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Real estate startups launch smart building initiative

Information updated on 20/06/18

About fifteen promising young companies have already emerged in the field of smart building in the Montpellier area. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole supports the initiative of four startups at the origin of the Prop Tech Montpellier movement. They intend to boost their exposure to architects and developers through coordinated actions such as shared trade show booths, a website showcasing their expertise, and cocktail events.

For the first time, the Montpellier Real Estate Conference in March included a “Startup Village” where nine young local companies presented their smart building solutions. This was an initiative of the recent Prop Tech Montpellier movement, which is strongly supported by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. “Metropolis authorities were very supportive of our participation,” comments Jérémy Guillaume. The managing director of Snapkin is one of the founders of Prop Tech Montpellier, along with Michaël Lalande of Idéalys, Lahouari Kaddouri of LKSpatialist, and Angelo Blot and Jérôme Barthès of MaSmartHome. “All these ecosystems must come together. It is important for them not to function in isolation,” highlights Chantal Marion, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole vice-president in charge of economic development, higher education and research, innovation, French Tech and artisanship, and urban development. “Together, startups will be better positioned to address property developers and architects.”
All assisted by Montpellier BIC, the start-ups have understood the interest of presenting themselves as a group to their very busy targets. The movement’s plans include participating in trade shows, developing a new website, and hosting cocktail events. Organized with FrenchSouth.digital at the MIBI building in Montpellier, the first of these events was a success. The next event is planned for mid-May to present the other Real Estate Conference participants, Amaplace connected concierge service, Bureaux&Co shared office space platform, InSitio online rental management solution, Net-Acheteur property hunters, and Arthur Dupuy olfactory marketing agency. “The Montpellier area is quite well served by these professions,” ensures Michaël Lalande. Jeremy Guillaume lists about fifteen companies and states that the group is open “is open.”
“This strong startup community is having quite an impact on the city,” adds the general manager of SERM, Christophe Perez, who already works with several members of the movement on projects related to “smart” city blocks and districts.
Find out more:
- Montpellier Real Estate Conference - Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Business & Innovation Centre (BIC)