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Agenda Overview 2023

This is what’s happening at PIRATE Summit this year! 




Founders Retreat

Exhibition Day

The first day of this year’s PIRATE Summit is less about content and more about connections!

Startups from all over Europe present themselves in a Bazar-like atmosphere. It’s the best time to stroll around, network, see the most interesting new ideas and make new friends.

Want to exhibit yourself? Find out more here!

Lumoview exhibiting their invention at Pirate Summit 22


With the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW award, the state of NRW is celebrating its digital startup scene.

At PIRATE Summit, the finalists will pitch to the jury and audience and compete for a total of 50,000 euros in prize money.

Conference Day

The second day of this year’s PIRATE SUMMIT will be more of what you know and love about the Summit.

A day full of interactive Workshops, valuable input, exiting Speakers and insightful stories.

We’ll announce the first Speakers very soon! Meanwhile, you can apply to speak yourself here: Become a speaker!

Also read up about this year’s Theme: #BURNTORELEARN

Speaker at a Campfire Session at Pirate Summit

WalK THE PLank

Our own pitch competition is back as well! 
The plank is waiting for brave pirates to compete for honor and the favor of the sea and a yet secret price! 

Apply here to WALK THE PLANK!


After an exciting day full of inspiration, learning, and networking, you’ll be part of an extraordinary ritual:An 8-meter tall wooden sculpture – based on an old Cologne Carnival tradition called “Nubbelverbrennung” – will be lit on fire for one last time. 

Grab a bottle of rum, rethink this last decade, and celebrate with us of all the moments, the friendships, and the magic that we’ve shared.

May this Last Burn inspire and energize you for everything yet to come!




Right after Pirate Summit, The Pirate Circle Founders Retreat will be an exclusive Event.
We want to get deeper into the topics that are worrying founders and provide a space to talk and exchange.

Details will come soon! Please note, that the Pirate Circle Founders Retreat, is not part of the regular Pirate Summit.

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” it was truly incredible to see so many women on stage, competition was exciting. It was also one of the funnest events I have ever participated in, really unconventional and easy going as most should be. “

Karolina Attspodian


A big ARRR to those that make PIRATE Summit possible