Frequently asked questions

1. General

  • PIRATE Summit is Europe’s largest application-only conference for early-stage startups, active investors, corporate execs and ecosystem builders (“movers & shakers”). Besides the well-selected mix of approx. 1.000 participants, we feature 60+ pitches, participants from 70+ countries, and more than 50 masterclasses, roundtables & workshops.

    Ultimately, PIRATE Summit’s mission is to create meaningful connections and to celebrate authentic entrepreneurship.

  • This year’s PIRATE Summit will take place in Cologne from June 26th-28th 2019.

  • PIRATE Summit will take place at Odonien in Cologne, Germany. The address is Hornstraße 85, 50823 Köln, Germany. The closest train station is Nippes

  • Early stage startups, investors, a few corporate executives, even fewer service providers and “movers & shakers” of digital ecosystems (by invitation). We are expecting about 1.000 participants for this edition. 

    To ensure the high quality of participants, all attendees need to apply for a ticket. You can get your own here

  • The event’s official language is English and all sessions + activities are in English.

  • You should arrange and organize your travel and accommodation yourself. Here is a list of potential hotels/hostels: Click here.

  • Food and drinks are included with your PIRATE Summit ticket during Day 1, Day 2, and the breakfast at Day 3. All you can eat, all you can drink, all day long.

  • Will be updated soon.

  • The night of the June 27th we have the biggest party starting just after the official program (incl. the burning ceremony). This is in Odonien (where PIRATE Summit takes place) and you don’t need an additional ticket. You just need to get some drinks and enjoy. There is no dress code, just come as you ARRRe.

  • No ties. Whatever you want, but no ties!

  • You want to suggest a session/expert or you want to speak yourself? Follow this LINK. We will contact you in case your application is successful. 

  • If you have over 100 employees or your revenue growth rate is below 10% then probably you are a corporate.

  • Someone whose main activities is to invest in startups. E.g. someone from Google Ventures will be an investor while someone from Google will be a corporate. We also welcome angel investors, accelerators, incubators and similar in this field.

  • Executives from accounting & law-firms, consultancies, recruiting agencies, other agency models, freelancers and other service providers (incl. those who don’t fall under the startup, corporate & investor category).

2. Tickets

  • To ensure the quality of participants that PIRATE Summit is known for, we check every participant’s application before releasing the ticket. Therefore, an application or invitation to register is obligatory. Participation is open for execs from corporations, startup founders, and senior staff as well as active investors (VCs, Accelerators, Business Angels).

  • PIRATE Summit is an application- & invitation-only conference. You can apply to participate here. You will only be billed once we accept your application. 

  • Check the ticket prices here.

  • PIRATE Summit offers convenient credit card payment for all tickets. After applying you will get redirected to our payment gateway to store your credit card details there. We will only charge your credit card when your application gets approved. Declined applications don’t result in a credit card payment.
    If any problems occur, or credit card payment is not available in your country or company, you always have the chance to reach out to us after applying and we’ll find a way for you.

  • Tickets need to have a name but name changes within the same company can be done later. If you have any changes please contact 

  • No. Since the buyer will “consume” our service in Germany, we have to add the tax to the invoice according to the tax legislation in Germany.

  • Please send your full name, nationality, passport number, passport place of issue and expiry dates, as well as the date of birth to, so we can provide you with the invitation letter. Prior to this we have to check if you’re eligible for a ticket.

  • Please bring your ticket in printed form or digital form. We will scan your ticket at the entrance and then give you the badge immediately.

3. Startups