Realty Awards - September 17 & 18th 2024

Giving visibility and support to the most impactful projects of real estate and construction companies, as well as to innovative companies in real estate technology. Aligned with the principles of the New European Bauhaus: “Beautiful, Sustainable, Toghether”.

by Realty & European PropTech Association

About

Realty Belgium and European Proptech Association have joined forces to bring forward the Realty Awards 2024.

Organized for the first time in the rich history of Realty Belgium, the Realty Awards 2024 aim to give visibility and support to the most impactful projects of real estate and construction companies, as well as to innovative companies in real estate technology. These pan-European Awards are supported by leading industry partners and the European institutions, with a clear mission to become the reference competition in Impact.

The competition has two separate tracks: track 1 for the most innovative impactful tech solutions and track 2 for the most impactful projects in real estate and construction (2023-2024).

The track 1 of the competition for innovative impactful tech solutions is supported, under the umbrella of StartUp Europe Awards, by the European Commission, 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 of the European Parliament.

ESG is not sustainability, and disclosure is not Impact.

Stating ESG metrics is one thing, generating and measuring true impact is however a completely different approach. The Realty Awards 2024 are focused on Impact: the measured generated positive effect of the projects or solutions on people and the planet.

The Realty Awards 2024 enjoy the support of 70 C-level executives in real estate, construction and technology, as well as professionals from the European Commission, which guarantees a balanced and truly objective validation of the most impactful projects or ventures in Europe.

The New European Bauhaus principles: leitmotiv for the Realty Awards 2024

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) has become a central pillar within the EU Green Deal since January 2024. We have therefore aligned the criteria of the Realty Awards 2024 with the principles of the NEB: “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together.

Awards

Timeline

June 1st to August 28th 2024

Impact Projects Track 2

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June 10th to August 15th 2024

Startups + Scale Ups Track 1

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June 15th to August 20th 2024

Judging Track 1

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June 15th to August 31st, 2024

Judging Track 2

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16th and 17th of September 2024

Live Finals Track 1

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September 17th 2024

Live Finals Track 2

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Categories

Track 1 Categories Startups

Finance & Invest, incl. ESG Reporting

The start of any real estate project, the selection of the site, the investment and financing phase.

  • New financing models
  • Technologies
  • New investment models
  • Technologies assisting in integrating ESG factors and Sustainability requirements from the conception phase

Design and Construct, incl. Raw Materials

The design of the buildings, the execution of the construction works, up to the handover of the buildings. Also includes new materials for construction.

  • Technologies enabling faster and more accurate designs, using AI
  • Solutions reducing costs during the construction process
  • Technologies allowing to build faster and more accurate

Market and Transact

Commercialization of buildings: bringing the building to the market and prepare and execute transactions

  • Solutions bringing the asset faster to the market
  • Technologies enabling faster and more secure transactions
  • Solutions reducing the costs of commercialization
  • Technologies automating the valuation of assets

Property and Asset Management

Overseeing real estate properties and investments to maximize their value and performance. This includes managing leases, maintenance, financial planning, and compliance with regulations, ensuring optimal returns for property owners and investors.

  • Technologies assisting in data capturing, or ESG reporting or increasing the sustainable impact
  • Solutions enhancing cybersecurity capabilities
  • Technologies for CO2 capture and storage

Social Impact

Focus on a company's impact on society.

  • Contribution to working conditions & employee wellbeing.
  • Ability to improve community engagement.
  • Improvement of rights-based solutions and products.
  • Ability to specifically solve the S of ESG.

Energy Efficiency

Contributing to sustainability and compliance through energy efficiency solutions, technology, and products.

  • Technology which tracks & meaningfully reduces energy consumption.
  • Ability to align with Green Building Standards and EU Compliance.
  • Breakthrough HVAC technologies.

Track 2 Categories - Projects

Circularity Realty Award

Honoring innovative projects that optimize resource efficiency, reduce waste, and establish sustainable, closed-loop systems, setting a standard for circular economy practices in real estate.

