Pirate Summit 2015

Europe's craziest startup conference

Meet founders, VCs and business angels at Odonien, a scrapyard in Cologne which, together with our selected participants and speakers, creates the very special atmosphere the Pirate Summit is known for. We aim at 700 passengers on our boat, all one by one to be chosen by our crew, to create an exciting, inspiring and motivating atmosphere!

Don't miss the boat. Grab this opportunity to meet founders, founders and more founders. Share a bottle of rum with some of our speakers. And snatch those doubloons you are looking for from investors. We hope to see you on board!

Better networking, more fire, more ARRR!

Now in its fifth year, the Pirate Summit is Europe’s biggest invitation-only gathering of early-stage startups and investors. The Pirate Summit represents true grassroots entrepreneurship: authentic, crazy & real. 

Our mission is to celebrate entrepreneurship. And that we do. You get to meet experienced as well as upcoming founders, high-profile investors and entrepreneurial rockstars. It’s all about top-class networking and having fun while listening to inspiring talks & panels.

80+ selected startups will "walk the plank"

So far we have organized more than 50 Pirates On Shore events in 30+ countries in 2015 alone. We have been to cities such as Teheran, Beirut, Minsk, Tirana, Moscow and Cluj to find the most promising startups from Europe and the Middle East. And they are all coming to the Pirate Summit 2015 to pitch their idea.

Apply to pitch

**APPLICATION PHASE IS OVER** You can apply until July 20th to get one of 10 wildcards to walk the plank this year. 

Excerpt of attendees

Abdelhameed Sharara Founder at RiseUp Summit
Alexander Guy Global Marketing Manager at StartupBootcamp
Andreas Thümmler Managing Director at ACXIT Capital Partners
Arek Wylegalski VC at Index Ventures
Aurore Belfrage COO at Your Middle East
Chiara Sommer Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds
Christian Blume CEO & Founder at cleverbridge
Christian Häfner CMO & Co-Founder at FastBill
Christian Georg Strobl Co-Founder at Hackevents
Christopher Ney Member of DROEGE VENTURES
Cosmin Ochisor Investor at hub:raum Krakow
Cristina Riesen General Manager at evernote
Dany El Eid Co-Founder & CEO at Pixelbug
Dmitry Galperin VC at Runa Capital
Dmitry Golubnichy Chief Happiness Officer at 100happydays Foundation
Dominic Joseph CEO and Co-Founder at Captify
Eamonn Carey Entrepreneur in Residence at TechStars
Ehssan Dariani Entrepreneur. Artist. Activist.
Ekaterina Gianelli Director at Inventure
Eleftheria Karioti Founder at IndieComms
Elena Fironova Investment Manager at HubertBurdaMedia
Fabian Dudek CEO & Founder at nestpick
Fabian Thylmann Founder at Manwin & SN Invests
Felix Huber Head of DACH and Nordics at Stripe
Finn Plotz CEO & Founder at Vion
Florian Steger Senior Investment Manager at hub:raum
Frank Thelen Founder & CEO at e42
Franziska Schaefermeyer VC at Tengelmann Ventures
Fred Destin Partner at Accel Partners
Garan Goodman Managing Director at Wayra DACH
Garry Krugljakow Co-Founder at Cookies
Gil Dibner Business Angel at Angel Investor
Hanna Aase Founder at Wonderloop
Henning Lange Co-Founder at Giant Swarm
Ismat Tuffaha Co-Founder at BOLD Gadgets
Jan Sessenhausen VC at Tengelmann Ventures
Jihad Kawas Founder and CEO at Saily
John Henderson VC at WhiteStar
Jonathan Becker Principal at e.ventures
Kathleen Fritzsche Co-Founder & Marketing at Accelerate Stuttgart
Lama Mansour Co-Founder at BOLD Gadgets
Luka Sucic Investor at hub:raum Krakow
Maciek Laskus CEO & Founder at Startup Safary
Magnus Gaarder Investment Manager at Nauta Capital
Mai Medhat CEO & Co-Founder at Eventtus
Marc Lamik Head of Tech Expansion at Zalando
Marcin Szelag Partner at Innovation Nest
Marina Vukovic Investment Manager at CommerzVentures
Mate Rimac CEO & CTO at Rimac Automobili
Mathias Ockenfels VC at Point Nine Capital
Michael Hoffmann Head of Visa Europe Collab Berlin
Neil Murray Journalist at tech.eu & thenordicweb.com
Nicola Anderson VP Marketing at GoCardless
Nicolas Gabrysch Partner at Osborne Clarke
Nikolas Samios COO at German Startups Group
Oliver Thylmann Co-Founder at Giant Swarm
Dr. Oliver Vins Head of product development at vaamo
Panos Meyer Senior Account Executive at Twitter
Patrick Llewellyn CEO at 99Designs
Pawel Chudzinski Co-Founder at Point Nine Capital
Dr. Philipp Hartmann VP Product at SavingGlobal
Philipp Moehring Head of Europe at Angel.co
Ralph Riecke Senior Investment Manager at hub:raum
Rob Moffat Partner at Balderton Capital
Salim Virani Partner at Source Institute
Samer Karam MD & Angel at Startup Megaphone
Sean Percival Partner at 500 Startups
Simon Schaefer CEO & Founder at Factory
Stephan Wirries VC at Ventech
Sitar Teli Managing Partner at Connect Ventures
Stephane Gantchev Partner at LAUNCHub
Stina Liland Nysæther Program Director Nordics at 500 Startups
Talia Wolf Founder & CEO at Conversioner
Tamara Zakharia Founder at SETT
Thomas Bachem Founder & Board Member at Bundesverband Deutsche Startups
Till Faida Co-Founder & CEO at Eyeo
Ton van ’t Noordende Venture Partner at Keadyn Investment
Verena Hubertz Co-Founder & Managing Director at Kitchen Stories
Vesa Perälä Entrepreneur & Investor
Vidar Andersen Founding Principal at +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES
Videesha Kunkulagunta VC at Redstone


