This week, is fortunate to be in Cannes, France for MIPIM, the premier international real estate exhibition, conference and networking event. Spread over 5 days, MIPIM has taken over the city with more than 23,000 real estate professionals. Among them are many of the PropTech innovators of tomorrow including the eight finalists of the 2017 MIPIM Startup Competition.

In 2016, MIPIM launched the 1st ever international global real estate startup competition for the most promising and innovative startups tackling the biggest urban challenges around the world. This year’s competition was organized with global real estate tech partner MetaProp NYC and was hosted in the major international hubs for property tech: New York, London and Hong Kong.

The finalists assembled yesterday in Cannes to present a final round of pitches for a panel of judges in the Grand Auditorium. The judges included Ryan Baxter, VP Real Estate Liaison for REBNY; Aaron Block, Co-Founder and Managing Director at MetaProp; James Dearsley, Founder of the Digital Marketing Bureau; Dan Hughes, Director of RICS; and Laurent Pavillon, Global Head of Business Marketing and Communications for BNP Paribas Real Estate.

In an effort to be inclusive of the full spectrum of real estate technology, the finalists belonged to three categories including Building, City and Transaction. The winners, all United States-based startups, included Envelope, Storefront and Ravti.

Finalists in the Building category were:


Founded in 2012 and based in Rotterdam, Chainels is the first online communication platform for business parks, shopping areas and inner cities. Their B2B platform works to improve communication, security and marketing for shopping areas and districts.


Cunio connects landlords, tenants, property managers and service providers with a mobile app and website forming the basis of the everyday exchange between the parties.


Uses a digital tagging system to automate bidding, procuring and overseeing HVAC operations; clients include CBRE and Regency Centers.

In the City category were:


Makes private parking garages available to the public with an app which allows for a keyless, cloud-based system for entry and exit of a garage.

Add Weup

Located in airports throughout the world, Add Weup machines allow you to deposit your leftover coins and notes into your PayPal account.


3D urban mapping platform which integrates various data to help developers determine  the best use of site and maximize buildable square footage.

In the Transaction category were:


World’s largest online marketplace for finding temporary retail or event space in the best neighborhoods to create meaningful (and profitable) experiences.

Popular Street

Creator of the residential rental platform, WeDeal, a self-service platform for residential rental transactions.


Online platform for securing commercial real estate loans from a wide variety of lenders including banks, private lenders, and online marketplace lenders.

Travis Barrington

Travis BarringtonTravis Barrington is the Founder of, a media and events startup focused on commercial real estate technology. He is also the Founder of High Rise Facilities, a resource for owners and managers of tall buildings. Travis lives in Southern California.