We are hustling like crazy preparing everything for the Pirate Summit. Please read this information carefully, as it tells you everything you need to know.
The Pirate Summit will open its doors at 8.30am. The official opening is at 9.30am. We’ve selected more than 1,000 people and are expecting a diverse group of startup founders, investors and corporates.
The first day will be packed with the Walk-the-Plank pitch competition on Crow’s Nest and some intense sessions on Captain’s Deck. Also you shouldn’t miss the traditional “Pirate Burning”, which sounds the bell for the pirate party on the venue itself.
After a night of partying, fire, dancing, shanties and rum, the gates will open again at 9am for a true hangover breakfast (bacon, sausages, eggs and many more). Sessions will start at 10.30am and end at 6.30pm. We have a vast variety of formats like panels, fishbowls or AMA sessions on three stages. On top of these, we also have interactive formats (networking tables, mentoring or masterclasses) enabling our vision of creating meaningful connections.
Venue (Here’s the venue map.)
We love this place. The Odonien is hard to beat. The address is Hornstraße 85, 50823 Cologne. Note: There are barely free parking slots in this area and the authorities are very strict. We recommend you to arrive by taxi or public transport.
You will receive everything you need at the registration counter on site. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket with you (paper or digitally scannable). We line-up by firstname to ensure a smooth entrance for everyone.
Cloakroom & luggage
We have a cloakroom at the event, but the capacity of every ship is finite. So if it is somehow possible for you, please leave your luggage at your hotel.
Houserules & dresscode
The best clubs have the best bouncers and we have houserules, too. Everyone of you is approved to be a Pirate. This includes great responsibility, too. Stay true to it, because that’s the main part of shaping the unique Pirate Summit atmosphere.
Odonien is an outdoor-venue and the weather conditions matter. Feel free to wear whatever you like – except a suit. Please leave your fancy clothes at home. We’d like you to dress as piraty as possible instead. And remember: nights in Germany can be chilly for some of you.
To plan your personal Pirate Summit experience, have a look at our agenda. Last minute changes that might occur can be seen in Bizzabo – and only there.
We encourage you to use our official event app Bizzabo. Benefit from it by setting up meetings with fellow Pirates and being up to date on the agenda. Please note that announcements and program changes during the event will only (!) be done via Bizzabo.
Food & drinks
During the Pirate Summit food and drinks are free. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available on both days. Still, we ask you to act responsible and sustainable.
Pirate Summit Pre-Events (Sept. 5th)
There are three pre-events. All of them are highly recommended by us. (Note: Although some of the event description are in German, the events themselves will be in English).
- StartUp Grind Cologne (feat. Alessio Avellan Borgmeyer from Jodel)
- Traction & Growth #7 – The Pirate Summit Metrics Edition
- TortugaBay Pirate Summit Firestarter
We have set up a startup booth area on Day 1 (Engine Room & Quarterdeck) where you can exclusively meet 30+ awesome startups. They do really cool stuff (raging from VR to fintech).
Praise Poseidon: there will be wifi-access at the venue.
Workspace & sockets
In case you need to check your mails or work on important stuff, we offer a few workspaces and enough sockets. Our friends from Ampero will make sure that your phone battery never dies and provide mobile chargers.
All this wouldn’t have been possible without our great partners, friends and volunteers. You are ARRR!