Who can enter

Submit your research to Greenovate if Proptech is your focus area and you’re a:


  • Post-grad student – Masters and PhD thesis
  • Post-grad Technikon student
  • Small businesses in the early research & development phase  

How the competition works:

Step 1

Send through your research submission summary which must investigate technology innovations in the property sector.

Step 2

All submissions received by 30th September 2024 will be reviewed by Growthpoint and the GBCSA to assess relevance, applicability to the property space and significance to the sustainability pressure points currently faced within our sector.

Step 3

Top 10 finalists will be announced on 4th November 2024. All finalists will be invited to present their research to a panel of judges on 28th November 2024. From this presentation, judges will select 3 winners within the category.

Step 4

Winners for each category will be announced at the prestigious gala dinner and prize giving.


Launches Proptech category!

To tackle the challenges and opportunities faced in the industry, we have added a new category to the competition to encourage innovation in the property technology sector, and ensure improved occupancy, higher value, better communication, and transparency.

What you can WIN:

First Prize:

R37 000 cash prize. The winners will also present their innovation to leading built environment professionals at the annual GBCSA Green Building Convention 2024. One year access to the award-winning Property Point Bespoke Business Development Support Programme (BDS), which includes:
  • Business ideation to Market
  • Mentorship coaching
  • Financial Management Skills
  • Optimisation of Operations and Processes
  • Business Development
  • Mentorship
  • Business Management Skills
  • Advisory on Strategy, Innovation, and Scaling

Second Prize:

R18 500 cash prize

Third Prize:

R12 500 cash prize

Cash prizes are sponsored by Growthpoint.

Green Building Council of South Africa will award all winners with tickets to the 2024 GBCSA Convention. Growthpoint properties will sponsor all winners with travel and accommodation allowance to the 2024 GBCSA convention.

As this is the first year for Proptech as a category in the Greenovate Awards, the list of eligible topics is broad. We have compiled a range of topics, and many of these will tie in well with your chosen project.

** The judging takes place in Johannesburg, and all participants from universities/locations based in other cities will be flown to Johannesburg for the judging and gala dinner. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by Growthpoint Properties.

Recap of important dates

  • 30th September 2024 : Submissions close
  • 4th November 2024: Top 10 finalists announced
  • 27th November 2024 : Finalists present to judges
  • 28th November 2024 : Gala dinner & winners announced


A cash prize

Mentorship programmes and workshops with industry experts during the course of 2022

Leading sustainability and property companies will have direct access to your talent

Enjoy access to leading industry thinking and possible exciting employment opportunities

A nationally recognised accreditation - Green Star SA Accredited Professional Candidate Course at no cost