Last August, tech startup founder Jay Reno stood on stage in Dallas, Texas, to explain to real estate investors, innovators, and thought leaders how Feather, the company he founded and led as its CEO, had developed a product that would deliver a more sustainable solution for home staging and furniture rental across the United States.
Alongside numerous real estate entrepreneurs from top tech markets throughout the country, Reno was in Dallas to participate in the iOi Pitch Battle, a competition held annually as part of the National Association of Realtors®’ Innovation, Opportunity, and Investment (iOi) Summit. Feather, thanks to Reno’s compelling argument, bested twelve finalists representing various other real estate tools and platforms that are similarly transforming real estate marketplaces everywhere.
Later this month, on September 28 and 29, the fourth annual iOi Summit will be held in Los Angeles, California. Second Century Ventures, NAR’s strategic investment arm, will again host the Pitch Battle competition, offering a prestigious opportunity for real estate technology startups to showcase their innovations live on stage and via livestream to a worldwide audience.
Each entrant in the Pitch Battle will conduct a live, 4-minute pitch on their product or service, followed by a 4-minute rapid-fire question-and-answer session from a panel of judges. Contestants are tasked with making a compelling case about how their technology will transform the global real estate sector.
This year’s winner will be awarded $15,000, secure a booth at NAR’s NXT conference in November, and have their company featured in upcoming RISMedia and REALTOR® Magazine articles. They’ll also have the chance to present the Pitch battle winner at iOi 2024. Previous year’s winners include Curbio, pre-listing home improvement and renovation innovators, and BoxBrownie.com, on-demand real estate photo editing and virtual staging standouts.
Join NAR at iOi or catch the Pitch Battle on livestream later this month on the NAR Facebook page.