Lando, a project by Artur Grau and Helena Grau (BBA&Law ‘23), was chosen as the winner of the 4th Esade Alumni & Idealista Real Estate Innovation Challenge on 29th March at Esade Barcelona, prevailing over the other finalists. CoCircular received an honourable mention for being a necessary and mature company that is fully aligned with Esade Alumni’s sustainability values.
Six finalists (Lando, Checktobuild, CoCircular, QOOB, Unibo and Quota), representing different stages of maturity and different segments, presented their projects to an audience of experts, investors, executives from companies linked to the real estate industry, and representatives of Esade BAN and Esade Alumni. These proposals had been selected from among 40 projects for their willingness to tackle significant challenges in the real estate industry, high growth potential, proposed prototype or minimum viable product, and suitable financial plan.
The panel of judges consisted of figures from the corporate, entrepreneurial and academic worlds: Miguel Montes (GEMBA ‘09), President of the Esade Alumni Business Innovation and Technologies Club; Enrique Martínez Laguna (MBA ‘93); Eduard Mendiluce (MBA ‘97); Acisclo Pérez (Lic&MBA ‘08) and Carmina Ganyet (VV ‘03), board members of the Esade Alumni Real Estate Club; Patricia Valentí (MBA ‘02/Promociona ‘19), Director of Esade Alumni; Fernando Zallo (Lic&MBA ‘83), Director of Esade BAN; and Daniel del Pozo, Head of Data at Idealista.
1-Artur Grau and Helena Grau (BBA & Law 23) presented Lando, a social housing project designed as an investment product that makes the real estate market more accessible to small investors looking to save money. The idea is to tokenise homes in €100 blocks that users can buy, rent or sell via an app.
2-David García presented Checktobuid, an automated construction supervision project based on 3D modelling and AI that identifies technical deviations quickly and easily.
3-Paula Sánchez presented CoCircular, a company that aims to prevent construction waste from ending up in landfills by following EU guidelines, which require 70% of waste to be recovered and traced. CoCircular transforms waste into opportunities and certifies its recovery.
4-Edu Albors presented QOOB, a project that envisions micromobility as the sustainable transport of the future through the creation of charging systems, parking areas and services for these vehicles to make green cities a reality.
5-Pedro García presented Unibo, a purely digital financial institution – or neobank – for property managers. The project offers reduced costs, savings on fees and greater transparency.
6-Giovanni Buono (MBA 13) presented Quota,a technological tool that selects tenants and provides protection that generates landlord trust through its candidate validation system.