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Carefully crafted for connection, inspiration, and learning.

an Entrepreneur talks to the public at PIRATE Summit startup conference

1,000+ handpicked participants

For the 10th time, PIRATE Summit will gather entrepreneurs, and movers and shakers of the startup ecosystem from all over the world in Cologne (Germany).

Every participant is carefully selected to ensure the right crowd to create meaningful connections.

Our house rules

(so obvious, that at times they are forgotten)

list of house rules of PIRATE Summit startup conference

The unique location

PIRATE Summit is not simply a conference. It’s a fusion of business, design, and art. The atmosphere is open, inspirational, and creative.

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, conversation, networking, and fun.


How to reach us:

Address: Hornstraße 85, 50823 Cologne, Germany

  • If you arrive by plane: from Cologne-Bonn airport take the train to Hansaring train station, then take the bus number 127 to Köln-Nippes (34 min).

  • If you arrive by train: from Cologne Central station take the train to Köln-Nippes train station (11 min).

participants talk and laugh together at PIRATE Summit startup conference


The people coming to PIRATE Summit always rave about its atmosphere. To get it right, we carefully curate the agenda and formats. We strive for interactivity, P2P learning and meaningful exchange.

The burn ceremony

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 on the first night, right before the infamous party.

Grab a bottle of rum, rethink your past year, and let it go up in flames. May you feel inspired and energized for the year ahead.

What about you? Ready to sail with us?

T-shirts with the logo of PIRATE Summit startup conference


Get ready to sail with us!
Choose your favorite PIRATE items now.

participants sing together at PIRATE Summit startup conference

“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.”


What they say about PIRATE Summit


– Frank Thelen


A big ARRR to those that make PIRATE Summit possible