Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

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2020 Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition is canceled. All tickets will be refunded.

Kellogg is pleased to host the 7th Annual Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition on April 22, 2020 at the Kellogg Global Hub in Evanston

The conference portion of the event brings together leading industry experts providing insight and perspective on the current real estate environment.

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

Look for an invitation and registration information at the end of January. To learn more about the Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition, visit the conference website.

April 22, 2020

The 7th Annual Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

Competion rules

Review the competition rules.

Previous competitions

Learn more about previous competitions.


Please contact the Kellogg Real Estate Center with any questions.
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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. 
We are happy to provide a parking permit for visitors that drive to campus. Upon arriving, park at either the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive) or the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. Before leaving campus make sure to ask the staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

Kellogg secured a room block at the Hyatt House in central Evanston.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-974-9288 and mentioning the group code/name or simply by using the link below and entering the code online under Corporate or Group Code. Here is your group code: G-DKRE

This link takes guests to our home page where they will follow the steps below:

1.Click the yellow "Book Now" button in the upper right hand corner. 

2.Enter arrival and departure date (within contracted block)

3.Select "Corporate or Group Code" from the drop down menu

4.Insert the above code

5.Click "Book Now" again

Organizing Committee

Efraim Benmelech

Efraim Benmelech is the Harold L. Stuart Professor of Finance, the Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research at the Kellogg School of Management and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Benmelech’s research interests are in the field of credit markets where he studies financial contracting, financial crises, securitization, bankruptcy and financial distress.

William Bennett

William Michael Bennett is the Principal and Founder of Level Office Management, LLC, a coworking platform that serves as the operating and development arm of twenty buildings in sixteen cities. Level Office was #94 on the INC 5000 fastest growing companies in 2016. Previously, Mr. Bennett founded and managed a company that acquired and redeveloped the 23rd largest portfolio of student housing assets in the US, earning #407 on the INC 5000 list in 2012.

Craig Furfine

Craig Furfine is a Clinical Professor of Finance. Furfine studies the functioning of interbank markets, securitization, and real estate finance, having published in scholarly journals including the Review of Corporate Finance Studies, the Journal of Business, the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking.