Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

Real estate conference

Futureproofing CRE Success

Kellogg is pleased to host the 6th Annual Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition on April 10, 2019 at the Kellogg Global Hub in Evanston.

The theme of this year’s conference is Futureproofing CRE Success. The agenda features:

Responding to Rising Risk Keynote Chat with:
  • Kathleen McCarthy, Senior Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
  • Amy Diamond, Managing Director, Northwestern University’s Investment Office

Capitalizing on Opportunity Panel: A high-powered panel of experts discussing the latest development trends.

The Venture Competition brings together student teams from prestigious international universities to pitch real estate venture ideas to a panel of high-profile judges, competing for $100,000 in both cash and in-kind prizes.

For more details on the Venture Competition, follow the links below:

Please email with any questions about the competition.

April 10, 2019

Registration is closed.


Please contact the Kellogg Real Estate Center.

Images from the 2019 Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time Event
12:00 p.m.
Registration and Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Capitalizing on Opportunity Panel: A high-powered panel of experts discussing the latest development trends
Dave Cocagne, President and CEO, Vermilion Development

Stevan Galich, Principal, Dwell Interests
Scott Goodman, Founding Principal, Farpoint Development
Mark Stern, Managing Partner, Real Estate, Cresset
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Responding to Rising Risk Keynote Chat
Kathleen McCarthy, Global Co-Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
Amy Diamond, Managing Director, Northwestern Investment Office
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Venture Competition Finalists
Kimberly Adams '01, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan
Erwin Aulis, Retired, COO, Northwood Investors
Adam Metz, Board Member, Forest City Realty Trust
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
Kellogg has arranged valet parking services for the event.   Please utilize this service if you intend to drive to campus.  We highly encourage using a taxi or ride share service to campus due to extensive construction and lack of parking. 

Where to Stay

Kellogg has secured a group rate of $139/night at the the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston.  Reservations can be made by calling Hilton Central Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667).  Please identify yourself as being with the NU Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition to receive the group rate.  To make your registration online, visit the website and enter the code NKRECV in the box marked "Group/Convention Code."  The group rate is available until March 29.  

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) maintains an extensive system of elevated trains (also known as “the L”) and buses throughout Chicago and Evanston. The train stop closest to Kellogg is the Purple Line Foster stop on Church and Davis Streets. The 201 bus departs from the Howard St. terminal and stops on the corner of Foster and Sheridan.

Be advised, while inexpensive, taking the CTA from the airport can take up to 90 minutes and requires transferring trains.

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Conference Sponsors

Conference Sponsors

Past Winners

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2019 / Berkeley Haas

Click + mortar

Click + Mortar proposes to collocate ecommerce incubator spaces with package pick-up centers in large, empty ground floor retail spaces in major cities. Click + Mortar plans to launch in three distinct locations in San Francisco later this year. By taking on the master leases in each of these approximately 5,000 square foot spaces, Click + Mortar will be able to offer soft goods retailers of all sizes flexible, short-term leases for anywhere from 100-500 square feet of micro-retail space.

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about past winners.

2018 winner

2018 / Kellogg School of Management

Family Veterinary Group

Family Veterinary Group or “Family Vet” is an operating company/property company that builds and operates new animal hospitals while also buying developing and leasing back the real estate. The company raised seven figures of capital in 2018.

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about past winners.

2017 winner

2017 / INSEAD


PeoplePods is a corporate solution to provide dignified co-living communities for migrant workers in Southeast Asia. As of 2019, construction of their first community (~200 people) was complete. They are breaking ground on two larger (~500 people each) communities in March 2019 and later in the year.

In 2018, PeoplePods won the UN Sustainable Development Goals Award at the 2018 Nudge Global Impact Challenge (Netherlands); and the Final 10 for their green design at the 2018 Livability Challenge of the World Cities Summit (Singapore). These competitions complement their winning the 35th INSEAD Venture Competition and the Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition in 2017. In October 2018, they gave a TEDx Talk in the Netherlands on their vision to empower women at the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid. They are currently on their second round of external funding with high-profile foreign angel investors and strategic local partners.

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