Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

Thanks to all who attended the 2021 Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition.

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

The Venture Competition featured student teams from top business schools that pitched real estate venture ideas, competing for significant cash and in-kind prizes.

Congratulations to team Urban Revival (University of Chicago) - You are the winners of the 2021 Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition!

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business team of Robert Palacios, Katherine Keller, Brian Green, Aileen Gray, Cooper Morrison, and Andrew Killian (top to bottom in photo) took first place in the Kellogg Real Estate Venture Competition on April 21, 2021 with their idea to provide high quality, reasonably priced, and thoughtfully designed spaces to live, work, and play in the urban core of El Paso and other southwestern cities. Nine teams from nine schools globally competed in the competition.

Panel Discussion

Commercial Real Estate and Covid-19: Lessons Learned and Conjectures for a Post-Covid World
The pandemic that descended on the world in 2020 had and will continue to have a major impact on commercial real estate. Social distancing and working from home had dramatic effects on hospitality, retail and office properties, which saw sharp declines in occupancy and income. At the same time, data centers and industrial properties fared better. While the future course of Covid-19 is still uncertain, the availability of effective vaccines and the vaccination efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere indicate that there is light at the end of the Covid tunnel. What lessons did real estate investors learn during the pandemic? What are the main challenges and required changes for commercial real estate in a post-Covid era? This panel brings together esteemed real estate experts with diverse expertise across real estate sectors to discuss their experience during the past year as well as their projections for commercial real estate in the coming year and beyond.

April 21, 2021

Kellogg Real Estate Conference and Venture Competition

1:00pm (CDT)

Competion rules

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Previous competitions

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Platinum Sponsors

EQ Office

Silver Sponsors

Dermody Properties
Walton St Capital

In-Kind Sponsors

Expansive (formerly Novel CoWorking)

April 21, 2021 / Remote

Time Event
1:00 - 1:40
Keynote Address
1:40 - 2:45
Panel Discussion
2:45 - 3:00
3:00 - 5:00
Venture Competition

Organizing Committee

Efraim Benmelech

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.

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.

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.