PropTech innovation at The Property Awards 2021

The shortlists have been confirmed and the venue has been set. It’s official The Property Awards run by Property Week are back. In November, property professionals will gather in London to celebrate excellence within the commercial property sector.

The categories for this year’s awards evening range from highlighting the work of commercial developers to giving recognition to some of the youngest property personalities in the industry.

But for the time being, we’re going to focus our attention on the innovators within the PropTech sector, and with the industry growing reportedly 300% during the past decade the competition to claim top prize is steep.

With this in mind, we’ve previewed some of the companies that have made it onto the shortlist this year.

District Technologies

With offices in London, Wales, Lisbon and New York, District Technologies is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest-growing workplace experience platforms on the market.

District Technologies’ platform successfully caters for both employees who choose to work on-site or remotely and allows communities to stay connected from anywhere.

Thanks to cutting-edge innovation such as health checks and occupancy monitoring, District Technologies are at the forefront of boosting confidence amongst workplace communities and are leading the way when it comes to designing a safe re-entry into the workplace.

Aside from providing users with up-to-date COVID-19 advice the platform also acts as a workplace social network, providing regular content updates around upcoming events and a skill-based search directory to help keep workplace communities connected.

Coyote Software

An award-winning cloud-based platform that is aiming to transform the way that real estate businesses buy and manage assets globally.

Coyote was designed and built by real estate professionals meaning those previous pain points within the industry have been taken into consideration and solutions have been provided. The premise of Coyote Software is that it provides a central hub for all commercial real estate data and promises to deliver more effective collaboration across teams.

Some of the benefits readily available to users of Coyote’s solution include speeding up client reporting through generated automated reports and providing live tenancy data, so property managers can wave goodbye to having to log into multiple property management systems trying to line up data from various sources.


Interestingly, whilst Metrikus was founded only in 2019, the concept for the business was born many years before during the London Olympic Games.

Whilst an asset manager was working on the construction of the London Olympic Park, he realised there was a real need for assets to be managed more effectively. After being tasked with allocating CCTV to different areas of the park, this led to him creating a live map to show the location and status of CCTV cameras.

This led to not only saving engineers time, but also meant managers could make better more informed and ultimately at bigger cost savings. This was also the birth of asset mapping.

Today, Metrikus is known for a variety of services such as occupancy and capacity monitoring which allows users to analyse how individuals are moving through the workplace. Other functions include being able to monitor indoor air quality and healthcare solutions that optimise medicine fridges with continuous and accurate temperature monitoring.

Student Cribs

A leading provider of university accommodation for students in their second and third years across 23 cities.

Student Cribs are truly one of the market leaders in this space, offering students stylish properties, in the best locations in university cities and towns.

Student Cribs which has almost been running for twenty years now, was founded by Charlie Vaughan-Lee out of a frustration that letting agents wouldn’t let him and his university friends rent premier accommodation due to the simple fact that they were students.

Since 2003, the business has gone on to hire over 50 employees and is regularly shortlisted for awards and prior to the pandemic won the Alternative Category Award at the 2019 Estate Gazette ceremony.

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