Specifically aligns with the NEB principle of “Sustainable.”

Architectural Realty Award

Recognizing exceptional architectural designs that merge creativity, functionality, and sustainability, enriching the built environment and inspiring future developments.

Aligned with the NEB principles of “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together.”

Social Impact Realty Award

The Best Social Impact Project award honors initiatives that greatly enhance community well-being, promote social inclusion, improve access to essential services, and foster economic opportunities, creating enduring positive change for local residents and stakeholders.

Aligned with the NEB principles of “Sustainable & Together.”

Urban Regeneration Realty

Honoring developments that combine residential, commercial, and public spaces to create dynamic, sustainable communities with diverse amenities.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Together.”

Biodiversity Realty Award

Recognizing projects that safeguard and enhance biodiversity, nurture healthy ecosystems, and advance environmental sustainability.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Sustainable.”

Hospitality Realty Award

Honoring outstanding hospitality projects that deliver exceptional guest experiences, boost tourism, and stimulate local economic growth.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Sustainable.”

Mixed Use & Community Realty Award

Recognizing developments that blend residential, commercial, and public spaces, fostering vibrant, sustainable communities with varied amenities.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Together.”

Office Realty Award

Honoring cutting-edge office projects that boost productivity, support well-being, and emphasize sustainability in the workplace.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Sustainable.”

Residential Realty Award

Recognizing residential projects that offer high-quality, affordable, and sustainable living spaces, improving residents' quality of life.

Aligned with the NEB principle of “Sustainable.”

Industrial and Logistics Realty Award

Recognizing projects that enhance industrial and logistics operations, improve efficiency, and advance sustainability within the supply chain.

Aligned with the NEB principles of “Sustainable & Together.”

Why Apply?

Prize award of 10.000 €

Prize award of 10.000 €

Prize award of 10.000 euro in services

Coaching to apply for EU funding programs such as Horizon 2020, SME instrument

Coaching to apply for EU funding programs such as Horizon 2020, SME instrument

Get coaching, support and advice from our in-house team to apply for subsidies in various EU funding programs.

European Recognition

European Recognition

Be recognised by the European Commission and top investors as the most promising PropTech startup or Scale-Up of Europe in your category and ultimately as the most innovative European PropTech Start-up or Scale-Up 2024.

Be listed on PropTech House

Be listed on PropTech House

Become listed on PropTech House, and use PropTech House to consolidate your startup (apply to an accelerator, apply for funding, execute a M&A...).

Access to Work space

Access to Work space

Free access to the workspace of the EU PropTech House at Workero in Brussels during 1 year.

Privileged access Investors and Subsidy

Privileged access Investors and Subsidy

Privileged access to investors & Advice on subsidy opportunities.

TRACK 2: impact projects

Demonstrate your impact in real estate

Demonstrate your impact in real estate

By participating in the Realty Awards 2024 by Realty Belgium and European PropTech Association, celebrating the industry's most beautiful, sustainable and inclusive projects.

Showcase your expertise

Showcase your expertise

Experience and vision along the principles of the New European Bauhaus, the central pillar of the EU Green Deal since January 2024: “beautiful, sustainable, together”.

Get peer reviews

Get peer reviews

Have a Jury of 70 industry professionals and professionals of the EU Institutions evaluate your unique realisations, from extraordinary buildings to regenerated unban environments, based on Impact, which is the MEASURED positive effect of the project on people and planet.

Sustainability

Sustainability

With a specific look at on originality of the concept, architectural qualities, environmental/sustainability qualities, integration of the project in its community, quality of the user experience, economic contribution and impact.

Innovation

Innovation

With a specific focus on new construction methods and materials, beyond the life cycle strategy, carbon emissions, degree of durability and resilience towards changes, flexibility, ...

Criteria

The applicants will be evaluated by 70 C-level executives from the real estate and construction industry, based on the following criteria.

Based on the principles of the New European Bauhaus (NEB): “Beautiful, Sustainable, Together.”

Track 1: the Startup track

Does the solution have a positive & measurable impact?

