DALLAS (August 18, 2021) – The National Association of Realtors® has announced Feather as the winner of the third annual Pitch Battle competition at this year's Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
Feather is a next-generation furniture and home accessories rental service that enables people to find elegant furniture quickly, with no upfront costs or the involvement of traditional retailers.
Second Century Ventures, NAR's strategic investment arm, hosted the pitch battle at the two-day event, attended by twelve finalists from the US and UK, each focused on developing innovative tools for the commercial and residential real estate marketplaces.
"This year's iOi Summit delivered on a promise to highlight breakthrough products and ideas," said Bob Goldberg, CEO of NAR. "Feather is a worthy winner whose furniture rental service is indeed impressive and will undoubtedly add to both the residential and commercial sectors and support Realtors® and their customers in the years to come by making the home staging process more efficient."
Feather was able to outperform the finalists' competition by arguing in her pitch that her product would help homes by offering a sustainable furniture and home décor rental service model that allows clients to change their style, budget, or theirs Changing furnishing needs in an affordable way. Jay Reno presented for Feather both to a live audience of over 400 conference attendees and to a live stream audience of thousands. He found that Feather's unique solution allows Realtors® and their clients not only to stage and sell faster, but also to live and enjoy their homes while reducing waste.
As the winner of the Pitch Battle 2021, Feather has secured a stand at the Realtors® Conference & Expo 2021 in November. The company will receive $ 15,000, receive the official Pitch Battle trophy later today, and have an exclusive opportunity to consult with the Second Century Ventures executive team, a sought-after candidate for any startup team. Feather can also be seen in REALTOR® magazine and in RISMedia.
The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association and represents more than 1.4 million members who work in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industry.
About Second Century Ventures
Second Century Ventures is the most active global real estate technology fund, backed by the National Association of REALTORS®, which leverages the association's more than 1.4 million members and an unparalleled network of executives in the real estate and related industries. SCV helps scale its portfolio companies in the world's largest industries including real estate, financial services, banking, household services and insurance. SCV operates the award-winning global REACH scale-up program.
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