PropTech Innovation Summit 2020

Digital Solutions for Urban Places and Spaces
May 28, 2020 - Kulturbrauerei Berlin

This year, Proptech Innovation Award founders Union Investment and GERMANTECH are looking for concrete answers to the real estate sector’s most pressing issues across six new categories. More than 140 proptechs from 29 countries have applied for the fourth round of the renowned award. The knock-out round, the final round and the awards ceremony will take place during the PropTech Innovation Summit on 28 May, 2020 at Kulturbrauerei in Berlin. More Information are coming soon...

Key Dates

Lauch of fourth edition

4th Edition Launch

The application period of the Proptech Innovation Award 2020 started.


Deadline for applications

Deadline for Applications

Entries were to be submitted by 15 February 2020.

Announcement of finalists

Announcement of Finalists

A jury committee from Union Investment and GERMANTECH will choose three finalists from each of the six categories.

PropTech Innovation Summit

PropTech Innovation Summit

All three category finalists will pitch in front of an selected audience of industry professionals. Six PropTechs will go on to the final round on the main stage. The jury will choose three winners.

About this year's Award

Under the motto "Digital Solutions for Urban Places and Spaces" Union Investment and GERMANTECH are organising the PropTech Innovation Award for the fourth time. This year we are not only looking for the most creative and innovative solutions, but also for the most relevant that meet current challenges in the real estate sector. Six new categories were identified by Union Investment in exchange with partners from the real estate industry and reflect today's pressing issues.

In the last few years the PropTech Innvoation Award has created an international network that allows young tech companies to access and invigorate the real estate innovation sector. For many non-German startups, applying to the PropTech Innovation Award, with its strong integrated network and professional audience, is key to entering the German real estate market.

The competition features prize money up to EUR 40,000. The pitch rounds and the awards ceremony will take place at the Proptech Innovation Summit on 28 May 2020 at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin.

The six categories:

Efficient Decision Making

How does your solution optimize processes, product evaluation time, automation potentials, and decision making to ensure quality, accuracy, and clarity of data in real estate transactions and management processes?

Smart and Sustainable Buildings

How does your solution help building owners, operators and users  solve the challenges of energy consumption, building efficiency, and/or rise of demanding regulations & connectivity in the context of smart buildings and smart cities?

Future Office

How does your solution enable building owners to reduce/control costs or effort to stay relevant, attractive, flexible, and modern to support the needs of future tenants in terms of flexibility, rental terms and fit-out?

Smart Retail

How does your solution help shopping and retail locations tackle the struggles of e-commerce and support local based brands to stay relevant and unique?

Connected Hospitality

How does your solution ensure sustainability, individuality, branding, or automated processes in hospitality?

Smart Living

How does your solution add value to residential buildings to offer tenants a perfect experience while they are at home (e.g. safety, comfort, healthy living, cost transparency, or flexibility) and how will you reduce complexity for the owners?

Voices about the PropTech Innovation Award

  • It is through competitions like this that people from all walks of life come together to creatively solve issues related to the growing global demand for new infrastructure, new ways of working and living, client focussed and operationally efficient real estate.

    Tina Paillet FRICS, Chair of RICS in Europe

  • We are full of anticipation for the fourth edition! With all the experience we've gained over the last few years, we're now going to take on specific challenges in our search for the most promising start-ups and technologies. In addition, our competition will culminate this year in the big Proptech Innovation Summit, where we’ll develop concrete solutions with representatives from the "old" and the "new" real estate industry. This connection is exactly what we prefer to work on with GERMANTECH and what the "economy of tomorrow" embodies for us.

    Maria Gross, Managing Director, GERMANTECH

  • The proptech scene has come of age. More and more solutions are being developed through close engagement with the industry. Our initiative is designed to leverage this new maturity. We’re looking for robust, viable solutions. Our aim is to specifically address major pain points facing us and other relevant players in the sector.

    Jens Wilhelm, member of the Management Board of Union Asset Management Holding AG

Your contacts

Anna Yukiko Bickenbach
Event & Program Manager

+49 176 20202710


Manuela Vogel

Manuela Vogel
Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
Senior Marketing Manager



What happened 2019?

  • What happenend with the Award Winners 2019?

    1st Prize: DABBEL Automation
  • What happenend with Award Winners 2019?

    Portrait about BAO LIVING
    3. Prize: Bao Living
  • What happened at the PropTech Innovation Summit 2019?

    Proptech Innovation Summit 2019

Hall of Fame

More than 500 PropTechs from around the world have competed for the high-profile award in previous years. Our prize winners since 2017 include the following innovators:
  • 1st Prize 2019

    1st Prize 2019
  • 2nd Prize 2019

    2nd Prize 2019
  • 3rd Prize 2019

    3rd Prize 2019
  • 1st Prize 2018

    1st Prize 2018
  • 2nd Prize 2018

    2nd Prize 2018
  • 3rd Prize 2018

    3rd Prize 2018
  • 1st Prize 2017

    1st Prize 2017
  • 2nd Prize 2017

    2nd Prize 2017
  • 3rd Prize 2017

    3rd Prize 2017