Bellier’s U.S. Senior Advisor Monica O’Neill Joins MetaProp as Partner
May 25, 2021
Former AEW and Tristan Executive to Launch Institutional Program for PropTech VC Investment Firm
New York, (May 18, 2021) – MetaProp, the largest venture capital investor in early stage PropTech globally, has appointed real estate private equity executive Monica O’Neill as a Partner to drive the expansion of the firm’s institutional client base. The targeted growth across international markets will be aligned with MetaProp’s successful PropTech accelerator program, in collaboration with Columbia University in the U.S., which aims to boost the next generation of innovative scale-up companies that will lead the digital transformation of the real estate industry worldwide.
Over the past 30 years, Monica O’Neill has helped build high profile emerging and mid-sized investment management firms in the U.S. and Europe, including raising more than $10 billion as a Partner and Head of Investor Relations for real estate private equity companies AEW and Tristan Capital Partners. At MetaProp, she will oversee investor relations for endowments, foundations, pension funds, insurance companies, and sovereign wealth funds and be based in Washington DC.
Aaron Block, MetaProp Co-Founder and Managing Partner, said: “Monica has deep real estate and asset management relationships around the world and is a proven leader in fundraising, client relations, and global marketing. We’ve known her for a number of years and are confident that Monica’s long experience will be invaluable for MetaProp in accelerating the further globalization of the firm’s business and introducing institutional investors to our portfolio companies that will represent the future champions of the PropTech industry.”
Monica O’Neill, Partner at MetaProp, said: “The potential for PropTech to transform real estate investment processes and productivity, as well as ESG technologies, in the fight against Global Climate Change, are truly enormous. Real estate’s pivotal role in economies and yet its dependence on traditional business models means the industry is the next great prize in tech investing. Institutional investors and private wealth managers are increasingly recognizing the opportunity and do not want to miss the train. MetaProp co-founders Zach Aarons and Aaron Block literally wrote the book on PropTech and I can’t think of a better global VC firm in the sector to be joining.”
MetaProp is a New York-based venture capital firm focused on the real estate technology (“PropTech”) industry. Founded in 2015, MetaProp’s investment team has invested in 130+ technology companies across the real estate value chain. The firm manages multiple funds for both financial and strategic real estate investors that represent a pilot- and test-ready sandbox of 15+ billion square feet across every real estate asset type and global market. The firm’s investment activities are complemented by pioneering community leadership including the PropTech Place innovation hub, MetaProp Accelerator at Columbia University programs, global events NYC Real Estate Tech Week and MIPIM PropTech NYC, and publications Global PropTech Confidence Index and PropTech 101.
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