Cushman & Wakefield and Spire Ventures today announced its strategic partnership with Pi Labs, Europe’s first property-focused technology accelerator company. Founded by Faisal Butt (Founder and CEO of Spire Ventures, formerly known as Hamilton Bradshaw Real Estate) and Umesh Kumar (former Techstars and Oxygen Associate) Pi Labs was created to assist start-ups focused on property and technology innovation. The programme will accelerate the growth of these companies by providing them with access to investment, mentoring and business space. This move underlines Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to support and drive innovation in property and tech hubs globally.
From October 2014, innovative property start-ups will be able to apply to join the Pi Labs accelerator programme which will be located within ‘Second Home’, a new iconic 20,000 sq. ft. space in Shoreditch. Founded by Rohan Silva, former adviser to David Cameron and chief architect of London’s Tech City initiative, Second Home will set new global standards in the provision of stimulating private and social workplace environments supporting collaboration and co-working amongst creative and technology businesses.
Through its strategic partnership with Pi Labs, Cushman & Wakefield’s tech team led by Juliette Morgan, (Head of Property at Tech City UK) will relocate to Second Home and become an integral part of the accelerator programme. The Pi Labs programme was founded by entrepreneur Faisal Butt and Umesh Kumar (who will assume day to day operations as programme director) out of the realisation that a platform approach to property innovation would improve the success rate of budding ventures when compared to the isolated efforts seen today.
This unique initiative puts Cushman & Wakefield at the heart of London’s tech ecosystem working alongside world-class entrepreneurs, tech innovators and creative companies while sharing the firm’s extensive range of industry sector specialisms, contacts and networking opportunities. For Spire Ventures, Pi Labs is a natural next step after the venture capital platform’s investment in eMoov (the UK’s largest online estate agent) and most recently, Spacious, positioning the firm as London’s most active investor in prop-tech start-ups.