10 Years of ARRR
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Our last PIRATE Summit was ARRRmazing!
On September 6th and 7th we had over 1,000 curated participants from 40+ countries to participate in PIRATE Summit. Over 100 speaker prepared session about our topic #RaiseYourself, we had two amazing pitch competitions, matchmaking sessions and an atmosphere that truly allows for real connections. But don’t believe us, see what our participants say.
Very refreshing and laid back event dedicated only for startups and VCs. We connected with a banking accelerator there! We would never expect that, taking into consideration that the whole concept of the show was super relaxed and the founders were pitching in shorts and t-shirts.
So PIRATE Summit absolutely rrrrocked – will be back next year to walk the plank!
Yesterday night someone asked me what PIRATE Summit is for me. It took me a moment to think but in the end it was pretty simple. It´s like home. Thank you to everyone for creating such a wonderful event once again.
PIRATE Summit is definitely the craziest and most ambitious event for startups in EU. If there’s one thing for you in EU, it’s this.
Looking forward to PIRATE Summit this year. It’s the best startup conference I’ve experienced.
ARRRsome conference! Loved every minute of PIRATE Summit. Brilliant content, great company and superb organization.
Super excited to be speaking live at Pirate Summit in September.
This is one of the best Startup conferences in Europe (and world). I’ve been a fan and attendee in past.
Hope to see you there.
This conference is ARRRmazing! Nothing to do with those 5000 people corporate conferences where you barely can meet the relevant people you want!
PIRATE Summit is epic proof that the startup world is changing.
We all know the copy + paste of suits and sponsored booths at your standard industry conference. In Cologne this week, I saw:
– Sessions on mental health, personal growth and nervous system regulation – hosted not only by coaches but by VCs
– Hugging between strangers for the first time in years (in a professional context, no less)
– First-name introductions beyond hierarchy or titles
– Panels, workshops and masterclasses to recognise purpose in business, including brilliant pitch winner We Do Solar
– A sponsored tarot reading table to help people feel seen (if this isn’t out of the box, I don’t know what is)
…all in a steampunk open air club environment, keeping people curious and down to earth.
In short: it was cool. I will be back.
This is the conference of the future.
I haven’t missed a single PIRATE Summit since the beginning. Should have really gotten that tattoo a couple of years ago. The spirit of the people at this ARRRsome event is what helped me stay my course as
a founder for the past 12 years.
My first time as a PIRATE, I did not really know what to expect, and I am shocked…. In the best possible way. It was a fun, social, extraordinary, beautiful experience. Great people, great content in the most relaxed atmosphere you can think of. I’m sure I will be back.
Loved PIRATE Summit! 1200 startups applied for the pitch competition. Stoked to be in the jury.
Pirate summit is this: overjump issues thanks to a tiny cable-network of innovators, leaving jurassic mindset behind you while flying to the future
Once you have been in a summit, you think the second time will not surprise you again.
But the Pirate Summit is always unforgettable
Packed with digital nomads, startups and investors PIRATE Summit is buzzing with creative minds.
Officially the coolest B2B event I’ve ever attended.
I had heard a lot of positive things about this event, but nothing could have prepared me for how awesome it really was, and how awesome all the people were!
Just got off the stage at PIRATESummit. Great event!
PIRATE Summit once again blew me away! It is one of the only conferences where true meaningful connections are made!
Winning the pitch competition at PIRATE Summit helped us to close our Series A and opened up many new opportunities for us!
One of my favourite events!
Best venue, excellent catering, impeccable time keeping. Thank you PIRATE Summit!
PIRATE Summit disrupts the (hierarchy) distance between startups and investors and brings them on eye level. Being a PIRATE mainly means to realize everyone is a captain of creation and open to invest his or her treasure – if it is money, expertise, personality, ideas or passion! The team of the summit manages a super smooth sail through the sometimes stormy investment sea – with assuring an exquisite quality of the participating pirates on both sides.
Flying back after PIRATE Summit. Thanks to all – the kind and helpful staff, the organizers, all the attendees I’ve met. One of the best events I have ever attended.
Love that at PIRATE Summit everyone is a VIP.
Winning the pitching competition at PIRATE Summit accelerated our growth exponentially! The focus of the event on building meaningful connections and the size of it put us on the map of all the investors, corporates and other partners who were there and helped us leave Cologne with a stronger support system and a lot of opportunities! We are honored and grateful! ARRR!
PIRATE Summit is such an amazing event. The entrepreneurial dream lives here.
Easily the best conference for founders in Europe.
Thanks PIRATE Summit what an amazing event 👏 I can really recommend this event for startup founders, don’t miss it next year!
Thanks for another fantastic PIRATE Summit, a truly unique event.
Best conference I’ve been to in ages.
Thanks again PIRATE Summit for an incredible experience & ARRRmazing opportunity to discuss our ideas for helping EU UrbanTech start-ups grow. Made great new connections and learned A LOT. Def one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended + certainly the most fun!!!
My 7th PIRATE Summit — out of 7 since 2011! Awesome as always!
What a crazy event it was! Thanks PIRATE Summit for inviting me! Heading back to Paris now with many new ideas to work on.
Pirate Summit it’s the perfect balance of being useful, productive & fun. And great people!
PIRATE Summit is one of the finest tech events in Europe.
PIRATE Summit has been one of the most impactful events I’ve ever attended. Thanks to it, I have made lifelong friendships, as well as deep partnerships. I wholeheartedly recommend going!
Best. Startup. Summit. Ever. But the band f**kin nailed it!
One of the coolest events I’ve ever heard of.
Thank you for 7 years of PIRATE Summit, glad to have been at all of them.
So much love for this event. Stage fright or not, I learned a lot, met amazing people who’re all working hard to make their dream happen.
Thanks PIRATE Summit for a great event!
Give everything without expecting anything in return. That is what PIRATE Summit is about — an attitude, a set of values that makes the world a better place.
Just arrived at PIRATE Summit – definitely one of the top tech conferences in Europe.
The Walk the Plank pitch competition´s prize has been one of the most valuable we´ve got as a startup. The opportunity to meet top-tier VCs has been great and has helped us on our way to our series A.
Best conference ever! From the Plank to the burning Man … and every human connection in between (Karaoke and Party included!!), PIRATE Summit never disappoints and constantly brings the best people together. Can’t wait for the next one!
🇺🇦2 days at the 10th 🇩🇪 PIRATE Summit in Cologne, Germany, a conference specifically designed for entrepreneurs focusing on real-life experiences, authentic connections, and peer learning. The unique perspective of thinking out of the box, inspiration (even during wartime), and insights from global enablers.
Proud of our tech leaders who represented the country’s resilience and startup’s firmness for global audience (Alyona Mysko 🇺🇦) how tech helps in the battlefield (Olga Afanasyeva) spreading the word about the war and the ways to #StandWithUkraine and support Ukrainian tech (Lyubov Guk, Igor Ovcharenko).
At the walk-the-plank pitch competition 3 brave female founders from Ukraine took the stage, became the finalists and won – bravo, Karolina Attspodina 🇺🇦! They are unstoppable and as courageous as our defenders🇺🇦
▪️Karolina Attspodina from We Do Solar 🏆
▪️Julia Ovcharenko 🇺🇦 from Numo ADHD
▪️Alyona Mysko from Fuelfinance
…All of us do all we can during the hardest times of these months: fighting on all possible frontiers, supporting our army via donations, growing, developing, scaling, and enhancing our products and services.
The tech industry demonstrates remarkable fortitude, leadership and it’s all about people: Oleksandr Kosovan, MacPaw, Aleksandr Konotopskyi, Ajax Systems, Yaroslav Azhnyuk, Petcube, Stepan Veselovskyi, Lviv ІТ Cluster, Artem Borodatyuk, Netpeak Group, Oleg Gorokhovskyi, Monobank, Dima Shvets, Reface, Valery Krasovsky, Sigma Software Group, Yegor Aushev, Cyber Unit Technologies, and many others absolutely outstanding Ukrainian founders who keep working, driven by a passion for supporting the teams and country in the toughest times.
We haven’t another choice – just to double the efforts to protect our people, defend the values of democracy, save the country, defeat the enemy and gain victory to become a successful example of improvement and leading innovative nation worldwide.
We must overcome the russian devil and win! Staying strong and keeping on track!
