Stephen Macdonald

Stephen Macdonald

Partner, The PropTech Connection

Stephen is a Partner with the proptech connection (“PTC”), a global advisory firm with offices in Australia and the USA.  PTC specialises in helping real estate companies source technological solutions to meet their commercial objectives. PTC also works with a number of PropTechs, developing strategic plans and facilitating international expansion for those seeking to launch in ANZ or in the USA. The firm also has an extensive network of global VC funds for whom it sources relevant dealflow for investment, acting as an outsourced origination partner.

Stephen was formerly the Investment Director of the Taronga Proptech Venture Capital Fund, held senior roles within Strategy, Finance and Business Optimisation at listed REIT, Mirvac and was an Investment Manager at the Sigma Renewables/CleanTech Venture Capital Fund in Scotland, UK. Stephen began his career with PwC where he focused on Real Estate Funds and Trusts during his time in Assurance. Stephen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Takes part in

  • PropTech NEXT SummitView Full Event
  • 16:15 - 17:00

    VC PANEL: What are Proptech VCs doing to deliver maximum value to their investors, partners, and portfolio companies?

    In this session we hear from the VC’s themselves and how they are working with Proptech’s as well as their Investors and the buyers themselves to provide value to all parties and the industry overall.

    • Focusing on the right technologies and making the right bets
    • Helping portfolio companies respond and benefit from accelerated change
    • Identifying opportunities for more mature start-ups to exit and return capital and profits to LPs
    Panellists include:
    Othmane Zrikem Chief Data Officer, AO PropTech
    Christian Jølck Founding Partner,
    Paul Saunders Chief Executive Officer, Asia Principal Capital
    Moderated by:
    Stephen Macdonald Partner, The PropTech Connection
  • 09:00 - 09:15

    Examining the Global Proptech landscape and where Australia is positioned for growth

    By Stephen Macdonald Partner, The PropTech Connection

    In this session we get an update on the development of the industry globally, where is Australia placed and what mega trends are driving change and innovation in the industry.

    • Looking at the global investment overview and examining the key themes and sectors being invested in today. How has it changed and how may it change over the next decade?
    • Where is Australia relative to the global landscape?
    • Where we are in innovation cycle and what is the future?
  • Smart & Healthy Buildings SummitView Full Event
  • 11:30 - 12:10

    Panel Discussion: PropTech Innovators Showcase - Integrating new technologies into smart buildings

    By Stephen Macdonald Partner, The PropTech Connection

    New technologies are coming fast and furious to an industry that is in dire need of new methods and processes to heighten efficiencies and create resiliency and sustainability. Will these leading-edge technologies be the solution in a new era of smart and healthy innovation?

    In this session, we hear from 3 leading international start-ups who are each delivering solutions to meet the current challenges of the industry. They will share insights into why they have developed these tech solutions and how they will transform key aspects of the industry.

    Panellists include:
    Mark Blum Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cognian
    Roope Pajasmaa Chief Growth Officer, Platform of Trust
    David Azar AI Innovation Manager, AdOPT AI
    Moderated by:
    Stephen Macdonald Partner, The PropTech Connection

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