BerkleeICE Events

At Berklee, every career is a start-up. And every start-up needs inspiration. BerkleeICE presents a number of events and lecture series throughout the year that feature innovative leaders and thinkers from the worlds of business, creativity, and technology. All events are open to the entire Berklee community and to students of all universities unless otherwise specified. Learn, interact, and be inspired. 

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Past Events

Bertis Downs

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Bertis Downs

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

BerkleeICE hosts Bertis Downs, famed manager to R.E.M. throughout the band’s storied 30-year career, a distinguished lawyer, and pioneering educator.

Admission: Free

Social Entreprise Conference 2015

Sunday / February 15, 2015 / 11:30 a.m.

Harvard Business School

BerkleeICE's Panos Panay moderates a panel on leadership, art, and social change at this year's Social Enterprise Conference. 

Admission: SOLD OUT

Ruth Blatt

CANCELED: Ruth Blatt: What Rockers Can Teach Startups

Wednesday / January 28, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.

Steve Heck Room

CANCELED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.
BerkleeICE presents Ruth Blatt, a Forbes contributor, discussing what rockers can teach startups. 

Admission: Free

IE and BerkleeICE Presentations at WeWork

Friday / December 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.

WeWork Fort Point

Student teams from IE University in Madrid, Spain, and BerkleeICE present their final pitches to a panel of judges at WeWork.

Admission: free

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Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Rich Goodstone

Thursday / December 11, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

Rich Goodstone, a key figure behind the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and cofounder of experience architects Superfly, is this month's guest for the BerkleeICE Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series.

Admission: Free

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Berklee Startups Present at MIT Enterprise Forum

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 5:30 p.m.

District Hall

Berklee students join peers from Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and more to deliver brief business pitches in the hope of winning prizes aimed at developing startup businesses. 


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BerkleeICE at Harvard xDesign

Saturday / November 8, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Harvard Business School

Panos Panay, managing director of BerkleeICE leads two panels—featuring students and entrepreneurs—at Harvard's annual xDesign conference.


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Diane Hessan

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Diane Hessan

Thursday / November 6, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

Diane Hessan, founder of Communispace, continues BerkleeICE’s Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series by discussing her path to becoming one of the leading women in American business and how her most recent venture, The Startup Institute, can accelerate your career. A must-attend.

Admission: Free

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BerkleeICE at The Library of Congress

Wednesday / November 5, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.

The Library of Congress Montpelier Room, Madison Building

BerkleeICE’s Panos Panay gives a keynote address and moderates a panel at the Library of Congress on the changing climate of the music industry and how the entrepreneur fits into this evolving story.


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Innovators DNA 2-Day Workshop

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 9:00 a.m.

BerkleeICE presents a 2-day workshop for faculty and staff held by Innovator’s DNA. 

Admission: Invite only

Evening With Entrepreneurs

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Berklee's Music Business/Management Department and BerkleeICE present the annual Evening with Entrepreneurs panel, this year featuring Philip Cohen (AudioCommon, Beehive Corporation); Paul Henry Smith (Sonation, Smith Renaud): Parviz Parvizi (Clammr); and Kathleen Stetson (Trill).

Admission: Free

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Rethink Music Think Tank: New York City

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 9:30 a.m.

The Rethink Music think tank holds a retreat on the future of music copyright, co-organized by BerkleeICE and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Admission: Invite Only

Stephen Canfield

Red Bull + Music

Wednesday / October 15, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

A conversation with Berklee alumnus Stephen Canfield, discussing Red Bull's approach to music and a career that's led him from music tech startups to a major brand that supports hundreds of artists.

Admission: Free

Linda Mason

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Roger H. Brown and Linda A. Mason

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) is proud to present Berklee president Roger H. Brown and his wife, Linda A. Mason, as keynote speakers for this installment of the Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series.

Admission: Free and open to public

SXSW V2V: What Rockers Can Teach Startups

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 1:45 p.m.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

What does it take to launch a great startup? The common answers tend to be a great business plan, a cool idea, flawless execution by the founders, and access to vast amounts of capital. But is that really the case? This panel, presented by the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), challenges these assumptions.

Admission: Select Berklee students and alumni can apply for a free pass to SXSW V2V, courtesy of SXSW.

BerkleeICE/IE/Brown Venture Day

Monday / May 5, 2014 / 10:00 a.m.

Holland and Knight LLP

Learn and network with top minds from the IE Business School, MIT, Brown, BU, Tufts, and Berklee.

Admission: Register (free for Berklee students) at

Paul English

Wednesday / April 2, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

The Loft

KAYAK cofounder Paul English will speak about the role creativity has played in his successful career as an entrepreneur. 

Admission: Free with Berklee ID

Kevin Augunas

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.

The Loft

Producer Kevin Augunas presents a talk for the Berklee community.

Admission: Free with Berklee ID

Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Saturday / March 8, 2014 / 2:30 p.m.

Music industry greats Gloria and Emilio Estefan will tell their story and draw links between musicianship and successful careers as entrepreneurs during an on-stage interview with Berklee ICE founding managing director Panos Panay.

Admission: Ticketed, with entry by application only.

Willard Ahdritz

Thursday / March 6, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.

Cafe 939

Willard Ahdritz, founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group Ltd., gives a talk for the Berklee community.

Admission: Free with Berklee ID