PS. Was glad to see Andrii Degeler, Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️, Mike Butcher MBE (metaverse & business) and all great people who #StandWithUkraine
Bye bye PIRATE Summit Team – DocuSignDACH had an ARRRsome time. Thanks for being such a grrreat host. We felt trrruly welcome. Until next time. Arrr! 😎
This year’s edition of PIRATE Summit was a blast!
Thanks to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the whole team for bringing this unique and extraordinary event to my hometown 10 years ago.
I hope the show will go on for at least the next 10 years.
Also big props to Eko Fresh for his talk “A Rapper’s Delight – Rhymes in Entrepreneurship” and his very personal, emotional story.
Hopefully see you next year again!
unforgettably great atmosphere! 🏴☠️
”How are you, really?”, the pirate repeated.
Hold on, we’re invited to be vulnerable at a #tech #conference?!
But, how are you? Really? 1000 #startups and #entrepreneurs are listening, looking up to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ at the helm of a derelict ship. We’re in Cologne and this is the PIRATE Summit. They have four rules:
– Everyone is a VIP
– No BS
– Give Give Give Ask
Marvin Liao’s down-to-earth keynote, insightful workshops by Karím Mustaghni, Simonetta Batteiger, Jenny Landgren and Rachel Dowling. Discussions with Nikolai Petrov, Tassilo Ott, Bahman (Morteza) Etezadibehzadi, Engjell Rraklli, Niclas Maske Claudia Froehling. Nils Nettersheim‘s 8 second hugs, dancing with Adrijana Ivanovska and Gjergj Mero’s honesty.
But really – wow. Here I found a tribe of change-makers leading innovation from the heart – Stewart Rogers, Anna חנה V. – عليما Poberezhna🦁 🌍 🇺🇦🌹🦋🕊❤️🔥🚀 , Péter Kovács, Nick Stevens and Maryna Zaporozhets are just a few of them.
PirateX reminded me of the power in sharing vulnerability with our professional networks. “The Fool is the one who looks through this material illusion – The mat sees through matter, so to speak. This makes him one who is prepared to suffer. Only a Fool would be prepared to suffer.“
I had the pleasure of being welcomed into a community of entrepreneurs, visionaries and material magicians. Thank you Manuel, Aiste Lehmann, Hannah Berkemeier and the PIRATEx team for such a refreshing event. ARRR!!!
Some experiences just can’t be captured so it’s somehow fitting that my camera stopped working. Photo credit to Steward Rogers!
best startup get together in Germany
Great event PIRATE Summit – thanks to all fellowpirates.
Pirate Summit it’s “the perfect balance of
being useful, productive & fun. And great people!”
Excited to share that Numo was selected for the Walk the Plank pitch competition at PIRATE Summit in Cologne. Awesome opportunity to speak up about the massive ADHD problem 💛💙
Inspiring talks, super exchange of experiences, exciting people at PIRATE Summit.
Bye for now PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️
Counting the days till next year.
Can’t find the right words to describe the experience, I can only invite you to join in the experience next year and see for yourself. It’s a festival celebrating how business should be done.
Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ Rrofsh plako..
PIRATE Summit was a great celebration of female entrepreneurship and real problem solver.
Simply terrific! I was able to spend the last two days with the CxS GmbH on the PIRATE Summit in Cologne, get to know great people and #startups, listen to exciting lectures and just have a good time!
It was incredibly inspiring and motivating to get to know 💛🚀 the stories and careers – especially many #femalefounders
Thank you PIRATE Summit for the opportunity and thank everyone else for the great time.
Stay tuned, follow CxS GmbH and sign up for our newsletter on shopstartups.de so you don’t miss our launch!
Thanks for having us! We’re still amazed by all the insights we gathered, and the open-minded people we met!
We’re very proud of Pakistani🇵🇰 representation at the IFA Berlin & PIRATE Summit in Germany🇩🇪! These wonderful digipreneurs will have the opportunity to network & form partnerships with tech firms from all around the EU🇪🇺. We look forward to working with our friends here to further expand such 🇩🇪-🇵🇰 collaborations!
Had an amazing time!
ARRRmazing. What a blast PIRATE Summit – yesterday we walked the plank and pitched Complero! Great to connect with other founders and investors and reach out to the community.
Have you read the latest edition of The Lookout on our blog?
With the PIRATE Summit being held in person again, Felix Josephi discussed the why of how we gather in his newsletter.
Some events are perfect to be held in a digital format, while others have to be held in person in order to answer the audience’s needs.
And that’s what it is all about in the end: finding the best format for your event. Whether digital, in-person or hybrid, you should always keep in mind your audience and search to find the best event formats that will meet all expectations.
Read more about this and stay up to date on the latest news in the event industry here: https://lnkd.in/eTSwWDhw
ARRR, what has been a crazy week 😁 so far
Our first PIRATE Summit totally flashed us, because this mixture of #Startup #Conference and #Festival is really something very special.
⭐️ Were you there too? What were your highlights?
So many impressions in a very short time, I had to sort my head first to process everything. My highlights definitely:
🔸 Networking and reunion with many other startups from Cologne
🔸 Karaoke with a lot of crazy mood
🔸 Celebrate until late into the night and pitch your own company in Zoom at 8 in the morning? #workhardplayhard
🔸 Finale of the OOTB Award
See you next year, pirates 🏴 ☠️
What a week in the #STARTPLATZ! From Startup Breakfast to Female Modern Work Tour to Startup BBQ! Well, who was there for everything? 😉
🥐 On Tuesday we were able to host the Web de Cologne Startup Breakfast & welcome many companies, startups & people of the #Digitalwirtschaft from the Cologne region, and as a special guest the SBC – Slovenian Business Club, in the STARTPLATZ.
To this end, Jan Hecker from SipTogether & Tom Simon from hyfive lab shared their startups & #Gründungserfahrungen with us.
Thanks to our loyal STARTPLATZ supporter Richard C. Geibel for the moderation & to Nesrin Nazik for the great organization. As always, an extremely valuable exchange!
🌍 On Wednesday we went on Female Modern Work Tour! After the stimulating interview between founder Lea Kötschau and the author Anna Schnell about her book The Modern Work Tour – A World Tour into the Future of Our Work, the more than 60 participants exchanged views on Modern Work principles in small groups. Finally, a lively panel discussion on the topics of #ModernWork & #FemaleEntrepreneurship followed with Anna Schnell, gender scientist & founder Dr. Marie-Christine Frank (Drei Brueder Kommunikation und Beratung & #MACHERINNEN_CGN Netzwerk ) & TIGGES Rechtsanwälte partner Micaela Schork, LL.M. Schork – led by Synnous Consulting GmbH founder & VdU – Landesverband Rheinland | Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen e.V. board member Martha Giannakoudi.
We would like to thank the organizer Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen e.V. (VdU) & the supporters Synnous Consulting GmbH & TIGGES Rechtsanwälte for the successful cooperation!
A very special thank you goes to the numerous participants who made an inspiring exchange possible and lived. We look forward to welcoming you back to THE STARTING PLACE! 💚
🍻 After part of the team also got to know exciting startups & people at the PIRATE Summit, we kicked off the well-deserved end of the week yesterday at the monthly startup BBQ.
We wish you a well-deserved relaxing weekend!
Early bird tickets in a pocket already. See you guys next year! Great event.
Attending Pirate Summit is quite an extraordinary experience — participants from 60 different countries, unique location, interesting expert sessions, well coordinated pirate theme and relaxed atmosphere all add up to make this Europe’s largest invitation-only conference for early-stage startups, investors and corporate executives feel like a festival.
Amazing vibe at the PIRATE Summit in Cologne, together with founders and VCs around the world.
From NFC to Web3 and human approach on leadership, I learnt how people across the world are doing great things using technology and having great impact in this wonderful world we are living.
Met great people with great mindset. Couldn’t be more exiting to see what future holds!
This event was really OUT OF THE BOX and thus the perfect setting for the #OOTBNRW Award final at the 10th anniversary of the PIRATE Summit. A very special event that attracts international audiences and top speakers with its individuality: inside from all over the world and brings them to #Nrw.
Piracy is about: Speaking one’s own agenda into one’s of collaborators. It’s all about playing each other good. Pirates take risks, talk over talk, meet people with trust and remember to be generous – ALWAYS generous.
Now I’ve reached quite a bit of a milestone as a pirate. I’ll be the keynote speaker at the so-called PIRATE Summit.
