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Govan Entrepreneurship Award Recipient 2016

The Govan Entrepreneurship Award is awarded to an MSRED student whose thesis exemplifies a unique, entrepreneurial idea that embodies the entrepreneurial success and legacy of MIT CRE Alumni.

This award has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of MSRED alumnus Craig Govan ’94. Mr. Govan currently serves as the Managing Director of Special Projects at Taurus Investments in Orlando, Florida.

When choosing a recipient, creativity, originality, analysis, execution, presentation, and potential of the topic to be applied within the industry are considered.

The 2016 Govan Entrepreneurship Award recipient is Avi Spielman, for his thesis “Blockchain: Digitally Rebuilding the Real Estate Industry.” His topic acknowledges the tremendous potential applications for blockchain technology within the real estate industry. As an innovative and distributed ledger database system, Avi explored one specific aspect of real estate transactions – recording property titles – by comparing the benefits and limitations of a blockchain with those of current record keeping systems.

Avi Govan Award

Avi Spielman receiving Govan Entrepreneurship Award, presented by CRE Lecturer John Kennedy

Avi is an entrepreneur with a background in community-building and development. He owns and operates real estate and property management businesses in Nashville. He also advises three start-ups: Incrowd Capital (an angel network), Offsite (a leadership retreat), and Project Beacon (a private membership club).

Prior to branching out on his own, he worked with his partners at Summit as Director of Growth Initiatives and Co-Director of Development for Summit Powder Mountain.

Avi received his BA in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and young son.

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