Startup network

Startups develop new technologies and disruptive business models, and are digitization drivers. In the past, several industries have learned the hard way how important it is to address future trends in a timely manner. Few companies are able to master this challenge alone. And that makes it all the more important to have an active exchange with innovative startups and a network of like-minded people – such as the ones we foster in our Creators ecosystem.

Our scouting team identifies and assesses high-potential startups worldwide and initiates ongoingcollaboration with Drees & Sommer. Start-up scouting is carried out as the result of an internal request, in response to specific client needs, and on the basis of tech areas and trends regarded as relevant.





While structured trend research is well established in other sectors of the economy, this is not the case in the construction and real estate industry. That is why Drees & Sommer has written an Innovation Scouting Report  examining the technology trends and mega trends that are shaping the industry’s future. The report also presents PropTech and ConTech companies that are specifically focused on promoting these technologies.

The Drees & Sommer Innovation Scouting Report 2023 looks at the megatrend of neo-ecology and the three most relevant technology trends of today: AI (artificial intelligence), Big Data Analytics, and IoT (the Internet of Things). We present specific solutions from the startup scene based on four solutions from proptechs and contechs, in this way providing guidance for the strategic orientation of innovation activities.


In the Drees & Sommer Innovation Scouting Report 2022, we look at the three most relevant technology trends of today: Big Data Analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (The Internet of Things). In the report, we present use cases for the aforementioned trends with concrete solution approaches from the startup scene. The use cases serve as a helpful reference point when strategically aligning innovation activities. After all, companies need the right startup know-how for every phase of the real estate lifecycle.


Whether you look at neo-ecology, digitization or urbanization, the real estate industry is in a period of transition. As a result, innovations that were formerly ‘nice to have’ are becoming essential to corporate success. Just published in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK) in Holzminden, the report provides an overview of relevant topics, technology trends and startups, thus serving as a guide for strategic orientation of innovation initiatives.


Active innovation scouting is necessary to drive Drees & Sommer's innovation leadership and the digitalisation of the industry. We use technological solutions to secure the future. Understanding the potential applications of these technologies in our industry is essential. To keep an eye on the most relevant technological developments, we rely on trend scouting with a focus on technologies and their applications. Start-ups are characterised by the rapid implementation of new technologies. Drees & Sommer also benefits from short development phases and rapid adaptation. Our extensive start-up network forms the basis for providing suitable solutions for Drees & Sommer and our customers. We combine our many years of expertise with the innovative spirit of start-ups.


Sofie Offenwanger Innovation Manager, Drees & Sommer