DBP hosts annual Make It in Brooklyn Real Estate Tech Breakfast
Leaders from across real estate, investors, and Brooklyn's innovation community came together for a morning of networking at The Williamsburg Hotel
November 20, 2018
The successful Make It in Brooklyn initiative has established Downtown Brooklyn Partnership as a lead supporter of Brooklyn’s entrepreneurs and innovators, and its annual Real Estate Tech Breakfast is one of the highlights of the Make it in Brooklyn calendar. Building on the success of last year’s breakfast, the signature event again brought together real estate leaders, VCs, investors, and proptech startups, and sparked conversations across the real estate tech industry.
(Above) John Horton, Senior Manager of East Coast Community Affairs at Lyft
DBP President Regina Myer welcomed the 75+ guests, observing that the annual Real Estate Tech Breakfast exemplifies the work that the Partnership is doing to connect emerging innovators who are creating cutting edge technology with established companies – and it’s all happening right here in Brooklyn. She went on to say that Brooklyn’s real estate market is thriving while we’re seeing a growing number of innovative technologies emerging alongside the industry.
The event stayed true to the popular “speed dating” format, with a carefully choreographed plan that gave participants the opportunity to engage with as many invitees as possible. Of the 12+ real estate tech startups in attendance with products ranging from building information modeling for construction phases to building management tools, three startups - Fentrend, Avvir, and Bixby - were given the opportunity to pitch their products to the entire gathering and take questions from the audience, which added a shark tank element to the morning.
Fentrend matches architects and builders with better window and door solutions. Founder, Andy Huh, explained how Fentrend’s analytics platform recommends the most optimal products for their complex project specifications and budget, while opening a new, low-cost sales channel for suppliers.
Raffi Holzer, founder of Avvir, pitched technology that provides and end-to-end construction monitoring service. By automating the processes around data acquisition, visualization, and analysis, Avvir can provide near real time insights into the state of a project including progress monitoring and defect detection.
Bixby has developed a cloud-based set of tools and services that enable property management teams to provide residents with a more connected, efficient, and sustainable building experience.
This was one of the most outstanding Make It in Brooklyn events to date and we fully expect it to lead to fruitful partnerships. Special thanks to the sponsors who made this event possible, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and JP Morgan Chase, both of whom have been Make It in Brooklyn sponsors from its inception, and to new sponsor, Lyft.