A peek inside London's Pi Labs property tech accelerator
13 May, 2015
We hear a lot about industry-specific accelerators: fintech, healthcare, and a whole variety of corporate collaborations, but there is a new one that has captured our attention.
Meet Pi Labs (Property Innovation Labs): a 13-week intensive mentor-led program to accelerate the growth of property startups. Based in London, it’s the product of a strategic partnership between Cushman & Wakefield and Spire Ventures.
Pi Labs is Europe’s first property focused accelerator, and the blueprint team was lucky enough to meet with the brains behind the operations during a recent visit to London: Juliette Morgan, C&W Tech Global Lead and Head of Property for Tech City UK, and Tom Redmayne from the C&W Global Tech Team. Their founding story and mission is remarkably similar to that of blueprint, so it was fascinating and inspiring to hear them describe their vision. Nevermind the great potential for cross-border collaboration - watch this space!
The building Pi Labs call home is, aptly named, Second Home: a community of entrepreneurs and creative businesses in a former carpet factory in Shoreditch. The interior design is spectacular: curved transparent acrylic walls, an orange tunnel-like eating area, plenty of living breathing greenery, awesome lighting fixtures and unique seating. Our meager photography doesn't begin to illustrate the brilliant design, so check out the video on their site. Equally importantly, their café/restaurant is delicious. We’re proud of our blueprint coffee machine, but we also think the Pi Labs chefs should move closer to Hong Kong!