PIRATE Summit 2022! ARRR you ready? 🏴☠️
This year’s theme is #RaiseYourself – You are the captain of your life: What will you make of it?
I’m really looking forward to exciting founder stories and insights on topics such as #mentalhealth, #emotionalintelligence, #selfawareness, #climatetech, #startuptactics, #techtrends and many more.
Miriam Kleiner, Janna Kramer and I are curious to see which familiar faces we will meet today – which of you is also there? 👀
This will be ARRRsome! 🎉
Founders Foundation gGmbH
🏴☠️ I represented APX at PIRATE Summit 2022, Europe’s largest invitation-only conference for early-stage startups, investors and corporate executives
🔥An archery range, a massage booth and a giant bonfire (some call it the “Burning Man” of the startup conferences)
⭐Key takeaway: #GenZ VC investors are changing the VC industry, not accepting the status quo, being values-focused and unafraid of breaking into untapped (emerging) markets
Fiery energy, great food, perfect setup. Thank you PIRATE Summit team for ARRR-some days.
Always heard good things about PIRATE Summit and finally washed up on these shores. Great weather, great venue!
Thank you, team, for another great PIRATE Summit – hands-down best startup get-together in Germany. 🙌🏾
Thanks to the fantastic #PIRATESummit team around Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️. Year by year, you guys create a special place to come together.
Speed dating, barbecue sessions, pitch competition at the captain’s deck, networking to the end and the burn ceremony at night. What a PIRATE Summit 🤙🏻
Rip off that mask.
Be yourself, be authentic, be real.
Entrepreneurship is all about authenticity and no better conference than PIRATE Summit to highlight it.
It’s more than a conference actually.
It’s a festival where we celebrate the bold and audacious, the crazy and the daring.
More than anything though, we celebrate amazing human beings.
Catch Index’s co-founder Mihai Sochirca at #PirateSummit in Cologne on September 6-7th for new experiences, authentic connections, peer learning, and a festival-like atmosphere.
Let your guard down by meeting inspiring leaders and speakers sharing their insights on tech trends, distributed teams, remote work, and many more.
✅100+ curated participants
Drop by to say hi👋
🔝 PIRATE Summit is a yearly conference about #entrepreneurship, #technology, exploring the world, and shaping it into something better.
Pirate’s relaxed atmosphere, brainstorming with old and new acquaintances, enriching encounters, numerous new contacts, one or the other inspiration 💡and a good party 🥳
Carefully crafted for connection, inspiration and learning – this was the motto of the PIRATE Summit, which we were able to experience up close. In the midst of an inspiring and creative atmosphere, the winners of the OUT OF THE BOX Award, which we have been accompanying for 3 years with our partner TAS Emotional Marketing GmbH, were announced.
The #OOTBNRW is sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the #boxontour sponsored by the NRW.BANK.
The start-ups ACCURE Battery Intelligence, Companyon Analytics GmbH and everwave received the prize money totalling 50,000 euros from the NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Mona Neubaur. Congratulations!
As visitors, we followed the exciting pitches live and were also able to enjoy good music, delicious food and the rousing atmosphere.
Best startup event ever! Passionate team, great crowd, amazing location! Thanks to the PIRATE Summit team!
It was inspiring to meet future world business leaders, hear their pitches, and see their latest innovations. I enjoyed letting go and had so much FUN. I’ve never experienced a conference quite like it. The last couple of days have been filled with meaningful conversations and teachings relating to the future of work in a diverse world. There was a great deal of focus on caring for our beautiful planet as well.
One of the best tech conferences in the world.
Networking, exciting speakers, the entire ecosystem of the start-up scene and a great location: PIRATE Summit is not an event like any other. Rather unforgettable in its own way.
More comments and insights after Piligree – 5 key discoveries, opinion on quality of the organization and impressions after PIRATE Summit report:
Had a blast at PIRATE Summit and loved talking about how the venture capital scene needs new ideas!
They say there’s something similar between these two photos 😂
We’ll be nakiduvati ideas about what can be done now and after victory to support Ukrainian tech ecosystem.
I’d be happy to chat, hug and tell, sho new and cool we do in Digitizing.Space .
See ya at the PIRATE Summit 🏴 ☠️
From the corporate world to the start-up world – 2 years ago I would never have thought that I would be giving a workshop on Mindful Leadership at the PIRATE Summit.
When I think about it, it fills me with incredible gratitude and pride!
Thanks PIRATE Summit for the great week.
Their mission is to create meaningful connections and grow the startup ecosystem. They celebrate true entrepreneurship and the startup culture and are known for their curated, authentic and somewhat different approach to events.
Looking forward to an ARRRsome PIRATE Summit! Thanks to the whole team for organizing the best German startup summit.
Great conference, great people and a lot of fun!
Amazing days and culture at PIRATE Summit 🔥
Awesome as always!
Our PIRATE Summit Recap… it was great! 🏴☠️
We got a lot of impressions, got to know an incredible number of exciting people and business ideas and also had a lot of fun. Aaron von Lüpke pitched for us at the Walk The Plank Competition and learned one or the other lesson from it:
➡️ The first pitch in English makes you more nervous than you think!
➡️ Always be pitch ready, because the investors are everywhere! Simply approach people, address them and make new contacts.
➡️ Getting together in the evening, as is so often the case, is where you get to know the most people because you create shared experiences and connections.
All in all, we are happy to have been there and think it’s great that they have such a platform as the #PIRATEsummit!
Congratuations to Karolina Attspodina 🇺🇦 from We Do Solar – She deserved to win the pitch at Walk The Plank!
Thank you for a great event & see you next year!
MINDFULNESS& FEMALE EMPOWERMENT #FORREAL at the PIRATE SUMMIT
Inspiring exchange, exciting pitches and positive vibes – Tim Weifenbach and Melanie Lirk take all this and much more with them from the PIRATE Summit. The two were particularly enthusiastic about the positive spirit of the participants in the Mindful Entrepreneur Workshop.
The findings of the participants:
➜ Mindfulness starts with each individual.
➜ Practicing mindfulness can look very different.
➜ Everyone is allowed to find the practice for themselves that suits him or her.
➜ Mindfulness promotes a positive and trusting team culture.
And I also say THANK YOU, dear Pirates Michelle George and Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️
You have written the topic of #FemaleLeadership on the flag and shown: You really live it. Unfortunately, I had to cancel at short notice due to my family. But you quickly and easily made it possible for Melanie to represent me.
🙏 THANK YOU for that! This is female empowerment. For real.
@piratesummit is over, but the energy, insight and inspiration will last for a long time! While technology is growing very fast, human behavior is not changing that fast. This is why it is extremely important that fast-growing organizations don’t leave their people behind. Every team’s position is unique, and that’s why the need for personalized learning and development is increasingly important. Whether it’s emotional health, leadership, or personal effectiveness, it’s all a system. Question, what is the time for in your organization?
Very thankful to be part of the event.
So many new interesting and engaging people, thanks to everyone for making this a truly great event. See you all next year for the 10th Anniversary!
The burning pirate at PIRATE Summit: a mix between a tech conference and the burningman
In the last 10 years, I’ve mostly seen a very dull picture at industry events: primarily male speakers, primarily male crowd of attendees. This has been changing but not fast enough.
The agenda of PIRATE Summit looks refreshing: so many wonderful female speakers will share their expertise, stories and wisdom. I wish more conferences would go an extra mile and curate such a diverse agenda!
I’m still thinking about the last two days.
I went to the PIRATE Summit without any expectations.
Besides an overwhelming number of incredibly exciting #female #founders (not standard in the startup scene), I was able to take away many great impulses.
I met so many exciting and inspiring #people from all over #Europe and completely without the usual buzzwording and bullshitting.
You really did a great job, dear PIRATE, especially Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️. I’m still very inspired by the, partly very deep, conversations of the last days.
All the positive energy of people who really want to make a difference and are full of drive will certainly carry me through the next few days.
It was really great meeting you all!
It’s been incredibly exciting to be a Walk The Plank finalist at PIRATE Summit and to spend two days networking with curated innovators, creators, and backers in what is one of the most unconventional events and inspiring venues in Cologne.
Many great VC conversations and overall inspiring minds, thank you to the team for hosting and for putting us in the spotlight on the 10th edition of the summit!
