Although applications have been open for less than a month, the MetaProp Pre-Accelerator at Columbia University has received more than three dozen submissions promising the possibility of real estate's next big idea. Applicants include university students, recent alumni, architects, real estate professionals, investment professionals and entrepreneurs.The pre-accelerator seeks to grow the next innovative PropTech companies during an eight-week boot camp program running from May to June. The MetaProp and Columbia team is thrilled with the breadth of interest in the program. Managing Director Aaron Block said: “I am absolutely blown away, shocked and stunned, by the quantity and caliber of applications we have received already. It is clear that the highest quality of first-time entrepreneurs are jumping into PropTech with both feet.”

Applicants are using cutting edge technology including blockchain, big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to disrupt real estate’s most established sectors from senior housing to retail, food, property development and real estate investment. No more than five companies will be selected. Applications close on April 30, but early submissions will get extra attention.

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