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Jessica Galang is a tech journalist who has been tracking the Canadian tech ecosystem for the last several years. In the past, she was news editor at BetaKit and a reporter at The Logic, interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs in emerging industries.
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On December 4, Techstars hosted a Demo Day for its Colliers Proptech Accelerator, a Toronto-based program that helps property tech startups overcome business challenges and find investors. The Demo Day is the culmination of a three-month program that gives proptech entrepreneurs access to mentors from Colliers, a Canadian real estate services organization boasting 400 offices in 68 countries. This year, the accelerator received applications from over 50 countries. Many of the startups in this cohort...

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In many industries, technology is one of the biggest drivers of disruption, and real estate is no exception. It’s something that many real estate investors are anticipating. According to CB Insights, global property tech (proptech) investment is projected to reach a record US$6.3 billion across 382 deals in 2019, compared to US$4.5 billion invested across 399 deals in 2018. To support this emerging breed of startups, new programs and investment firms are cropping up. In...

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Many factors can affect whether a real estate firm should put their money into a property or not. Downturns in the economy, population growth and long-term return on investment all usually play an important role. Over the years, these priorities have shifted, and so have investor strategies for managing risk and generating ROI. In PwC Canada’s 2020 report on the Canadian real estate investment landscape, major closures of retailers are creating a subdued sentiment, and...

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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks on manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...