More comments and insights after PIRATE Summit – 5 main discoveries, opinions on the quality of organization and impressions after the Piligree report:
I had heard a lot of positive things about this event but nothing could have prepared me for
how awesome it really was, and how awesome all the PEOPLE were!
Wow! 10 years of PIRATE Summit
I am very happy that I will be there at least on the second day or evening.
The people and the atmosphere are really great and I get to know great people every time!
Probs and a strong Aaaaarrrr go out to the whole organization team!
Thank you very much for the invitation! It was an inspiring journey!
“Feels like home” 😎 We love our PIRATE Summit family. Thanks for having us!
Last week I had the great honour to give the closing keynote at PIRATE Summit, the event at which the Plan A journey kicked off three years ago, and to celebrate 10 years of Pirate Summit.
And such a celebration couldn’t have been possible without the one and only Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️.
I have continuously been impressed by the humility, kindness, dedication he has demonstrated throughout the years, in effort to continue pushing for the tech industry to be more inclusive, diverse and human.
Congratulations on yet another year where the future of tech defined!
PIRATE Summit described in 3 emotions: Adventure, Thrill, Inspiration!
As it’s now almost a tradition, I’m so proud to lead the comms efforts for our Social Ventures Program and support our 2022 winner, We Do Solar. Looking at the fantastic (solar☀️😆) energy of this great team, I have great hopes for our future energy transition process!
On top of this great kick-off, yesterday We Do Solar and their inspiring CEO Karolina Attspodina 🇺🇦 won the pitch competition at PIRATE Summit. I mean, speaking of having a busy week 🔥🔥
This takes me back to 2020 when BCGDV supported Plan A and their team headed by the incredible Lubomila Jordanova had recently won Pirate Summit. And look where they are now! 👏
The PIRATE Summit 2022 was inspiring. I had interesting discussions and met interesting companies and made new contacts.
One thing I realized, the focus on sustainability is all around, which is necessary. A lot of amazing product ideas I discovered at this event.
I am looking forward to follow up with people I connected here.
I would like to sincerely thank all participants, speakers, and peers for making the PIRATE Summit star-studded with impactful yet inspiring conversations.
Every speech exceeded all the bars and expectations 🔝💯
See you next year 🚀
PIRATE Summit is going to be an absolutely amazing event! I’m so glad I have the opportunity to be there 😊
Thanks PIRATE Summit for an Awesome Conference.
Why I owe more to children than to the most successful people in our country
Don’t get me wrong, my whole career is built on the knowledge, expertise and help of the most exciting personalities in Germany.
Over the past six years, I’ve talked to 400+ of our country’s most successful founders and investors on my podcast Unicorn Bakery, and yet all of this would be worth nothing without a single feature.
And this is exactly the quality I learned from children: to be curious and open
Nowadays we tend far too often to close ourselves off, to think we know better and to block ourselves with it.
Of course, I have learned everything I know from older and more experienced people.
But if curiosity and openness to new perspectives were not still part of my daily life, all this would have bounced off me and I would never have evolved.
That’s why I can only say: Yes, the perspective of the elderly is incredibly important in order to develop personally, to get perspective and to make better decisions.
PS: Simply trying out a podcast and the mindset for the next few years and not comparing yourself with the successes of others helps extremely.
I don’t have time for that, I always thought. As a #solopreneur, you are the entire team yourself and have to use your own capacities effectively. So I didn’t participate in any networking or pitching events for almost a year and worked in silence. That was a mistake.
Start-ups need attention and founders need the exchange with like-minded people.
On the #xathon of Henkel dx I got input & feedback from Dr. Jeremy Schönwälder Dr. Salima Douven Louisa Verch Jutta Jakobi (thank you💚) got to know one of my idols Tijen Onaran and meet founders who like to try out every Margarita in Kreuzberg as much as I 🥂 🥂🥂like Cheers to Selina R. Ochsner Caitlin Rozario Will Webster Sara Wach Marta Łącka 🥂🥂🥂
David Oudsandji & other start-ups pitching at the PIRATE Summit finally gave me the necessary impulse to sit down on my own slides and become more visible.
So much inspiration and exciting new contacts console over the fact that the inbox explodes and the work of a whole week piles up on the desk (insert nervously smiling emoji here).
ARRR 🔥 You rock: #piratesummit @ben_gruemer @ekofreezy 🚀
Many thanks to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and team and all #pirates for another very inspiring event in #Odonien ☠️
That was great for the 10th time, many nice people from all over the world, good conversations, much to laugh and much to marvel! Looking forward to next year and remember: 11 is a magic number in #Cologne
2 days spent on the PIRATE Summit and I have to say… I am excited. 🔥
My colleague Eugen Tschernov from STARTPLATZ I think summed it up well: The event found a good balance between professionalism and looseness. I only agree with that. 👏
I was not only able to get to know many inspiring people, great stories and interesting #startups during the last 2 days, but also to be able to take a lot of content with me through the keynotes and workshops. ✨
Thank you dear Pirate #team and see you next year. 😎
Loved the experience!! Thanks for the opportunity.
2 days or ARRRRRR!
We´ve spend the last two days mostly covered in dirt & smoke at the amazing Odonien venue in Cologne at PIRATE Summit.
BRYCK & Pirates both share a passion for events and formats out of the box with a little edge.
According to one of the pirate house rules “No BS”, Ersin Üstün shared his personal journey and experiences on the importance of personal self-evolvement while growing professionally.
Thank you Pirate, Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ & team for 2 amazing days outside the ordinary!
It’s difficult getting back to reality after such a great PIRATE Summit!
PIRATE Summit deserves its reputation of being different than any other startup event I have been to.
Grateful for the meaningful connections we made at PIRATE Summit!
My first time at @piratesummit has been amazing. Met so many kind and skilled people who told me their stories, and who gave me support and inspiration.
I met an old friend, and found new ones! It’s been great ♥️ See you next yeARRRR! 🦜🏴☠️
The last three days at PIRATE Summit with inspiring talks, great people, and the best weather were ARRRsome!!! A big thank you to all pirates for organizing such a stunning event.
How do you feel, really?
PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️🔥
Let us together create a movement of authenticity and ask this question to ourselves and others more. Let us all lead the way by asking and answering honestly from deep inside to break the ice and by opening ourselves, giving others the room to open up, too 💚
So, how are you, really?
AAAAAAR! Two days of inspiring panels, lots of input and just really nice people have come to an end. Thank you, PIRATE Summit for this experience.
It was my very first time at Odonien and I literally had no idea what to expect. I’ve never been to an business event, where networking was that easy and where l you could literally wait in line for a massage and get in contact with startups from all over the world.
Thank you and see you next year, pirates!
So, I have to say initially I was apprehensive about coming to PIRATE Summit like it was so hippy and not my thing. BUT looking at the houserules, esp #1 #2 #3 #4 and thank God for the freedresscode in the extreme heat, I am growing on it. 😁
🌍 Can and should climate tech funds commit to a specific CO2 reduction target? And if so, what should that target be?
At this week’s PIRATE Summit, I had insightful discussion with Tobias Faupel about the role and responsibility of climate tech funds in combating climate change.
At Contrarian Ventures, I see many pitch decks targeting 1 gigaton of CO2/yr.
A gigaton (1,000,000,000 tons) is roughly equivalent to the mass of all land mammals (except humans) in the world or twice the mass of all humans in the world.
In 2010 about 9 Giga-tons of Carbon (GtC) were emitted from burning fossil fuels only. ….9 Giga-tons is the weight of about 132 billion people. The amount of carbon we are putting into the atmosphere each year is equal to 20 times the weight of the current world population.
I discussed with Merit Valdsalu the difficulty to calculate the carbon sink potential of our ocean not to mention the ownership problem.
How do we measure the potential of innovations that preserve our carbon sinks? Or technologies that support consumer shifts?
So what is the right framework or the right metric for climate tech funds when evaluating climate tech startups?
Yesterday night , someone asked me how @PIRATESummit feels to me.
It took me a moment to think but in the end it was pretty simple.
It feels like #home. Thank you to everyone for creating such a wonderful
event once again.
Unique experience at PIRATE Summit!! We new it was going to be great but it exceeded all expectations.
When Darya Kamkalova approached me about being part of the Venturing Women podcast, I could only say Yes.