Aligns with the overall IMPACT aspect of the Awards. Rate the environmental, societal or governance impact. Take into account elements such as:

  • Tons of avoided GhG
  • Tons of avoided raw material or tons of raw material reused
  • People with enabled access to affordable house, transports and other spaces
  • Reduced vulnerability to water hazard (flooding, scarcity)
  • Reduced vulnerability to temperature hazard (heat, cold, fire)
  • Net Promotor Score for citizens (qualitative)

Sustainability

Aligns with the NEB ethos of “sustainable”. Rate the degree of sustainability of the solution. Take into account elements such as:

  • Materials (and their origin) and component selection
  • Energy consumption reduction, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable energy
  • Extraction, production and transportation of materials
  • End of life strategy
  • Beyond the lifecycle strategy (deserves a high score if the solution is focused on this element)

Team skills and composition

Take into account elements such as:

  • Diversity (gender, race, …)
  • Technical, commercial and financial expertise matches the company needs?
  • Talent recruitment and retention capacities
  • Corporate culture building

Potential Problem Solving

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “beautiful, sustainable, together ”. Is the company solving a real problem with a solution having a product-market fit? Take into account elements such as:

  • Significant pain points clearly identified?
  • Target markets clearly identified?
  • Customer needs confirmed?
  • Capable of adapting to evolution / changes in the problem?

Technological / technical innovation

Rate the degree of technical and/or technological innovation. Take into account elements such as:

  • TRL status (Technical Readiness Level 1 to 9)
  • Dependence on foreign materials (rare minerals, …)?
  • Patent status, IP protection
  • Groundbreaking solution or novelty?

Business Model Innovation

Is the startup/scaleup considered a business innovator by its model? Take into account elements such as:

  • Clear defined and articulated strategy
  • USPs
  • Realistic financial plan

Track 2: the Project track

Projects completed in 2023 or 2024.

Originality of the concept

Rate the original, innovative approach. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Aesthetics
  • Integration with its environment
  • Adaption to its changing environment
  • Flexible future use

Architectural qualities

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “beautiful, sustainable, together”. Rate the degree of architectural innovation. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Robust (strong, not be vulnerable to minor changes in the business, information, application and technology systems)
  • Utilitarian (utility that, when implemented, will result in practical outcomes)
  • Durable (durable with the passage of time and resilient to changes in the business and technical environments)
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing conditions
  • Aesthetics

Environmental / sustainability qualities = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “sustainable”. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Materials (and their origin) and component selection
  • Energy consumption reduction, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable energy
  • Extraction, production and transportation of materials
  • End of life strategy
  • Beyond the lifecycle strategy (deserves a high score if the solution is focused on this element)
  • Tons of avoided GhG
  • Tons of avoided raw material or tons of raw material reused

Integration of the project in its community = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspect of “together”. Is the project responding to the needs of its future inhabitants? Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Diversity (gender, race, …)
  • Affordable housing component (social housing included)
  • Inclusion elements
  • Spaces addressing the needs of specific inhabitants
  • Neighbourhood culture contribution
  • People with enabled access to affordable housing, transport and other spaces
  • Reduced vulnerability to water hazard (flooding, scarcity)
  • Reduced vulnerability to temperature hazard (heat, cold, fire)
  • Net Promotor Score for citizens

Quality of the user experience = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “together and beautiful”. Rate the degree of quality offered to the future users. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Power of Visuals, Emotions, and Clarity
  • User-Friendly Intuitive Interaction & Design
  • Customer-centricity and Personalization
  • Space utilization rate data
  • Total occupancy cost data
  • Seamless integration of tools, increasing the comfort of users

Economic contribution = IMPACT

Aligns with the NEB aspects of “sustainable and together”. Take into account elements such as (but not limited to):

  • Positive impact on the income of neighborhood and users
  • Job creation by the project or as a consequence of its realization
  • Attracting new businesses

Sponsorship opportunities

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Dirk Paelinck at +123 456 7890 or via email at dirk@proptechhouse.eu

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