Rescued Ideas wins Berlin Venture Day

Rescued Ideas, a Berlin-based company with their product the Basslet, which lets users “feel” the beat of the music, was the winning startup concept at the annual Rethink Music Venture Day Berlin on October 24. The event, hosted at Factory Berlin, drew more than 400 startups, investors, artists, entrepreneurs, and executives in this second edition, making it the largest event focused solely on music entrepreneurship in Europe.

Second place went to French music game company Meludia, and third place went to Valencia, Spain-based Play It Forward, a non-profit focused on providing access to music education. Read the full press release here.

We’ll be back next year Berlin!


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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, President, International, of Kobalt Label Services 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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