She is a really passionate woman, with the goal of supporting women in startups and investing with her podcast. Female founders, investors and ecosystem enablers share their stories, knowledge, fears and failures, moments of growth and pieces of advice in her podcast.
At PIRATE Summit, she made a series of short recordings of female speakers incl. myself
🎥 Successful Founder = True allrounder? Yes & No
Events that help me to maintain networks and to get in touch with exciting founders. My now 7th PIRATE Summit. Thank you Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and crew for putting this event on its feet ❤️. Arrrrrr.
Great lectures, amazing location and lots of Arrr.
Thank you for having us and making us part of your VC jury – it was a blast 🏴☠️
PIRATE Summit is truly an experience to remember.
Carefully crafted for connection, inspiration, and learning, this summit is just a different breed.
So excited and happy to be able to share my insights and create space for others to build more clarity and certainty in their lives and business.
PIRATE Summit is the yearly gathering of entrepreneurs that love to solve real problems and build durable businesses.
Thank you PIRATE Summit for a great day, again! Good talks, great pitches and awesome vibes.
4th place for anny! 🚀
On Wednesday, as part of the PIRATE Summit, the Out of the Box was .NRW #Award and #anny took 4th place with a crazy performance by Oliver W. among several hundred participants! 🏆
It was a mega experience and a great evening full of exciting conversations with other #Startups and #Investor: inside.
Thanks also to Mona Neubaur, Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy and Deputy Prime Minister of the State of NRW for the exciting exchange on #Digitalisierung, #Innovationen and the importance of start-ups in NRW!
Last but not least, of course, congratulations on the 1st place: Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies from ACCURE Battery Intelligence and a big THANK YOU to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the wonderful team for hosting the PIRATE Summit!
It was my first time at PIRATE Summit and it was more than I could ve ever imagined. Came with an idea; leaving with few more to work on and lots of memories. This event was sensational! Well done and thank you! ♥️
Out of the comfort zone and talk to a lot of strangers…🏴☠️
Besides great workshops, pitches and lectures, there was one thing in particular at the PIRATE Summit: the opportunity to talk to many people in person. This, I really enjoyed! Especially because one thing led to another, I was continually surprised and new paths opened up.
In the end, I sat in the car heading back home with three founders with whom I got into conversation solely because they were wearing a t-shirt with the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn 🚟 (overhead railway) and the little elephant Tuffi 🐘. It turned out that they were invited by Circular Valley from the most diverse corners of the world to present their ideas. It made me a bit proud of Wuppertal and the ever-growing startup network in our region!
I really missed the lively, varied, sometimes hectic and emotionally charged hustle and bustle of real life start up events. All the more, I am now looking forward to the next upcoming events, such as Bits & Pretzels at the end of the month.
At PIRATE Summit it’s all about meaningful connections. Through various formats and activities they’ll ensure your personal networking experience. If you are looking to connect and learn from likeminded founders or are looking for capital/early stage startups, then PIRATE Summit is for you.
PIRATE Summit has always been my place to talk to people I would have never met and mostly
are still connected to even after several years.
My first time at PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️🔥
– How do you feel, REALLY?
I am not an #Entrepreneur – not yet!
But I’ve got an entrepreneurial #mindset
I loved the atmosphere and the speeches
– Authentic – Inspiring – Candid
#RaiseYourself puts the individuals in the centre and I could really feel that #founders with their thoughts and #feelings matter.
📍My take away for all of us, is easy and hard at the same time:
Ask your colleagues weekly:
🔥How do you feel, REALLY?
Create a #culture where everyone is able to answer this question honestly without beeing afraid of judgement.
Be a Role Model in answering honestly first!
Thanks for your words Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️
#ARRR-some ⚔️🏴 ☠️
PIRATE Summit 2022, wow! What a great event! Many thanks to the entire PIRATEx team and of course Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️
Everyone could feel the spirit #RaiseYourself!
Of course, a big thank you also goes to the terrific Venture Services by KPMG team!
Florian Merkel, Simon Arsenidis, Lena Weidenbusch, Julian Gockel, Stefan Tepaß, Sophie Diczig, Dr. Ian Maywald, Dr. Frank Kafka, Tanja Oswald, Ehsan Allahyar Parsa
For all those who missed it, here is a small video with my personal highlights!
Goodbye PIRATE Summit.
It has been funny, intense, amazing.
We met new people, laughed and cried, told our life story over and over again while learning something new each and every time we were in touch with some other person’s humanity.
So goodbye PIRATE Summit and thank you.
Thank you for granting us yet another unique experience.
My experience at PIRATE Summit was unique: I met amazing founders and investors, made new friends, and got to know myself better.
Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ , thank you for creating this wonderful opportunity.
Networking with an event character. 🏴☠️
Startup spirit that inspires!
This week the PIRATE Summit took place in Cologne.
In addition to many digital start-ups, a wide variety of areas were represented, including investors and established companies.
The location and the pirate motto provided an event character that is only known from a few networking events. 🔥 #burningman
The focus was always on the following topics:
#Persönlichkeit in business is above the technical and technical.
#Miteinander projects become large, whether with partners or customers, the exchange at eye level is crucial.
#Erlebnisse you have to create in order to remain memorable, as the PIRATE Summit did.
Many contacts with exciting personalities who make you want to work together and the next networking events. 🚀
Wow, what a performance Yesterday I had the pleasure to perform with my choir, the „biggest girl group in the world“, the VEEDELPERLEN, at PIRATE Summit in Odonien. 🏴☠️🔥After exciting pitches at the OUT OF THE BOX. NRW Award 2022 we started our very first flash mob.🎤
We were all a bit nervous, but we had a great audience.🏽
Do you already know our Veedelperlen Instagram account? Give us a like, stay up to date, see you on 11.11. in Kölle … or maybe earlier 🤫
Attending the PIRATE Summit 2022….most chilled out event of my life!😁🥳🥳
Burning man of the tech industry 🚀🚀🚀Proud to be a part of it! Amazing experience!
Passion. That’s what drives me as a founder and keeps me pushing to have an #impact. For years, I have been following my passion and gut feeling – whether it’s choosing my educational career, doing music and sports or building businesses.
At this year’s PIRATE Summit, I have met many #founders and #investors that are here for a higher purpose, to tackle the most pressing needs of our society, from climate over social to educational problems. Sometimes, people complain that as an individual, you can’t have an impact. Well, as founders and investors, we are in a great position to actually make a difference on scale by building on multiplicator effects to create an impact.
What I love about entrepreneurship is that there is not just this 1 way of doing it and getting into it. When you follow your #passion, you can make things work. Don’t be scared of taking risks. That’s what I also talked about with Eko Fresh, a German rapper with a passion for music turning into an entrepreneur to support the own roots with their Cologne-based startup Liefertürke. It may only take one inspiration to light the fires in others.
A big ARRR to all volunteers and organisers of PIRATE Summit. You rock!!
PIRATE Summit 2015 was just ARRRsome!
We definitely found our inner pirate – ARRR! 🏴☠️🔥
In the past days we were at the PIRATE Summit Cologne celebrating their 10th anniversary. Amygdala Health was part of the walk the plank the challenge which we loved.
It was joyful to be a part of the event that celebrated female entrepreneurship and real problem solvers. Let us use technology and science to solve real problems, starting from our own habits and behaviour.
This was my first time at the PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️ in Cologne.
Here are my key learnings:
1. Authenticity is key: In business we often learn to put on our professional persona, but especially for young companies it can be of so much value to show your employees your personal passion.
2. How are you, really?
3. Rap is like founding a company.
Wow what a great event it was, thanks PIRATE Summit i.e. Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ & team for making this possible!
Met amazing founders from Ukraine🇺🇦, Latvia🇱🇻, Romania🇷🇴, Kosovo🇽🇰, Moldova🇲🇩, Poland🇵🇱.
CEE is taking over!
It was great to catch up Mike Butcher MBE Martin Olczyk Ana Wolsztajn Marvin Liao Igor Ovcharenko Mendim Avdyli Mary Nemciuc, Marta Łącka
and spend extra time with our SMOK Ventures portfolio founders Dorota Rymaszewska Paulina Wardęga Piotr Chomczyk Leszek Wolany Maciej Lotkowski
Till next time!
PIRATE Summit for me was a life-changing event. I can travel to many places and conferences, but only at PIRATE Summit I do feel at home. I can’t wait to be back at the dusty Odonien this year!
