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Venture Day, Berlin 2014

  • Factory Berlin 76 Rheinsberger Straße Berlin, Berlin, 10115 Germany (map)

Rethink Music will host our second annual Berlin Venture Day, at Factory Berlin in Mitte, Berlin, on Friday, October 24th, 2014. The day will include networking sessions, discussions about entrepreneurship and the future of music, and startup pitch sessions.

Twelve startups have now been selected, and you can see more about them here.

The event is free to attend with advance registration (snacks and lunch will be provided).

And stay around for the weekend for Music Tech Fest Berlin, which will exhibit new technologies for creating music, just after our event, also at Factory Berlin, on October 25 and 26!


10:00 – 10:10am Welcome

  • Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director, Rethink Music, Berklee College of Music (USA)
  • Paris de L’etraz, Director, Venture Lab, IE Business School

10:10 – 10:45am Keynote

Interview by Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director, Rethink Music, Berklee College of Music (USA) — Speaker: Paul Hitchman, President, International, Kobalt Label Services (UK)

10:45 – 11:30am Discussion: Building Your Startup

  • Matthias Strobel, CMO, Nagual Sounds (Germany)
  • Tom Raffe, Director, Screenburn (UK)
  • Henrik Lenberg, CEO, Auxy (Sweden)
  • Roland Grenke, MD, Starlize (Ge rmany)

Moderated by Emilien Moyon, Director of the Global Entertainment and Music Business Program, Berklee in Valencia (Spain)

11:30 – 11:50pm Networking Break

11:50 – 12:30pm Discussion: Investing in Music

  • Cris Ludwig, Startnext (Germany)
  • Alexander Kölpin, COO and Partner, West Tech Ventures (Germany)
  • Jonas Weber, Head of Streaming and Special Projects, Universal Music (Germany)
  • Maximilian Dressendörfer, CFO, BMG Rights (Germany)
  • Karsten Wenzlaff, Founder and CEO, Ikosom (Germany)

Moderated by Paris de L’etraz, Director, Venture Lab, IE Business School (Spain)

12:30 – 1:45pm Networking Lunch (sponsored by Tunecore)

1:45 – 2:00pm Future of Music film debut

2:00 – 2:30pm Discussion: The Artist As An Entrepreneur

  • Scott Ackerman, CEO, Tunecore (USA)
  • Mark Fischer, Partner, Duane Morris (USA) (SKYPE)
  • Virginie Berger, Founder, DBTH (France)
  • Sam King, Musician (Germany)

Moderated by Tommy Darker, Music Entrepreneur (UK)

2:30 – 3:00pm Discussion: Technology, Meet Creation

  • Bill Hochberg, Attorney (USA)
  • Stephen Webber, Director, MTI, Berklee Valencia (Spain)
  • Lorena Blattner, Head of Label Relations, Rdio (UK)

Moderated by Andrew Dubber, Director, Music Tech Fest (Sweden)

3:00 – 4:00pm Venture Pitches

4:00 – 4:30pm Break

4:30 – 5:30pm Venture Pitches

5:30 – 6:00pm Final Awards (Allen Bargfrede, Paris de l’Etraz, Virginie Sautter)

Evening networking and after-party by Music Tech Fest at Factory Berlin.

Thank you to Factory Berlin for hosting us, and to our Venture Day sponsors:

Photo: Werner Huthmacher