The enthusiasm and passion for innovation in the property industry was demonstrated when more than 60 people attended the launch of the Proptech Association Australia at Stone and Chalk recently.
The event was addressed by Alex Scandurra, CEO of Stone & Chalk, Isaac Coonan, director of the REACH program at Second Century Ventures and Kylie Davis, founder of the association.
Isaac told the audience that the proptech industry needed an independent and united voice that could bring the industry together.
“There’s so much happening in proptech with an increasing amount of support and funding and corporate buy-in,” Isaac said.
“But there’s a risk it can become fractured, and we saw this in fintech. So we’re excited that there’s an industry association that will be able to become a centralised point of truth and articulate a clear strategy of where the industry is going and how people can connect into it.”
The CEO of Stone & Chalk, Alex Scandurra, said the rate and pace of innovation in proptech is as intense as it was in fintech and the industry could draw some lessons from this.
“We are particularly interested in helping Australian proptechs leverage the same pathway to success, and provide the same support infrastructure our fintech startups were able to benefit from,” Alex said. “It’s the right time to propel our proptechs onto the world stage.”
The founder and executive director of the Proptech Association Australia, Kylie Davis, said the association had a vision to grow the proptech market and make it easier for customers to feel confident about adopting new technology into businesses that did not have a legacy of change.
“We want to do this by educating our markets about what good technology adoption looks like and how to get better at project management and embracing change,” Kylie said.
“And we will be working at the proptech end to identify what best practice looks like so that change can be made with confidence according to commonly agreed standards.”
Special thanks in setting up the Proptech Association Australia go to:
Marie-Anne Lampotang & Alex Scandurra – Stone & Chalk
Julian Kezelman – Taronga Ventures
Isaac Coonan and Shelli Trung – REACH
Dan Evans – Macquarie Bank
Chris Omeissah – KPMG
Lara Scott – AgentHaus
Nathan Krisanski – HomePrezzo
Peter Schravemade – BoxBrownie
Mark Armstrong – RateMyAgent
Sarah Bell – AIRE
Laine Poirier – REB Online
Leanne Pilkington & Tim McKibbin – REINSW
Mark Hollands – RealContent
Cecille Weldon – Weldon Co
James Dearsley – Unissuu
Read more: Why we need a proptech association