The global leader in commercial real estate services Colliers International, along with TechStars, the worldwide network that assists entrepreneurs announced that Ben Liao will join them as Managing Director of the Colliers Proptech Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, according to a release.
“I am excited for the incredible opportunity to unite pioneering entrepreneurs with Colliers and Techstars,” said Ben Liao. “As the need for Proptech continues to grow within the real estate industry, and as venture funding continues to enter the sector, our program will be at the forefront of helping startups scale their businesses quickly and strategically. Ultimately, uncovering and shaping enterprising Proptech solutions will help accelerate the success of Colliers’ clients and professionals.”
Liao’s role will have him working with Colliers and Techstars leadership to develop the Colliers Proptech Accelerator. The program is the first of its kind that mentors worldwide startups that are focused on creating disruptive technology in the property and real estate industry.
Liao’s focus will be on choosing companies from a large selection of applicants, teaming with Colliers to determine the tactical direction and investment profile of a given program, generating and maintaining a tight crew of mentors, sponsors, investors and corporate partners.
“Ben’s entrepreneurial and enterprising spirit aligns with Colliers’ and Techstars’ unique culture of innovation, making him a perfect fit for the role,” said David Brown, Founder and Co-CEO of TechStars. “We look forward to our new partnership with Ben as we leverage opportunities together and search for the latest technologies that will help Colliers’ clients and professionals thrive.”
Prior to joining TechStars, Liao was at Ritual, a tech company with venture backing, where he was a member of a senior team of leaders. His focus on developing strategies for growth across the US and the world, leading national partnerships aiming at new market entry. He was a leader in organizations ranging from startups to large enterprises with a focus on business development, investing, strategy and strategic partnerships.
“We are thrilled to be working with Ben on the Colliers Proptech Accelerator, Powered by Techstars program,” said Dylan Taylor, President & Chief Operating Officer of Colliers International in the release. “This partnership highlights our commitment to providing the most innovative and cutting-edge technology solutions to help our professionals become more effective, and to help our clients accelerate their success. Ben will be a great resource and mentor throughout the duration of this program as we source, shape and harness the best and brightest who will make a difference in our industry.”