Develop a startup mindset on two college campuses.
This two-week summer program integrates Brown University Pre-College Programs' long tradition in developing critical thinking based in history, theory, and practice with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship's philosophy that the creative process and the entrepreneurial journey share the same DNA.
Through lectures and workshops with creative entrepreneurs, students learn how to take an idea from prototype to presentation. Students will design a hands-on project and develop the startup mindset needed to be dynamic thinkers and makers. Over the course of the two weeks, students live on both the Brown campus in Providence, Rhode Island and the Berklee campus in Boston, Massachusetts, experiencing two college environments and the exciting artistic worlds each inhabit and help foster. Read a Q & A with co-program director Panos Panay and press coverage of the program.
Explore the summer program and hear first-hand from past students in this video:
This program is a unique partnership between a college of contemporary music and performing arts and an Ivy League University. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a joint certificate from BerkleeICE and the Brown University Pre-College Programs. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to permanently shift how you see yourself, to learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur, and to carry with you a lifelong ability to solve problems, analyze issues, and collaborate with others using your inherent creativity. See examples of final presentations here.
Core principles of this program include the following:
The program will include a week with the Summer@Brown Pre-College Program on the Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island, and a week with BerkleeICE on Berklee's Boston, Massachusetts, campus. The program will culminate on the Berklee campus, with student teams pitching their final projects to a panel of top musicians, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
Throughout the 13 days, you and your student team will work together to design a hands-on project, using entrepreneurial strategies to devise creative solutions to community and social issues.
The Creative Entrepreneurship Summer Program instructors include:
Instructors are subject to change.
Note: Though not required, you are permitted to bring laptops, computers, tablets, etc. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your items safe. Berklee College of Music and Brown University are not responsible for the loss of these items.
Ambitious young innovators and entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe who are ready to be pioneers, leaders, and change-makers. If you love making art or being creative, are naturally curious and a great listener, like to question the status quo, work well with diverse groups of people (or want to learn how to do that), and enjoy combining disciplines in new ways, then this is the program for you. You must be fluent in English. You don’t have to be a performer or an artist, but you'll work closely with creators as well as entrepreneurs, faculty at both schools, and other leading experts and educators in the fields of design and creativity.
Please note: In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, teacher recommendations or an English Language assessment.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the review committee.
Associate Director of Pre-College Programs & Diversity Initiatives
Joi is the Brown-based Co-Director of the Berklee-Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Program and also leads the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across Brown Pre-College. Her professional background includes college access and persistence work, diversity and inclusion, teaching, and program administration. Joi received her Master’s in Urban Education from Mercy College and her Bachelor’s in History from Tufts University.
Director of Operations and Programming at Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship
Manager of Operations for the Open Music Initiative
Nicole’s work has straddled the intersection of technology, creativity, community organizing, and youth development, previously working with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network at the Museum of Science, and in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood, supporting a generation of youth from middle school through college.