Physee wins 2nd edition of Union Investment's Proptech Innovation Awards

Dutch company Physee has emerged as the winner of the second edition of the Proptech Innovation Awards, held in Berlin on Wednesday by German fund manager Union Investment Real Estate and the Berlin-and Frankfurt-based German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC).

The runners-up were UK-based HIP Interactive Property and Spaceti from the Czech Republic.

Physee, headed by Maarten de Haas (pictured), won the first prize for the world's first fully transparent electricity and data generating windows that increase the energy efficiency and user experience of buildings.

HIP, headed by Kai Peeters, delivers solutions that allow investors and property owners to leverage the liquidity currently locked up in real estate and makes property wealth more accessible by turning real estate equity and debt into tradable assets via blockchain technology.

Czech-based Spaceti, which was represented by co-founder and COO Aakash Ravi, provides '3in1' solutions for smart buildings, including occupancy and environmental analytics, smart parking and a solution for indoor navigation.

Wild card
The PropTech Innovation Award 2018 carries a total monetary prize of €40,000. On top of that, Physee has now received 'a wild card' for one of the three preliminary rounds of the MIPIM Start-up competition, to be held in Paris, New York and Singapore.

The three companies were selected from 11 finalists out of over 130 applications from 28 nations. The other finalists who pitched their ideas before a nine-member international jury and a live audience were:

Assetti, France
BIMwelt Systems, Germany
CoWork.io, France
Hawa Dawa, Germany
Office App, Netherlands
PAVE Group, Germany
PriceHubble, Switzerland
Sensorberg, Germany,

The jury comprised Maarten Vermeulen of RICS, Claire Penny of IBM Watson IoT, Maurice Grassau of Architrave, Christian Schulz-Wulkow of EY, Nikolas Samios of PropTech 1 Ventures, Judi Seebus of PropertyEU, Wolfgang Schäfers of IREBS, Jörn Stobbe of Union Investment and Benjamin Rohé of GTEC.