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
  • 15:20 - 15:50

    Innovation round tables

    In this session, we bring together delegates in a series of 5 x 30 minute facilitated round table discussions, with leading industry experts. Join a table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals. Coffee and networking will also start for those who do not wish to participate in the discussion groups. 

    Round Table 1: Bridging the Gap: Overcoming integration challenges between PropTech and large corporates Led by: Luke Dixon, Head of Research, AMP Capital
    Round Table 2: How technology can be used to increase the utilisation and efficiency of loading docks, and reduce congestion in cities and urban destinations – Led by: Chris Mason, Chief Operating Officer, MobileDOCK
    Round Table 3: Making your commercial property more sustainable doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost at all – Led by: Trent Knox, Chief Executive Officer, EP&T Global
    Round Table 4: VC & Investor Insights Led by: Stephen Macdonald, Founder, The Proptech Connection 
    Round Table 5: How can the Australian property industry keep up in an ever evolving world? Led by: Shaun Sergay, Co-Founder & CEO, eGuarantee

  • 16:20 - 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.

    • What are VC’s looking for in a PropTech? 
    • 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:
    David Shein Partner, Our Innovation Fund
    Paul Saunders Chief Executive Officer, Asia Principal Capital
    Othmane Zrikem Chief Data Officer, AO PropTech
    Moderated by:
    Stephen Macdonald Partner, The PropTech Connection
  • 09:15 - 09:30

    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?

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