In the first episode of Season 10 of the Propcast, host Louisa Dickins is joined by Vincent Bryant, Co-Founder and CEO of Deepki and Grigor Hadjiev, Head of Product and Development for West Europe at Allianz Real Estate.
Louisa and Vincent discuss the founding of Deepki in 2014 and how their SaaS solution data intelligence platform is helping to guide top real estate players in their net zero transition. Grigor is one of Deepki’s clients and in this episode you’ll hear how they’re utilising the SaaS solution to leverage the data from their ESG performance against their goals into the wider business environmental strategy.
Grigor also talks about the obstacles in getting businesses to adopt and transform through digitisation and how to overcome this.
Key Insights From This Episode:
About Our Guests:
Vincent Bryant, co-founder and CEO of Deepki. His passion for energy goes all the way back to his early professional days. Vincent began his career with an energy consulting firm, before spending eight years at ENGIE as Energy Efficiency Director. In 2014 he created Deepki with Emmanuel Blanchet, driven by their shared vision: using data to make real estate more sustainable.
Grigor Hadjiev is Allianz Real Estate’s Head of Product & Development for West Europe responsible for the design and execution of large capex programs and topics including ESG and ‘smart‘. He also leads the Innovation & Digitalization activities, bringing data asset management into the firm’s existing expertise. Prior to joining Allianz Real Estate in 2018, he was Director for French-speaking Switzerland at Drees & Sommer. He started his career as an architect and general planner before joining a strategy & finance advisory firm. An alumnus of ETH Zurich, HEC Paris and ENSAPLV, Grigor holds a master’s degree in Architecture and Management. In 2017, he became a qualified member of RICS.
Founded in 2014, Deepki has developed a SaaS solution that uses data intelligence to guide real estate players in their net-zero transition. The solution leverages customer data to improve assets’ ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) performance and maximise asset value. Deepki operates in 39 countries, with 180 team members across offices in Paris, London, Berlin, Milan and Madrid. The company serves clients including AEW, Primonial REIM, Generali Real Estate, SwissLife Asset Managers and the French government, helping to make their real estate assets more sustainable at scale. In March 2022 Deepki raised €150 million in a Series C round of funding which was jointly led by Highland Europe and One Peak Partners. Other investors include Bpifrance, through their Large Venture fund, and Revaia.
Allianz Real Estate is a PIMCO Company, comprising Allianz Real Estate GmbH and Allianz Real Estate of America and their subsidiaries and affiliates. It is one of the world’s largest real estate investment managers, developing and executing tailored portfolio and investment strategies globally on behalf of a range of global liability driven investors, creating long-term value for clients through direct as well as indirect investments and real estate financing. The operational management of investments and assets is performed out of 17 offices in key gateway cities across 4 regions (West Europe, North & Central Europe, USA and Asia Pacific). For more information, please visit: www.allianz-realestate.com.
About Our Host
Louisa is the co-founder of LMRE, which has rapidly become the market leading global PropTech recruitment platform and search consultancy with operations across North America, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
To promote the industry she is so passionate about, Louisa set up the Global podcast ‘The Propcast’where she hosts and invites guests from the built environment space to join her in conversation about innovation.
LMRE is globally recognised for leading the way in Real Estate Tech & Innovation talent management.
From the outset our vision was to become a global provider of the very best strategic talent to the most innovative organisations in PropTech, ConTech, Smart Buildings, ESG, Sustainability and Strategic Consulting.
At LMRE we are fully committed at all times to exceed the expectations of our candidates and clients by providing the very best advice and by unlocking exclusive opportunities across our global network in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
[1:18] Vincent: Can you talk us through the founding of Deepki with your Co-Founder Emmanuel and elaborate on the product, the mission and its involvement in accelerating real estate’s environmental transition?
[3:30] Grigor: When did you start looking at this product and how do you use it?
[5:05] Grigor: Can you give us a brief introduction to your business and where you fit in?
[6:37] Vincent: You have just secured a huge investment. What has this meant for the expansion of Deepki?
[9:10] Grigor: Why do you think other businesses aren’t so forthcoming to this innovation, what needs to be done?
[10:38] Grigor: What is it going to take for real estate companies to start adopting more technology?
[12:17] Vincent: What are the key things that you’ve identified that have helped you in terms of uptake?
[14:34] Grigor: To move forward and drive towards this zero economy, do you think there are enough drivers to make it happen?
[17:10] Vincent: Tell us about your recent acquisition?
[18:33]The ‘LMRE’ part, Louisa asks the guests to talk about;
L – Touch on the main lessons you have learnt throughout your career.
Vincent: Execution is everything, not only to combat climate change but also to run a business, whatever the intent, everything is about making things happen.
M – Please give a mention to anyone / product / service.
Grigor: I’d like to send a message to the entire digital ecosystem to move forward and make sure that we work together to make this happen.
Vincent: I discovered a French company called La Solive. They train people within the real estate industry so they can provide quality services with climate change in mind.
R – What has been the most rewarding aspect of working in PropTech?
Grigor: Being able to see changes quickly.
E – What are you excited about in the future of PropTech?
Vincent: I think that technology and real estate can have a strong impact in the world, the real estate industry and especially the PropTech one has a huge opportunity to change the world positively.
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