This year’s edition of PIRATE Summit was a blast!
Thanks to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the whole team for bringing this unique and extraordinary event to my hometown 10 years ago.
I hope the show will go on for at least the next 10 years.
Also big props to Eko Fresh for his talk A Rapper’s Delight – Rhymes in Entrepreneurship and his very personal, emotional story.
Hopefully see you next year again!
🏴 ☠️ We aRRRe back in Town
🦾 Let’s Celebrate #Entrepreneurship Together – that’s our motto, our daily mantra. What could be better than getting together with people from all over the world who are passionate about the same thing – in the truest sense of the word?
🗯️ Many of you were there when it was exactly what was said at our Hinterland of Things Conference on June 1 in the engine shed. Last week, we ourselves were guests in Cologne on the PIRATE Summit to network and gather new impulses in the ecosystem.
☠️ Always thinking outside the box and thus expanding your own view is one of the most important things if you want to found a #Startup. That’s why we were very happy to meet so many of our founders, alumni and friends on site! Marcel Banmann of saasmetrix, Sina Kämmerling of FINDIQ , Lena Frommer & Anna Frommer of inngo GmbH, Melvin Schwarz of Recommendy, Caro Aschemeier of Deutschfuchs, Team VanSite, and much more!
🖤 And of course a big shoutout and #crewlove to our team with Anna-Luisa Korte, Simon Brakhage, Dana F., Emilia Guist, Nils Lohmann, Leo Gonzalez Schilder, Selena Browne, Joyce Herberg, Marius Winkels, Annika Rubart, Celine Hilbich, Miriam Kleiner, Stephan Jacquemot, Dominik Gross and Janna Kramer
💯 The pictures speak for themselves when we say We had a blast! A powerful ARRRRR to all those who have made our Pirate Experience special!
Two amazing days at the PIRATE Summit last week.
The first day started strong by meeting with female founders speakers for breakfast, it was so inspiring. 😍
The energy stayed the same with even more people and sessions during the summit. I particularly enjoyed the free time in between that allowed me to meet and talk to so many talented people.
Kudos to the amazing team behind this unique gathering Michelle George, Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ 🏴☠️❤️
It was great!
PIRATE Summit absolutely rrrrocked
not only technical contents but real emotions and meaningful connections
Back to PIRATE Summit and guess what, I found it as I left it in 2019 with :
🤪 the unique atmosphere
😍 the amazing people
🔥the connections with startup ecosystem from all over the world
and of course the great organization!
Still thinking with joy about our 3. Place at the 🏆 #OutoftheBox Award 2022! A team achievement that we are proud of! We didn’t just win €10,000 @clemens.feigl & Dr. Tilman Floehr were able to successfully present our vision several times & encouraged all attendees for sustainability. Great audience, interested questions, lots of smiling faces – what more can we ask for. A big thank you to @mkoelman & everyone who contributed to this unique #PIRATESummit 2022. From the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Climate Policy and Energy to the musical background by the “Veedel Pearls”. A great job by all involved! 👏 We are also happy that #Aachen played such an extraordinary role, ACCURE Battery Intelligence wholeheartedly congratulate for the win & also salute anny! Already last year, a start-up from the region was able to win with Clinomic! 💪 Shoutout to all the other nominated finalists: Companyon Analytics GmbH, CUREosity GmbH, Deutschfuchs, KNOWBODY, Recommendy, tl;dv and VanSite – all your pitches were inspiring! With joy we still think about our 3rd place at the 🏆 “Out of the Box” Award 2022! A team achievement we are proud of! We didn’t just win 10,000 euros. Clemens Feigl & Dr. Tilman Flöhr were also able to successfully present our vision several times & inspire everyone present for sustainability. Great audience, interested questions, many smiling faces – what more do we want? A big thank you to Manuel Koelman and everyone who contributed to this unique “PIRATE Summit” 2022. From the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Climate Policy and Energy to the musical background by the “Veedelperlen”. A super job by all involved! 👏 We are also happy that Aachen played such an extraordinary role, congratulate ACCURE Battery Intelligence from the bottom of our hearts for the victory & also greet anny! Already last year, Clinomic, a start-up from the region, was able to take the win! 💪 Shoutout to all other nominated finalists: Companyon Analytics GmbH, CUREosity GmbH, Deutschfuchs, KNOWBODY, Recommendy, tl;dv and VanSite – all your pitches were inspiring!
PIRATE Summit kicks off today! And while we are waiting for news and insights from Tomas Lekavičius , we are sharing a video about how the preparations for this event went 🏴 ☠️
What is special about this event? How was the selection for speakers? How is the preparation for the announcement coming along?
Tom will hold a practical workshop tomorrow on the future of learning from managers, business owners, perspectives – how to manage the human factor in your organization, how to have more strategic and daily clarity and prepare for an unpredictable bye for the duck?
Amazing tech conference PIRATE Summit!
Yesterday we were able to take a look at the exciting start-up trade fair PIRATE Summit. 🏴 ☠️
A highlight was the OUT OF THE BOX. NRW Award, which was won by none other than our scale-up ACCURE Battery Intelligence! 📈
Click here for the article:
The mix of innovative ideas and unique welcoming atmosphere – thank you PIRATE Summit for a great tech event.
Great speeches, super networking and an incredible special atmosphere. This PIRATE Summit rocked! 🔥Thank you for being ARRR part of it!
Best summit ever!
PIRATE Summit – a super casual, social and at the same time very sustainability-conscious event for startups and investors.
Exactly a week ago, the PIRATE Summit started.
As always it was an amazing experience. A place where you are invited to come as you are, where the individual human being comes first – business after.
It’s hard to pack everything in words, you have to feel it, to really understand.
There’s been a ton of other things to do, discuss and take-away.
It was amazing to meet so many like-minded people and I am looking forward to next year’s edition!
PIRATE Summit is the craziest conference made with love and the right attitude to support entrepreneurs and the innovation ecosystem. Simply ARRRmazing!
We had the time of our lives at #PirateSummit last week and this is why:
🚀 We got to be around amazing Moldovan startups in Köln, Germany
🚀 We had the chance to listen to top tier founders, investors, mentors, trackers and business people.
🚀 We enlarged our network and pitched our ideas to other participants
🚀 We got back home with thousands of new thoughts, ready to be implemented locally.
Thank you, PIRATE SUMMIT for having us and thank you, Moldovan team, for being the best! 💛
Schüttflix is there when the startup association stops at cologne on the PIRATE Summit on its tour through Germany. Are you guys too? Don’t miss out when Dr. Niklas Helleman NOMOO , Rebecca Göckel SoSafe and Nils Klose of Schüttflix tell their startup stories and look forward to extensive networking over delicious drinks.
We look forward to meeting you there. Go here to register:
Burning man party at PIRATE Summit was impressive and really hot 😉🔥✌️
>> 🏆 Out of the Box Award
In a nail-biter finale yesterday evening at the PIRATE Summit 2022, many of us watching the live stream felt a clear déjà vu. It wasn’t just the celebratory, collegial mood, bright spotlights, or trophy. The first-place award marked the third recognition for our cloud-based Battery Intelligence solutions this year, after the Sustainability in Automotive Award in May and the AC² Innovation Prize in June. For the #ACCUREteam it comes together with months of strong international growth.
The Out of the Box Award is an initiative of the Department of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy.
The award focuses on the degree of innovation, market growth potential, competitive environment, and team qualifications. As one of 10 digital start-ups nominated and part of the final four, we are proud to be recognized.
“We are incredibly humbled to be the winner out of so many great companies with smart solutions for making the world better. I take this prize on behalf of our whole ACCURE team. This will push us even more to keep working on accelerating the energy transition with safe, reliable, and sustainable batteries,” said Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies, CEO and Co-founder.
Shout out to fellow nominees: anny, Companyon Analytics GmbH, CUREosity GmbH, Deutschfuchs, everwave, KNOWBODY, Recommendy tl;dv and VanSite Keep going!
PIRATE Summit 2022. ☠️🌞☠️
🚀🚀🚀What an amazing event
Odonien as a cool location is a meeting place for the international #Startup scene for 2 days. It was great to talk to so many dedicated startups, #BusinessAngels, investors and multipliers yesterday and to meet so many new, interesting people.
I was particularly pleased to see the large number of #femalefounders and #Investorinnen. The #pitches with a lot of #impact and #sustainability focus were pretty good, as was the mood. Gladly next year again.
