Panos Panay

Founding Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE)

Panos is the Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. He led the company from its inception through its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC, in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.

Panos speaks regularly about entrepreneurship at universities including MIT, Boston University, Northeastern University and Bentley College, as well as at industry events like SXSW, MIDEM and CMJ. He serves on a number of boards, including being the Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Presidential Advisory Council, and he actively mentors young entrepreneurs around the world.

Awards include: Fast Company’s “Fast 50″ honor; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Mass Hi-Tech All Stars; Berklee College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”

Panos is a native of Cyprus, holds a Music Business & Management degree from Berklee College of Music, and lives with his wife Kimberly and twin daughters in Watertown, MA.