Dates & Times
Official start: Wednesday, 2nd of September 2015 at 9:00h
Official end: Thursday, 3rd of September 2015 at 18:00h

There will be a get together for participants that arrive early and those that stay longer.

Contents & Sessions

This year we'll change our formats a bit. There will be less keynotes and less panels. There will be more focus on intense hands-on breakout sessions with experienced session leaders. Furthermore, on the first day there will be mentor sessions, the Walk the Plank semi-finals and the Burning Man ceremony. 

Mentor day is an exclusive opportunity for selected VCs and startups to interact with and learn from each other. For the Walk the Plank pitch competition the hottest 80+ startups from around Europe will present their idea.

The second day of Pirate Summit 2015 will focus on high quality networking, top notch talks and sessions and the Walk the Plank finals.

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Pirate Summit Ticket

Tickets incl. catering during the event.
All prices without VAT and ticketing-fee.
Tickets incl. catering during the event.
All prices without VAT and ticketing-fee.
Important note
Make sure that you choose the right category (check the info sign next to each category). We do check every participant and reserve the right to change the category or revoke your ticket.

Exhibit your startup

You can exhibit your startup too. The exhibition booth will have a standing table, wifi and a power chord. You can bring a roll-up if you like.

The price is 400 EUR 550 EUR (valid until Sept 1). First come, first serve.
We have a few limited booths for accelerators/investors and corporates as well. 

If you are interested please send a mail to till [at] piratesummit [dot] com.

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Welcome to Odonien, the wicked and legendary republic of pirates, dinosaurs and other creatures that you couldn`t even imagine. We will invite you to this place, which is at the same time in the middle of Cologne and in the middle of nowhere.

Hornstraße 85
50823 Cologne

Via train from Cologne Central Station
  1. Take the Tram S6 or S11 until Cologne-Nippes Station
  2. From Cologne-Nippes station turn right into Liebigstraße for 50 meters.
  3. Turn left into Laemmerstraße until you get to the crossroads.
  4. Turn left into Hornstraße for 200 meters until you get to Odonien on the right side of the street, it's after the brothels.

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