The most magical thing about the event is the give, give, give, get mindset everyone joins it with. During the event, I (and everyone I met) were all ears for opportunities to lift up and support fellow pirates, and that’s not your typical conference mindset…
It’s an adventure that will encourage to breathe deeper, open up, feel vulnerable, cry a bit, share your journey, make new friends, get a back massage and then shoot some rubber ducks 😅
Filled with love and gratefulness to have had the opportunity to be part of it! So, here are some snaps of the adventures we’ve had 🖤🖤🖤
Leaving PIRATE Summit in cologne with a lot of great and inspirational people I made meaningful connections with.
Thanks Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and team for creating such a special event.
Pirate Summit is a great place to meet people in an informal way but also to lay the foundation for a potential business partnership.
And also: To all the female founders and investors I met, you rock! 🤘
When was the last time you were YOURSELF? 😳 In a world where we encounter so much ‘fake’ every day, we long for #Authentizität & #Echtheit 🙇🏼 ♀️ Just being yourself is often easier said than done. On social media, in exchange with the supervisor, at the job interview we want to show our best side. Even in our private lives, we often take on a role, often unconsciously. zusammen As a place for people to connect & bring together, away from superficialities, this is what @piratesummit looks like ✨ A place to truly connect people ,🏼 Exactly this claim, makes the PIRATE Summit a #Konferenz, that feels somehow different. 🙃 Thanks for a great event with exciting connections & the great organization dear 🏴 ☠️ Pirate-Team 👏🏼 #RaiseYourself @nuwo.co #FemaleFounder 🚀
The most awesome startup event in Europe.
Thank you PIRATE Summit for this awesome experience! We are glad to meet people there too!
So much #Startupspirit in the PIRATE Summit with a great atmosphere, exciting input, inspiring stories, old acquaintances such as the CEO of the JUNIOR Alumni / JA Alumni Germany Mike Diehl and many startups from Ukraine 🇺🇦. Arrrrrrr!
We are excited to be at PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️#ARRR
It’s a yearly gathering of entrepreneurs who love solving real problems and building durable businesses.
#Piratesummit is about
🤝 Finding a co-founder to join forces
💸 Meeting the right investor
🧑🎓 Learning from more experienced entrepreneurs
💪 Getting into the right program
Unique location, great atmosphere and authentic exchange – the PIRATE Summit is a great startup conference! 🏴☠️
It was with great pleasure that I gave a Masterclass on Business Planning together with Julian Gockel and introduced the founders to how they are supported by the KPMG Startup Finance App.
Congratulations to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the whole PIRATEx team for the successful event. You have created a real market for doers!
A big #ARRR to my pirates Florian Merkel Dr. Ian Maywald Lena Weidenbusch Julia Joy Fey Julian Gockel Tanja Oswald Sophie Diczig Ehsan Allahyar Parsa Stefan, Alexandra and the team of Venture Services by KPMG 🏴 ☠️
“PIRATE Summit has always been my place to talk to people I would have never met and mostly
are still connected to even after several years.”
Pirates of uncertain times, #raiseyourself
What a fantastic slogan of this years´ PIRATE Summit!❤️
I had the chance to pitch and discuss the emergence of the huge emotional skill gap in business and society and how we tackle it. I was super excited to see the big interest in human-centric leadership and emotional skill development!
My four most important points:
👉🏼 We currently face a huge emotional skill gap in business!
👉🏼 This results in numerous open job positions, unmotivated employees and frustrated managers >> thus less innovation and solutions for our urgent problems.
👉🏼 The further rise of AI will increase the need for emotional skills as simple, repetitive, and purely analytical skills are taken over by machines.
👉🏼 Digital learning methods with a focus on emotional skills help companies build a people-centric, emotionally intelligent work culture and close the emotional skill gap.
A special thanks to Antje Lienert and Oscar Escalante from Wirtschaftsförderung Köln for giving us the opportunity!
Pitching Fuel, promoting Ukraine & first time crying on the stage
On the first day of @piratesummit, I was pitching Fuelfinance. 3 minutes for pitch and 2 min for questions from investors. It was a great new experience for me.
Celine, Janna and I are today the second day at the PIRATE Summit 🏴 ☠️ 2022 🥳 We are really looking forward to it, because the kick-off yesterday was already really strong! 🔥🔥
Our family member Tilman went to PIRATE Summit in Cologne yesterday. He enjoyed a very welcoming crowd, the campfires and clinics, and on top of that met many interesting teams. Until next time! 👋🏼
Finally I have time to look back over the two days of the PIRATE Summit
It was my first time and I am very happy that the Università di Trento made it possible for us to participate.
The Pirate Summit is not just a conference, it is much more.
It is a fun opportunity to live in an out-of-the-box, creative and inclusive context.
I would like to thank all the PEOPLE (experts) who allowed me to gain new knowledge and discover realities about one of my favourite fields, entrepreneurship.
I was impressed by the way the staff organised talks and sessions; even as a student, I had the pleasure of following them as part of a common environment. Indeed, it has been extremely easy doing what I love, interacting with people.
Thank you to everyone for sharing your experiences, advice and for the conversations we had.
I look forward to the next one… with the aim of participating as an entrepreneur ☠️🏴☠️
One of the best events I have ever attended.
In any case, I have become richer with many great experiences, new experiences and new contacts – in summary, I had a good time!
🏴☠️ TechVision Fonds goes PIRATE Summit 🏴☠️
Great vibes at this years pirate summit! Together with TechVision Fonds I had the chance to talk to ambitious founders and experience new ideas.
The festival atmosphere is truly unique.
(Pic 3: always looking for new technologies)
We enjoyed PIRATE Summit with some great conversations, panels and pitches. Great location, great people – loved it!
Great learnings about the future of Enterprise tech at PIRATE Summit.
Marvin Liao is right now kicking off PIRATE Summit in Cologne, Germany 🥳
Talking about #tech trends to expect, drawing from his 400+ #startup investments.
He is a BADideas.fund member and was my investor for my 1st startup while at 500Startups, so especially great to meet again.
But the whole vibe here at PIRATE Summit is just awesome! The 30° C helps as well ☀️
awesome place to meet #startup #founders and #investors
This week part of our team had two adventurous days in the Odonia in cologne where the PIRATE Summit took place. These exciting days once again brought us great connections, inspiring sessions, good conversations and the opportunity to network in an ever growing ecosystem. Our participation in the event can be perfectly summed up by our startup ecosystem manager, Rebekka Bracht: “The Pirate Summit was AAAAAAR!” This event is unique in so many ways. “We were very happy that we were part of the summit and are already looking forward to being there again next year! 🏴 ☠️ ☠️🔥 +++ This week part of our team spent two days living an adventure at the amazing Odonien venue in Cologne for the PIRATE Summit. These amazing days brought us once again great connections, inspiring sessions, good conversation and the possibility to network on an ever growing ecosystem. Our participation on the event can be greatly summarized by our startup ecosystem manager, Rebekka Bracht: “Pirate Summit was AAAAAAR!” This event is unique in so many different ways. “We were really happy for being part of this and can’t wait to be there next year again! 🏴 ☠️☠️🔥
It was a hell of an event with a bunch of awesome people! Aye!
Had again a blast at this year’s PIRATE Summit! It’s always great to return to my old stomping grounds and to see so many inspiring people doing good things!
Pleasure to be part of this extraordinary event. Blue sky, quiet sea, cool co-sailors, ARRR!
PIRATE Summit is an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with a great audience.
@piratesummit is truly an experience to remember. Carefully crafted for connection, inspiration, and learning, this summit is just a different breed. As such, PIRATE Summit is more of a conference about entrepreneurship. It’s about exploring the world and ourselves and shaping it into something better. I’m beyond excited and happy to be able to share my insights and create space for others to build more clarity and certainty in their lives and business. So if you are looking for more clarity in your daily actions towards the things that truly matter to you as a leader, entrepreneur or high performer – I’m your guy. See you next year, Pirates!
🏴 ☠️🦜🔥Thank you Cologne 🦜🔥🏴 ☠️
I met a lot of great people and had interesting conversations.
Many thanks to PIRATE Summit for an ARRRsome conference.
Thanks PIRATE Summit for some ARRRsome days in Cologne.
This week at PIRATE Summit one rule was called give, give, give, ask.
