Over the past five years, Pirate Summit grew to one of the most important startup events both in Germany and Europe. With our Pirates on Shore tour through nearly every capital in Europe and the Middle East, we always tried to get the best upcoming international startups for the Pirate Summit AND also meeting great people plus learning from and about other ecosystems.
The success of the tour was in great parts influenced by the growth of a team – of pirates, startup-enthusiasts and a lot of helpful people – we now call “The Pirate Ambassadors“. Without these people, the startup ecosystems would be a place of TAKE instead of GIVE. Thank you! In the next months we’ll weekly introduce one of them, so stay tuned for some great insights & personalities! And if you want to, you can meet most of our ambassadors at this years Pirate Summit.
Don is part of Netherlands startup-scene. He is co-founder and managing director at Rockstart Accelerator since 2011. We also asked him some questions about his opinion of the local startup scene and these were his answers:
What is the local USP of your city/local ecosystem?
Don: International tech hub where companies can access talent and conditions to create a global company from day one.
Where do you see the biggest challenges for your local ecosystem in the upcoming 2-3 years?
Don: Attract and retain top international technical & entrepreneurial talent,
including ambitious founders which will create global companies
Create more global successes and show that Booking.com was not an outlier
Educate potential angels and early stage investors on how startups work and
how to fund them
What are the local go to events / most helpful significant events in your city?
Hackers & Founders
TNW Conference Europe
Startup Weekend Amsterdam
UPRISE Startup Festival
Growth Hacking Meetups
Do you have a local hashtag?