The Experience


PIRATE Summit is Europe’s largest invitation-/application-only conference for early-stage startups, investors and corporate executives.

The PIRATE Summit represents true grassroots entrepreneurship: authentic, crazy, and real.

But what exactly is it, that makes PIRATE Summit so special?

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1,000+ handpicked participants from more than 60 countries


For the 7th 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


Our motivation, which is consistent to the vision that shaped the very first PIRATE Summit in 2011, is to always organize conferences that we -as founders- would love to attend ourselves. Therefore, we have established some house rules which, to us, are indispensable a successful conference.

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.

The 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.

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

Tomasz Kopera, Ignico

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, AngelHack

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

Paolo Raineri, Knowage