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Spark Notes – October 12, 2023


Success in corporate venture capital (CVC) comes from achieving financial and strategic returns. Companies often miss these returns when the CVC unit and the business lines are not properly aligned, funded, and incentivized.
Sean Wright, Investment Principal at JLL Spark with over 20 years as an institutional investor and the last six years exclusively in CVC, summarizes the challenges and how to overcome them in our latest blog post JLL Spark’s CVC series, part 2: Achieving financial and strategic returns.

What’s new with our startups

Desana Expands Their Network into the APAC Market
The Edinburgh-based startup welcomes 100 workspace locations across India in a new partnership with Awfis offices.

Insights in the media from JLL

Commercial Observer’s Power Proptech List 2023
JLL CTO Yao Morin and JLL Spark Managing Partner Raj Singh are named on the list, along with portfolio company Jones’ co-founder and CEO Omri Stern.

Connect with our team at the following events
October 18-20, 2023 | Seattle, Washington USA
Ajey Kaushal is moderating the panel “AI Applications in the Built Environment.”

Proptech Forum Sydney
October 19, 2023 | Sydney, Australia
Carolyn Trickett is speaking on a panel to discuss “The big problems [in real estate] that need solving.”
Real Estate Innovation Festival
October 23-24, 2023 | Sydney, Australia
Carolyn Trickett is speaking on the topic “Generative AI potential for real estate.”
CREtech Climate Global Leadership Summit
October 23-25, 2023 | Stockholm, Sweden
Raj Singh is attending.
Impact 2023 by InnoLead
October 25-27, 2023 | Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
Danny Klein is speaking on “The Motivations Behind Corporate Venturing.”

Learn more about the current landscape of PropTech investing

Soaring Demand for Low Carbon Offices Will Outstrip Supply | September 25, 2023
Bosses Aren’t Just Tracking When You Show Up to the Office but How Long You Stay | September 25, 2023
New Council Bill Would Delay [New York’s] Local Law 97 Penalties on Thousands of Condos and Co-ops for a Decade | September 29, 2023
VCs Hope Plunging IRR is Behind them | October 2, 2023
New York Adopts Emissions Limits on Concrete | October 4, 2023
What San Francisco’s AI Leasing Boom Means for Its Office Market | October 4, 2023
Team-Based Return-to-Office Plans Replace Company-Wide Mandates | October 10, 2023
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