Posted on October 23, 2019 by staff

PropTech accelerator welcomes latest cohort


Location and property data initiative Geovation has announced the latest cohorts to its accelerator programme.

The programme, delivered and funded jointly by Ordnance Survey and HM Land Registry, will welcome seven new start-ups in the PropTech and GeoTech sector.

The accelerator programme will provde the tech start-ups with support, access to location and property data and resources to help them develop.

The Clerkenwell-based Accelerator programme has helped 84 start-up since its inception in 2015, creating more than 200 new jobs and raising a total of £23.3m in investment funding.

The latest Geovation cohort to be supported by HMLR and OS:

  • Veya: making important information available to homebuyers earlier in the conveyancing process
  • Crowdhaus: modernising the property search market by providing the 21st century with ‘For Sale’ Smart Signs
  • SociAbility: the SociAbility mobile app allows users to quickly and easily find detailed and reliable accessibility information for local social venues and shops
  • Lairvue Ltd: a property viewing company providing a comprehensive 7 day viewing service to make sure property viewings do not get cancelled, postponed or missed
  • Earthscope: finds, forecasts and assesses wildfires by harnessing AI, satellite images and the weather
  • Hammer-Flights: provides an adaptive flight automation platform for drone service providers and in-house drone programs to collect quick and precise data
  • Atmo: provides air quality monitoring to heavy industry to minimise exposure to personnel

Andrew Trigg, chief geospatial and data officer at HM land registry said of the cohort: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the latest cohort of PropTech innovators, and help them apply our data to solving important social and commercial challenges.

“Ten years into the programme, we’re still seeing ever more novel and exciting ideas with each new intake.”

Head of Geovation, Alex Wrottesley, added: “It has been an incredible 10 years that has seen this Ordnance Survey initiative grow and establish itself within the start-up and entrepreneurial community. It’s been a real team effort and we’re now looking forward to the next 10 years and helping even more start-ups launch and prosper.”

Following its recent expansion into Scotland, Ordnance Survey (OS) and Registers of Scotland (RoS) have also welcomed the first group of companies participating in the inaugural Geovation Scotland Accelerator programme.

These are:

  • Folarity: ‘Forest Planner’ is a software as a service (SAAS) platform consisting of a website and mobile apps that will help forest managers plan and monitor their woodlands
  • Walks and Waterfalls: a treasure app to help users locate Scotland’s waterfalls, wild swimming spots, undiscovered walks and heritage sites
  • Myfaktor: a community-driven, property factoring platform to equip people living in residential blocks and developments with tools to reduce maintenance costs through optional self-management.