Manchester start-up Node has joined the Concrete VC London proptech residency.

Node, set up by serial entrepreneurs Doug Ward, Shaun Gibson, Paul Crookes and Dave Walker in 2017, provides connectivity solutions and data security platforms for real estate.

Having delivered proof of concept on a number of flagship buildings in the UK and secured business with Allied London, All+, Aviva and Fore Partnership, it has ambitious plans to scale.

After joining the residency based at Fora, which is backed by Silicon Valley-based JLL Spark, Node will look to do that by working alongside Nuveen, Starwood Capital Group, Hammerson and U+I.

“Node’s ambition is to be the default technology solution for developers, delivering hassle-free and secure connectivity,” said Ward.

“With 35 million commercial buildings globally the opportunity to take and own the space in this market is huge.

“Our focus during this residency will be on business development, further evolution of Node Secure and preparation for international expansion.

“Shaun, Dave, Paul and I are excited to introduce Node to more of the biggest landowners in the UK and work with Concrete to execute our international expansion plans.

“Having an existing ecosystem of experts, who can assist us in accelerating our growth and realise our vision is a really exciting prospect.

“Our primary goal over the next six months is to secure a significant funding deal with a large asset manager and roll Node out across their property portfolio.”

Concrete VC stated: “We are very excited to have launched the Concrete Proptech Residency @Fora with JLL Spark.

“We have chosen a group of game-changing start-ups that are tackling key problems within the commercial real estate sphere and have demonstrated strong commercial traction.

“Our philosophy is that collaboration can produce exponentially greater results than working in silo.

“For this reason, the residency members will work together in a dedicated area of Fora, a beautifully designed workspace, in their Central St, Clerkenwell location.”