Program and selected startups announced for Rethink Music Venture Day Berlin

Berklee College of Music, Midem, and IE Business School have now announced the full day program for Rethink Music Venture Day 2014 in Berlin, taking place on October 24. It is available here.

The day of global networking with other international music business start-ups, entrepreneurs, brands and investors – as well as the chance to meet guests and speakers from leading international companies and organizations – will run from 10am-6pm at Factory Berlin, the new technology startup campus in Mitte, Berlin, followed by an after party and networking event presented by Music Tech Fest. The event is free to attend with advance registration at

Finalists for the Rethink Music Berlin Venture Day 2014 start-up competition have now also been announced. 12 start-up projects from countries including France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the US, have been selected and will pitch their ventures to our panel of judges made up of experienced music executives and investors, at the event at the Factory in Berlin on October 24. The winner will be awarded a business start-up package worth $10,000.

Offering an extensive variety of original products and services – and seeking an average investment of 800,000 Euros – the start-up ventures will be pitching a range of new ideas, from a wrist band to enhance the musical experience through physical sensation; mobile and web-based applications for building and entertaining fan bases; marketplaces for artist bookings; gaming to discover new music; to educational applications to learn music; training your ear to understand music; and a platform to provide free interactive music education to children across the globe.

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Deadline extended for startup submissions!

Submissions for startup pitches at Rethink Music Venture Day Berlin are now due by Thursday, October 2nd via our Gust site! The day’s full programme will be available in early October, and attendance is FREE with registration via our Eventbrite page.

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Nagual Sounds and their experience as 2013 winner of Rethink Music Venture Day

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Paul Hitchman of Kobalt Label Services to keynote Rethink Music Berlin

We are pleased to announce an integral part of the programme for Rethink Music Venture Day in Berlin on October 24th. Paul Hitchman, Managing Director of Kobalt Label Services in the UK, will be our keynote interview to open the day, followed by a number of other discussions about entrepreneurship and music. We’ll then have pitches from 12 startups; one of whom will be named Rethink Music Venture Day 2014 winner!

Remember, submissions for startup pitches are due by Monday, September 29th via our Gust site! The day’s full programme will be available in early October, and attendance is FREE with registration via our Eventbrite page.

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Rethink Music Berlin, October 24th

All artists are entrepreneurs. All entrepreneurs are artists. At Berklee, we believe the two are synonymous, and as a result we recently launched our Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (ICE), which provides resources to help musicians and others in the music industry succeed as entrepreneurs.

In an effort to help ICE externally foster such entrepreneurship, Rethink Music will host our second annual Berlin Venture Day, at Factory in Mitte, Berlin on Friday, October 24th, 2014. The day will feature talks from leading entrepreneurs, investors, artists, and executives, and will offer up to 12 startups the opportunity to showcase their companies.

We’re also partnering with our friends over at Music Tech Fest on several upcoming events. They will host Music Tech Fest Berlin, which will exhibit new technologies for creating music, just after our event, also at Factory, on October 25 and 26.

Companies may submit their proposals for Rethink Music Venture Day via our Gust site (here) until September 29, 2014. Winners will receive space in Berklee’s music incubator in Boston, a free online course through Berklee Online, a free registration for Midem 2015, and $10,000 in in-kind legal services from Duane Morris LLP, as well as access to investors.

Registration to attend is free, includes a sponsored lunch, and you may sign up HERE.

We look forward to spending the day with you in Berlin!

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