Interview with Henning Zander
Head of Aareal Bank AG's start-up programme
Mr Zander, to what extent does Aareal Bank's start-up programme support the development of intelligent and pioneering forms of collaboration?
First of all, our start-up programme is obviously a great tool to better recognise and understand the drivers behind the digital development and market trends. That, however, also applies to pioneering forms of collaboration. We are currently putting a lot of thought into how we can further develop our smart collaboration models – which we are already using within the Company – making them even more effective. Discussions and exchanges of information with young, innovative and unconventional companies are a great help.
What does that look like, specifically?
Within the scope of our start-up programme, we continuously invest in interesting young companies and initiatives. In 2019, for example, we invested in PropTech1 Ventures, a venture capital fund specialising in European PropTech start-ups, thus gaining access to ten to fifteen tech-savvy property sector companies, whose development and working patterns we can now closely follow. This way, we don't just increase our innovative strength; we also benefit by developing our collaboration models.
realxdata is another cooperation partner which Aareal Bank won in 2019. What is this collaboration about?
realxdata specialises in standardising as well as digitising and digitalising tenant lists by applying machine learning processes. realxdata will structure and analyse property data in the new lending business and portfolio management for Aareal Bank, integrating that data into the Bank's system via proprietary interfaces, therefore enabling in-depth and precise time series and cash flow analyses within a few minutes. Even after the test phase of only three months, we have found that our cooperation with realxdata will be greatly beneficial for our business.