Industry Chair, Real Estate Transformation Lab | MIT Center for Real Estate
Managing Partner, MET Fund II
Steve Weikal is a lecturer, researcher, and thought leader focused on innovative new technologies and business models that are reinventing traditional ways of developing, transacting and managing real estate. He is the Industry Chair of the Real Estate Transformation Lab at the MIT Center for Real Estate and is also the Managing Partner of MET Fund II, which invests in early-stage, MIT-connected start-ups focused on solutions for the Built Environment Transition™ (BET). Previously, Steve was the Head of Industry Relations at the MIT Center for Real Estate, responsible for managing the Center’s relationships with its global network of corporate partners and more than 1,300 alumni from 48 countries. He was also executive producer of the Center’s signature event, the MIT World Real Estate Forum.
Steve is a member of the Global Insights Panel for MIT Technology Review, the CREtech Climate Leadership Board, and the review committee for the CoreNet Global Innovator Awards. He serves on the boards of eight real estate technology companies, and was the Founder of MIT Real Disruption, a successful series of conferences discussing the impact of emerging technology on the real estate industry that is now part of the global CREtech media platform. An enthusiastic industry advocate, Steve speaks extensively about real estate technology for corporate clients around the world and has presented at conferences for AFIRE, AsRES, BOMA, CCIM, CoreNet, CREtech, CREW, ICSC, IREM, NAIOP, PERE, SIOR, and ULI. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including BuzzFeed, TechInsider, Medium, USA Today, CP Executive, Harvard Real Estate Review, the Boston Globe, GlobeSt., Travel Weekly, IPE Real Assets Europe and Anuario Inmobiliario LatinoAmerica.
Steve holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) and Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree (JD) from Suffolk University Law School.