Real Estate Week in Paris

Tim Harrup

The organisers of Mipim, Reed Midem, have announced some details of the Paris Real Estate Week (14 to 17 September) This week of activities is structured around ‘Propel by Mipim (previously Mipim Proptech) and will comprise debates, conferences, Awards and an exhibition area designed to address key topics in property, city agendas, and innovation.

Mipim 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19 and postponed to be held March 2021 in Cannes.
Last January, the jury of the MIPIM Awards did select 45 outstanding projects from 19 countries in 11 categories, and the judges felt it was important that they received the recognition they deserved, and the postponed awards ceremony and dinner will now take place in Paris on September 15.

The winners will be elected on a 50:50 basis, with delegates’ votes carrying equal weight with the jury’s own votes. Those accredited to MIPIM 2020 and the Paris Real Estate Week will be able to vote online for the projects of their choice between 17 August and 11 September. In addition, the jury of real estate experts from around the world have the right to award one additional prize – the ‘Special Jury Award’, which goes to their favourite project amongst all the entries they considered. Paris Real Estate Week will, the organisers point out, therefore be the first event enabling real estate leaders to make an initial assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on the industry and to discuss future prospects. The Week will combine events organized by Propel and by Mipim as well as by clients and partners. And the Mipim Connect digital platform will continue to operate in parallel.

The following key topics in in the property sector will be discussed during the Week:

In this time of unprecedented crisis, innovation plays an essential role. Propel by Mipim, as the Week’s flagship event, will be held on September 14 and 15 at the Centquatre centre in Paris, complete with an exhibition space, conferences and networking opportunities. Companies that have already confirmed their presence at Propel by Mipim include JLL, Schneider Electric, Prologis, PI Labs, Keys AM, Saint Gobain, Arcelor Mittal and Metaprop.

Nicolas Kozubek, Director of Propel, explains: “Propel by Mipim is bringing together all stakeholders in the fields of property and the urban environment to promote the use of technology (and other) innovations that will enable us to work towards what is best, most useful, and most desirable, as we search for a compromise between public and private, individual and collective interests”. Propel by Mipim will specifically address the following topics: data, sustainable development, talent, investing in innovation, and the user experience.

This 2-days event will also host the new edition of the Startup Competition, which rewards the most promising and innovative start-ups in an effort to dynamize the property ecosystem. In addition, for the second consecutive year, the finals of the Start up European Awards , a competition supported by the European Commission's Startup Europe Department and organized by the European Finnova Foundation, Workero and the EU PropTech House, will take place at Propel by Mipim on Tuesday, 15 September.

The urban environment
< A day of conferences, the Mipim Urban Forum, will be dedicated to the themes of cities and the urban environment on Wednesday, 16 September. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will give the inaugural speech. Themed around ‘Embracing change’, the sessions will be designed to analyse all the factors that have changed our urban lives and how they impact the industry and urban development. In particular, the debates will focus on the ecological transition now that the current health crisis has highlighted its importance. It forces people to question urban routines and rethink current models, particularly with regard to mobility, urban density, infrastructure, and land use planning.

Investment will be addressed repeatedly in many of the Week's conference sessions. A closed-door event bringing together institutional investors will be organized on 15 September where they can discuss the impact of Covid-19 internationally and define the investment strategy best-suited to this context.

The remaining themes of this real estate week are Hospitality and Diversity.,Further details of the Paris Real Estate Week along with the full programme are available on