The property industry is one of the largest and most valuable asset classes in the world and the use of technology (Proptech) to improve this sector is on the rise.
Proptech refers to technology that is aimed at the real estate industry and attempts to change the way we buy, sell, finance and manage property.
It is a small part of a wider digital transformation in the property industry and it’s impact will be huge.
London-based real estate advisor Savills estimated that the global real estate industry was worth an eye-watering $217 trillion in 2016, of which approximately 75 per cent was comprised of residential property.
A recent report CB Insights stated that approximately US$6 billion in venture capital has been invested globally in proptech since 2011, of which 70 per cent was in the last two years.
According to a local report by KPMG and Taronga Group’s investment arm Real Tech Ventures, investment into proptech companies will reach $20 billion by 2020.
The current proptech industry in the Asia Pacific consists of 179 startups raising about $US4.8 billion ($6.26 billion) in funding since 2013, already taking up 61 per cent of proptech investments worldwide.
And proptech funding in the region is forecast to hit $US4.5 billion ($5.87 billion) a year by 2020.
What better time for a dedicated Australian Proptech event.
The Proptech Australia Summit will bring together real estate companies, agents, brokers, tech VCs and institutional investors within the proptech ecosystem.
The objective is to create an annual forum where real estate decision makers from across the value chain can connect with cutting-edge startups and technology companies to take their business to the next level and build the future of property.