2022 Global Innovators Highlight – Where are they Now?

The 2023 Paris Summit offered three-days of events drawing from expert perspectives of C-Suite executives and senior thought leaders across Europe, Africa and The Middle East. Attendees had the opportunity to gain invaluable insights about how global companies are currently disrupting the industry today.

The Summit also celebrated BuiltWorlds’ 2022 Top 50 Global Innovators— from a panel featuring 2022 winners, to a reception and dinner. This list highlights the global AEC organizations that are playing a pivotal role in shaping the built environment for the future. This piece features the four speakers and their companies that participated within the Global Innovators Panel.

The BuiltWorlds team is now looking ahead for the next wave of Global Innovators that will be featured within the 2023 Top 50 Global Innovators List.

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The Global Innovators Panel at the 2023 Paris Summit displayed four top companies driving change and innovation across the globe. Each of the four companies discussed their insightful perspectives on how to externally and internally drive change within AEC. Below is a short summary of the companies that participated in the panel.


Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire AEC industry. Trimble’s Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence.

Running the whole 3D digital visual market from building design to a fully immersive VR experience, Autodesk, Inc. has since elevated its AEC focus, represented by its timely purchase of PlanGrid in 2018, and its recent launch of the Construction Cloud. Autodesk is one of the most active CVCs in the ConTech space as of late and every time they show up on a cap table there seems to be a waterfall of follow-on investments. They are undoubtedly directing innovation in the built environment as entrepreneurs and investors alike look to this industry leader for guidance.

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Operating on every continent, Bouygues Construction is responsible for large-scale projects in building, civil works, and energy.  Their latest acquisition of Equans (75,000 employees) help create its new sustainability-focused Energy & Services arm which is expected to generate $17+ billion in annual sales. Each of Bouygues' business segments operates individualized venture investment funds focusing on early-stage innovations raising Seed or Series A funding.

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) is a global leader in the commercial real estate sector  generating nearly $20B in annual revenue. JLL Spark (founded in 2017), JLL’s strategic venture arm, is dedicated to transforming the real estate industry through technology-based innovation. Led by experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with successful track records building and investing in tech companies, JLL Spark’s strategic PropTech investments offer JLL the ability to provide innovative products to real estate owners and operators, while providing this end-of-the-building value chain segment.