On Saturday March 24, 2018, Better Spaces—a New York City based real estate technology start-up—demonstrated to the judges, and the entire Harvard real estate community, that they are best suited to successfully master the tectonic shifts occurring in commercial real estate today.
The Real Estate Venture Competition is the highlight of Harvard’s Annual Real Estate Weekend. Hundreds apply from all over the world, and ten finalists are selected to pitch. Submissions are evaluated on solution, impact, scale, competitive landscape, financials, risk, and team.
Founder Stephen Rizzo and Product Developer Bukky Awosogba presented Better Spaces—an agile amenities platform that allows owners to curate unique experiences in their portfolio, and increase tenant retention in their buildings.
Stephen kicked off by saying, “Today we are going to talk about Einstein, recombinant innovation, and smoking rooms.“
Better Spaces showed how they quickly became the leader in tenant engagement by creating, what they call, Inspired Spaces. The inspired space is designed for tenants to learn, work, play, and recharge throughout the day.
Moreover, Better Spaces’ agile amenities platform transforms existing building stock and future-proofs amenity spaces in development.
Their mobile technology allows for scale. It enables tenants to reserve space, control conference tools, participate in wellness programs, and communicate with the building. Data from the app gives property owners deep insights into tenants needs, thus providing an intelligent retention tool.
The judges unanimously agreed that Better Spaces was the most innovative and astute competitor and awarded them first prize.