The concept is that it’s no fun having people just sell to each other all the time.
Another reason for this is that when people try to sell, it is too often done in a kind of repulsive manner.
There is another way, that I call heart-to-heart sales.
Check it out 🙂
ps. thank you everyone for the amazing experience at PIRATE Summit!
Arrrrrrr 🏴☠️🏴☠️🏴☠️ For the first time I was able to participate PIRATE Summit in my beautiful hometown colognes.
Great Location, wonderful people and insightful conversations.
Big thanks to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the team
See you next time 🚀🚀🚀
ARRR – we also set our sail for the PIRATE Summit Startup Conference 2022! ⛵️🏴 ☠️
Our captain Olga Barreto Gonçalves is sailing to Germany to take part in the PIRATE Summit! 🏴☠️🏴☠️
Give everything without expecting anything in return.
That is what the PIRATE Summit is about — an attitude, a set of value that makes the world a better place.
The PIRATE Summit was a very inspiring experience 🏴 ☠️
In addition to valuable keynotes and impressive pitches, there was ice bathing, meditation, drumming, singing lessons and lots of interesting people! I even met a musician colleague. I’m already looking forward to the next time ✌🏼
This month we continue with Bits & Pretzels and Hands On Data (HOD). I’m looking forward to seeing old and new faces!
PIRATE Summit has managed to develop from an insider tip to one of the most important start-up events in Europe. The event has now become one of the most important meetings for serious founders and their financiers.
Today we are all pirates at PIRATE Summit 🙌🏽 big up to the entire crew for this great event 🙌🏽
Maybe it’s the imperfect location that people don’t have to present themselves perfectly
In the last two days I had many conversations – very good, open and intense. In a junkyard.
Because at the PIRATE Summit 10 Years of Arrrr were celebrated in the Odonien in Cologne
But in addition to a lot of action, fun and fire, the Pirate Summit has also managed to build an event that is not only about party, sales, crass speakers and new LinkedIn contacts – but about honest encounters in which you also talk about what is not going well, what you are struggling with and where you have fears and insecurities.
And that was nice!
🏆1st place for We Do Solar at the PIRATE Summit 🙌🏻💪🏻
Wow, what a week…
I am so grateful for this opportunity and being able to present something that was just an idea in my head not so long ago 🙈
The recognition that we are getting is insane, sometimes even hard to digest. The only thing which is 100% true is, when you truly make a product that solves a huge problem, you will never have obstacles to grow and become successful in what you do.
Thank you to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the whole PIRATE Summit team for putting up such an awesome show, it really felt like a show and an incredible space where people connected over super fun activities. I have never experienced something like that before and will for sure come back next year. I also wanted to point out that the % of women was extraordinary and out of 5 finalist during the pitch, there were 4 women. Way to go, this was incredible to see 👌🏼
🇺🇦2 days at the 10th 🇩🇪PIRATE Summit in Cologne, Germany, a conference specifically designed for entrepreneurs focusing on real-life experiences, authentic connections, and peer learning. The unique perspective of thinking out of the box, inspiration (even during wartime), and insights from global enablers.
An inspiring PIRATE Summit 2016 w/ insights + updates on AI.
Set sail for new horizons! Many thanks to PIRATE Summit for organizing this extraordinary event.
Great to see that sustainability was the overarching topic on this years PIRATE Summit! From #netzero to #esgreporting, #plasticpollution or #foodwaste, many startup teams are building solution to the most pressing issues of our time.
One investor from the US even said the German startup ecosystem seems to really differentiating itself from others by fostering social and ecological business models.
When my passion for sustainable entrepreneurship sparked in 2009 at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg this was a nerdy niche topic. Fascinating to see such development, although it means I am old…
ARR ARR – The PIRATE Summit 2022 took place last week in Cologne, Germany and of course we were there as partners and attendees. With our official event app, we were able to digitally amplify networking opportunities for the on-site event. Many attendees used talque to stay up to date and connect with exciting people from their circle.
We express our respect to Felix Josephi from PIRATEx and the whole team for this great event. It offered everything an entrepeneur’s heart needs.
In addition, we would like to thank all attendees who attended Tassilo Ott’s talk on How I survived the first 7 years of startup business.
Awesome few days judging and mentoring at PIRATE Summit.
If you’re attending the PIRATE Summit, secure your ticket for the Love, Mercy, Facts campfire session with Arianit Fazliu – Co-founder of Kutia.
Sep 7, 2022
About last week.. turtle moments at the pirate summit 2022 in Cologne 🏴 ☠️ As a startup, the exchange with others is super important for us – and the best thing is: at the Pirate Summit, as you can see, we also had a lot of fun!
We were also able TO TELL YOU THANK YOU that things are going very well with us and that the turtle family continues to grow ❤️ every month We were and are really incredibly proud of this! Thank you for everything!
It was nice at PIRATE Summit in Cologne! Thank you for the wonderful event!
PIRATE Summit is already one of the best events of the year for us!
Yesterday I had my first burn at PIRATE Summit. It is oddly ritualistic and teaches you: Give give give, ask!
Pirate Summit 2022.
Amazing location in which to bring entrepreneurs and investors together. 💪🏻
Once a pirate, always a pirate!
PIRATE Summit is over and amongst the many takeways someone can get from the event, the main one is #raiseyourself.
But what does #raiseyourself mean in the entrepreneurship context?
First and foremost, to me, it means be healthy.
Physically and psychologically healthy.
Unhealthy leaders will never do the best job they can.
I have learned it the hard way.
We hustle continuosly, try to do our best for the business and for the people, yet fail to care about our needs and wants.
Good leaders need to be selfless right?
We have to fight our own ego in the pursuit of the silluete of the perfect leader, one that doesn’t exist.
And we do so while neglecting ourselves.
But, instead of fighting our nature, we should embrace it, empower it.
We don’t need to perfect to be good leaders.
We need to be healthy.
Only by being healthy, we can do our best in what we do, only this way we can be the best version of ourselves.
So I’m back with the realization that it’s ok to think of myself from time to time.
I must be healthy and I don’t need to apologize for it.
This was a truly unique event – PIRATE Summit 2022 in the 10th edition!
A big #Arr to the whole PIRATEx crew and Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ – Thank you!
Back to business filled up with good energy from PIRATE Summit! We had such a great time sharing with entrepreneurs and tech professionals.
Great atmosphere at PIRATE Summit!
Yesterday I had the great honor for anny at the OUT OF THE BOX. NRW Award to #pitchen. We got into the hot seat round and took 4th place. 🎉
This is thanks to the great #Team of anny, who work hard every day to create a platform on which we can #teilen more and more resources.
The #Award is a great sign that politicians are promoting the startup scene in NRW. It was a great pleasure for me to meet the Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Mona Neubaur personally on stage. 🤝
Congratulations to Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies of ACCURE Battery Intelligence for the victory, Thorsten Havemann of Companyon Analytics GmbH for the 2nd place and especially Dr. Tilman Floehr and Clemens Feigl of everwave for the 3rd place! I was allowed to accompany everwave myself for some time and it was nice to share the stage with you.
I myself was able to take a lot from PIRATE Summit through #inspirierende conversations and the great #Austausch with others #Startups and #Investoren.
Shout out to all other nominees: tl;dv, CUREosity GmbH, Deutschfuchs, KNOWBODY, Recommendy and VanSite.
Last but not least: Many thanks to Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and the team from the PIRATE Summit for hosting the event.
PIRATE Summit 2022 is over🦜
10 years of ARRR! 🏴☠️ and hangover 🤪
But most importantly, 10 years of deep commitment et efforts to bring this experience to the tech cummunity. Thank you Manuel Koelman 🏴☠️ and your current and past teams and partners.
Having the chance to reconnect with the community and finally physically meet my friends who I have missed since 2019 was incredible.
I met also so many people who were coming for the first time and where were enthused by this unique event which is so unique.
This is the place where people really discuss all the topics, where listening, humour and empathy prevail. Where it feels more like a festival than an entrepreneurial event and yet where the exchanges are very professional, where you can meet your future investors and clients and even friends.
I’m curious to see what will come out of these meetings in a few months. In any case, for me, it is the desire to continue to build and develop this incredible community of passionate and exciting people so that we can meet again in 2023.
Many, many thanks and ARRR! 🏴☠️
We are now at PIRATE Summit and once again we think that it is one epic event!