On a mission since 2011

PIRATE Summit started in 2011 as a true grassroots entrepreneurship conference with the focus on connecting startup founders. Whilst the event has grown significantly two things remain at its heart: #MeaningfulConnections and #PurposefulDisruption.

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.

It will be ARRR!

3 days of ARRR

more on the 3 days of PIRATE Summit 2019 following soon


Day 1 – July 3rd

Are you currently helping a local startup ecosystem grow? Are you organizing startup events and growing a community? Then you should apply to attend our Movers & Shakers Summit to benefit from meeting other key players from startup ecosystems to learn and connect. 

At 6pm we’ll officially open PIRATE Summit 2018. And we are going to do so with a huge PIRATE BBQ, drinks and plenty of opportunities to connect with all participants on the first evening.

Day 2 – July 4th

One full day of PIRATE Summit 2018 followed by the burn and the crazy party. Everything will happen in Odonien.

Day 3 – July 5th

We’ll start the day off with a huge hangover breakfast for all participants – in Odonien. Trust us, you’ll need that one 😉

Afterwards we’ll organize several topic journeys through the Cologne startup ecosystem. The topics aren’t fixed yet, but expect things like AI, Blockchain etc. The idea is to connect, learn and work in small groups of like-minded people.

Last year’s Speakers & Experts

Partners in 2018

“It was a conference like no other on this planet! Great networking, quality workshops, chilled atmosphere and, most of all, truly amazing venue! “


“Give, give, give ask.
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.”

Laura Pfromm, Wayra 

Can’t remember the last time I was given so many valuable advice/life lessons and started putting in place the roots of lots of future initiatives!
I thank you all #Pirates for your giving heARRRts! May we see each other again!

Gizelle Ikarezi

Pirate Summit is one of the most powerful Summits for real networking between #innovators, #vendors, #startups… certainly the craziest one. 

Paolo Raineri, Knowage

Get Involved

Get involved as a Partner

As a partner of PIRATE Summit you have the perfect platform to position your brand and company and connect with the leading technology players. We offer a wide variety of attractive partnership opportunities as well as the chance to exhibit at PIRATE Summit.

Get involved as a participant

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.

Call for content

Since PIRATE Summit is a community driven event, we actively creating the agenda together with our participants. With our call for content we’re asking you to tell us who should join PIRATE Summit as an expert to share their perspective.