having built the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed with over 10,000 mentors in 150 countries, we know this first hand at Techstars,” stated Ben Liao, Managing Director of the global Colliers & Techstars partnership. “I could not think of a better mission-driven leader in the sector to work with than Michael Beckerman. We are here to #GiveFirst and help build the burgeoning global proptech community,” Liao concluded.


Confirmed speakers include: 


Featured sessions will include:


Fireside Chat with Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs is Alphabet Inc.'s urban innovation organization. In a fireside chat with Josh Sirefman, this important discussion will dive into new, innovative strategies that can accelerate urban innovation to improve urban infrastructure through technological solutions, and tackle issues such as cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage.  Toronto’s eastern waterfront presents an extraordinary opportunity to shape the city’s future and provide a global model for inclusive urban growth. The Sidewalk Labs vision of achieving new standards of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity will serve as a beacon for cities around the world.


Corporate Innovation Panel

From Startup to Scaleup.  Scaling tech startups can have a tremendous influence on any industry and historically this has impacted some of the largest industry incumbents.  Technological innovation is changing the world at an unprecedented rate and the real

estate industry is no exception.  How should industry incumbents embrace tech startups?  We explore the range of strategies that should be considered in order to assess the market, take advantage of innovation and realize the benefits of embracing technology.


The Landlord Panel

The panel will address CRE’s opportunities and challenges in implementing technologies and applying innovations to a legacy industry. They will highlight key trends influencing real estate value in the office sector providing new ways of thinking.


The VC Panel

Hear from leading global investors as they reveal their unique investment strategies in technology companies who are on the path to shaping the future of the real estate industry. 

More speakers and panels to be announced. 

To register, click here.


About Colliers International

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 more than 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 corporate.colliers.com, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn.


About Techstars

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. www.techstars.com


About CREtech

CREtech is the premier conference, data and consulting company in the world servicing the greater real estate and technology community. Our mission at CREtech is to connect the real estate and tech sectors by hosting the largest and most engaging conferences, publishing in-depth industry research and content.

CREtech is owned and operated by The News Funnel, the leading content, connectivity and event platform devoted to the commercial real estate industry.

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