Earlier this month, BuiltWorlds hosted the 2023 Venture East Conference in sunny Miami beach where the first annual Top Investors Awards Ceremony took place. BuiltWorlds develops three tops lists towards the close of the year focused on investments in the space - the Top Investors 50, The Global Innovators, and the Top Deals 50 (coming in January 2024 - investors submit your deals here). These lists are based off transaction volume or monetary value of individual investments across the space.
While numbers are typically king in the venture space, there are other factors that can make a substantial impact across the ecosystem. From creating accelerator programs lifting startups, to launching new funds, investment groups across the globe are creating value in the industry outside of just dollars invested into startups.
We developed 6 categories around this thought and decided to showcase these companies creating an impact at our most recent conference and listed below are bother the winners as well as the honorable mentions in each.
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1) Most Active Investor:
This category is the culmination of our efforts to track deal counts across the built ecosystem throughout the year. We have a separate Top 50 Deals List for 2023 that will come out in January. This category was based solely on number of deals not amount of money invested.
Founded in 2016, Fifth Wall, a Certified B Corporation, is the largest venture capital firm focused on technology-driven innovation for the global real estate industry. With approximately $3.0 billion in commitments and capital under management, Fifth Wall connects many of the world’s largest owners and operators of real estate with the entrepreneurs who are redefining the future of the Built World. Fifth Wall is backed by a global mix of more than 90+ strategic investors from more than 15 countries.
2) Largest VC Fund Launch
This award category was awarded to the traditional venture fund that closted the largest fund round in the past twelve months (defined as a multiple LP Fund)
3) Most Influential Strategic Fund
This award was defined as the Strategic Investor that has done the most to support the ecosystem over the past month through number of deals done, size of deals done, and other special initiaves undertaken.
4) Top Strategic Fund Launch
This award was defined as the Strategic venture fund that closted the largest fund round in the past twelve months (defined as a single LP Fund.)
5) Accelerator of the Year
This awards was defined as the Accelerator Program that has had the most impact on the ecosystem in the past twelve months.
Leonard is the name of the VINCI Group’s foresight platform and fast track for innovative projects, launched in July 2017. Why Leonard? To respond to some of the biggest challenges facing VINCI’s businesses: digital revolution, faster innovation cycles and environmental transition. Within a transforming world, Leonard detects new trends, supports innovation and brings together all the players involved in shaping the future of cities and regions.
CRH Ventures Water Accelerator
6) Most Active Corporate Acquirer
This award was defined as the company that has made a combination of the most and the biggest deals in the sector in the prior 24 months and has also created the most value from those deals.