Dates: September 6-7, 2016 | Get tickets here
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Prices: ticket prices start at EUR 350,-
 Cologne, Germany

Pirate Summit 2016: Europe’s craziest startup conference

Meet founders, VCs and business angels at Odonien, a scrapyard in Cologne which, together with the selected participants and speakers, creates the very special atmosphere the Pirate Summit is known for. The aim is to gather 1.200 passengers on the boat, all one by one to be chosen by the Pirate Summit crew, to create an exciting, inspiring and motivating atmosphere!

Don’t miss the boat

Grab this opportunity to meet founders, founders and more founders. Share a bottle of rum with some of our speakers. And snatch those doubloons you are looking for from investors (Pirate Summit 2016 will have approx. 200 investors). See you on board!

Better networking, more fire, more ARRR!

Now in its sixth year, the Pirate Summit is Europe’s biggest invitation-only gathering of early-stage startups and investors. The Pirate Summit represents true grassroots entrepreneurship: authentic, crazy & real.

The mission is to celebrate entrepreneurship. You get to meet experienced as well as upcoming founders, high-profile investors and entrepreneurial rockstars. It’s all about top-class networking and having fun while listening to inspiring talks & panels.

So far more than 50 Pirates On Shore events have been organized in 30+ countries in 2015 alone. The event has been launched in cities such as Teheran, Beirut, Minsk, Tirana, Moscow and Cluj to find the most promising startups from Europe and the Middle East. In 2016 the crew is going to increase the number of events for the POS-tour and bring the Pirate spirit to as many places as possible and at least one startup from each city to the Pirate Summit.

The “Walk the Plank” pitch competition

The selected startups will receive two free tickets to the Pirate Summit for the founding team members & a guaranteed pitching slot at the semi-finals of the “Walk the Plank” pitch competition at the first day of the Pirate Summit. Apply here.

Refer a Speaker!

The crew is looking for the best speakers for the Pirate Summit 2016. And they’re especially keen on finding the hidden gems that have an amazing story to tell and/or have deep insights that very few others have. Apply here.


This year there will be more focus on intense hands-on breakout sessions with experienced session leaders. Furthermore, on the first day, there will be mentor sessions, the Walk the Plank semi-finals and the Burning Man ceremony.
The mentor sessions are an exclusive opportunity for selected VCs and startups to interact with and learn from each other. For the Walk the Plank pitch competition the hottest 80+ startups from around the globe will present their startup in a 3 min pitch followed by a 2 min Q&A.
The second day of Pirate Summit 2016 will focus on high-quality networking, top notch content and the Walk the Plank finals.
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