I thought I’d take a few minutes to highlight the companies taking part in MetaProp’s Pre Accelerator at Columbia University.
The full list of companies:
- BlocPower (NYC) — Technology platform to make buildings and communities smarter, greener, and healthier.
- Doorport (NYC) — Starting with next-gen building entry, Doorport is creating an end-to-end building management platform to provide the best residential living experience.
- Hoozip (NYC) — Real estate wholesalers and investors.
- Irene (NYC) — Home equity access for seniors, that’s honest and simple. A debt-free alternative to reverse mortgages. (Website under construction.)
- OnSiteIQ (NYC) — Progress documentation and safety analysis platform for the construction industry.
- Streamline (San Francisco) — Streamline provides location intelligence for the real estate industry by applying machine learning to large geospatial data sets.
- Travtus (Singapore/London) — The new AI platform for Property Management & Operations.
- WeSmartPark (Barcelona) — Mobile application that helps users find parking from Barcelona to Madrid to New York City. The AirBnB for parking, but automatic.
A few of my own thoughts:
I’m particularly intrigued by Blocpower. They hooked me with their “Build a Greener World” message (I’m a sucker for doing good in the world, I know).
Think about the primary vision statement for Doorport:
The apartment intercom, reinvented in every way.
You’ll realize there is massive potential to power the tenant-guest and tenant-landlord communication across millions and millions of apartments. The strategic worry I’d have would be that Amazon’s Alexa would end up doing the exact same thing (at a much lower cost).
Irene seems similar to Point.com (which I’ve written about here), but focused on reverse mortgages.