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According to a new report published by commercial real estate giant JLL, VCs invested $1.05 billion in global construction technology startups in the first half of 2018, a record high. 2018’s investment volume is already up nearly 30 percent over the 2017 total. These startups are helping to deliver projects more quickly, to reduce the amount of resources being consumed, to make worksites safer, to increase coordination among stakeholders in the projects, and to provide new data sources for project leaders.
While there’s no doubt that technology has made real estate transactions faster, more streamlined and more user-friendly for today’s real estate buyers, sellers and professionals, it has also made these same audiences more vulnerable to cybercriminals who are looking to cash-in. Earlier this year, the FBI reported that nearly $1 billion had been stolen from buyers in real estate transactions in 2017 and a 480 percent increase in inbound complaints—establishing the real estate industry as one of the fastest-growing targets for cyber attacks.
Headout, a mobile app that lets consumers book last-minute activities in 15 major cities, has raised $10 million in Series A financing. Nexus Venture Partners and Version One Ventures led the investment in the New York City-based startup, which has raised $12 million to date.
Residential real estate has proven to be a strong driver of economic growth and individual wealth, representing more than 15% of our nation’s GDP. The combined value of housing in the United States reached a record-high $31.8 trillion in 2017, according to Zillow.
The procedure for cleaning patients’ ears hasn’t changed in close to 200 years. But, Dreamit HealthTech alum SafKan has developed a medical device that modernizes this process. SafKan recently announced additional funding from cultivate(MD) to continue its commercialization efforts.
Dreamit UrbanTech alum Traxyl is raising $3 million in seed financing with a mission to make optical fiber-quality data connectivity accessible and affordable to everyone. The team will use the funding to develop its machines that build optical fiber networks, to hire employees and find a new warehouse space. The company previously received a Small Business Innovation Research grant totaling nearly $225,000, for third-party lab testing.
Technically Philly covers the launch of Dreamit’s new SecureTech vertical.
Commercial real estate firms are investing heavily in technology startups and established companies that help manage data. The acquisition of FacilitySource comes after the company established itself as the go-to data solution for the facilities management industry and built advanced analytics capabilities that tap into performance data gathered since its founding in 2005.
Today we announced the launch of Dreamit SecureTech and our plans to invest in and accelerate game-changing securetech startups. Dreamit SecureTech has three focus areas: Logical will focus on hardware and software-based cybersecurity products; Physical will focus on mitigating threats to people and property; and Social will focus on the dimension of human communication such as fraud, social media/fake news, and information warfare.