Propel by MIPIM Startup Competition – NYC

The Propel by MIPIM Startup Competition - NYC, in partnership with MetaProp, reveals the most promising and innovative startups that tackle the biggest urban challenges around the world.

In each categories the startups will pitch their ideas to an audience full of potential investors, clients and partners from all over the world. Gain visibility, new clients and powerful connections! 

Amongst prizes, winners will benefit from 2 free passes to MIPIM Cannes 2023, a free startup showcase at Propel by MIPIM NYC 2023, and brand exposure.

Seeking rising startups for the North American Real Estate Market


User Experience

All solutions improving user experience and the attractivity of real estate assets, workplaces and territories

ESG / Decarbonization

All solutions improving sustainability and supporting ESG initiatives in real estate

Business Efficiency

All solutions improving business efficiency and facilitating management, transactions, marketing, etc.

Conditions of participation

To enter the Propel by MIPIM Startup Competition categories, startups must:

  • Provide a solution for the real estate industry: they must demonstrate their capacity to move the real estate ecosystem forward with an innovative business model, technology, service or content experience
  • Be newly established (5 years old maximum)
  • Be business-ready (already launched or in beta)
  • Be independent
  • Be genuinely original and innovative, with international viability
  • Demonstrate a business impact for potential partners & Propel by MIPIM attendees
  • Be able to send representatives to attend Propel by MIPIM NY 2022

Until 23 September - Call for startups

The starting point of your journey. Apply online by 23 September in one of the 3 categories (Better Places, Greater Impact, Stronger Business).

3 October - Finalists selection

Get to be one of the chosen 9! The jury will select 3 finalists per category who will pitch their projects and solutions during Propel by MIPIM NYC.

9 November - On-stage finals

The selected finalists will be able to compete on stage in NYC in front of the final jury during a 3-minute pitch and a 5-minute Q&A.

9 November - Winners announcement

The winning startups for each category will be selected and announced on-stage by the jury at the end of the 3 finals.

⁞ Meet the Startup Competition Judging Committee

Pre-selection Jury

Zach Aarons
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Jennifer Place
Fifth Wall

Nicolas Kozubek
Director of MIPIM Markets

Finale Jury

Sara Shank
Global Head of Innovation
PGIM Real Estate

Judah Siegal
Senior Vice President
Brookfield Growth 

James Whalen
SVP, Chief Information & Technology Officer
Boston Properties 

Stevi Petrelli
Managing Director, Innovations Investments

Aki Karja
Director of Proptech

Zach Aarons
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kelly Soljacich
Director of EST Innovation

⁞ 2022 Sponsors & Partners

Global Real Estate & Tech Partner

Category Sponsor: Greater Impact

⁞ Discover the 2021 winners!

Meet the most innovative startups tackling the world's biggest Real Estate challenges! The 4 winners from our 2021 start-up competition will be showcasing their projects and solutions at Propel by MIPIM NYC 2022.


Data track

T2D2 is an AI-powered damage detection and continuous monitoring solution aimed at building and infrastructure owners and operators. Their web portal hosts digital twins of their clients' properties including a "Condition Assessment Dashboard" updated on a recurring basis through a subscription model.


Investment track

The Real Link Platform is a CRE proptech serving brokers, owners and all parties to a commercial real estate property sale/purchase that brings all parties to the closing table from day one. It is a workflow, communications, secure document repository and role/task assignment SaaS platform that increases efficiency and delivers true transparency. 


Sustainability track

Arloid Automation combines Deep Reinforced Learning and Digital Twin technologies to enable real estate companies to meet their financial and sustainability objectives. solution, in real-time, intelligently and precisely adjusts HVAC systems settings resulting in up to 40% reduction in utility consumption bills and carbon footprint.


User Experience track

Buzr is a retro-fit solution for smart apartment access. It is a NYC based proptech company launching the Buzr Pro smart intercom to solve front door issues for those living in old apartment buildings, with a significant B2C component. Buzr was founded under the belief that your living experience should not be determined by the date your building was built.