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10 Years of ARRR

The experience

1,000+ handpicked participants


For the 10th time in a row, PIRATE Summit gathers movers and shakers of the digital sector from all over the world in Cologne (Germany). Every single participant is carefully picked and selected to ensure a perfect crowd to create meaningful connections.

Our house rules

(So Obvious That At Times They Are Forgotten)


#1 First Name

#2 VIP = Everyone

#3 NO BS


#5 ARRR!

The unique location


PIRATE Summit is not a “normal” conference – it is an event you never participated before. And to ensure the extraordinary, it takes place in one of Cologne’s most unique locations: Odonien – a scrapyard turned into an outdoor art gallery. It is the perfect pirate location and offers enough space for robots, fire, networking, and fun.

variety of networking formats


At PIRATE Summit it’s all about meaningful connections.
Through various formats and activities we’ll ensure your personal networking experience. Connecting the most bright people of the startup ecosystem has always been our goal, whether it be through dedicated 1on1 sessions, a speed dating or mentoring sessions for startups.

The Burn – “Ceremony”


After a legendary day full of inspiration, motivation, and networking, you’ll be part of an extraordinary event: the wooden statue, based on an old Cologne Carnival tradition called “Nubbelverbrennung”, will be lit on fire on the first night right before the infamous party. Grab a bottle of rum and rethink your past experiences as entrepreneur while watching the statue burn.