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Pirate Summit or ‘When pirates take over Cologne’

It’s been two crazy days! Around 1,200 people from all over Europe followed the call of the pirates to a colourful and rusty scrapyard venue, Odonien, in Cologne. What happened there can only be fully understood by those who witnessed it. One thing is clear: The fourth Pirate Summit as well as the new event format, Pirate Camp, have proven (again) to be one of Europe’s hottest tech events.

On Wednesday, Pirate Summit kicked off with sunshine and great expectations. In addition to startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs, a number of investors, freelancers, hackers and students joined this exciting event. Together with the Founder Centric team from London, Till Ohrmann and Manuel Koelman organised a day full of insights, discussions, innovative session formats and activities, such as upcycling and graffiti, to keep the energy and creativity flowing. The second day of Pirate Summit on Thursday lived up to the first day; international startups, more than 120 investors and speakers such as Klaas Kersting (flaregames), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch) and Evan Nisselson (LDV Capital) came to meet, talk and connect.

Pirate Summit’s co-founder Till Ohrmann gave an overview: “Honestly, I don’t know where to start… I am exhausted but beyond happy! We’ve been working on the Pirate Week for months, have created new ideas and got new people on board. The core of what has started as Pirate Summit four years ago is still here, though. We offer a place to meet like-minded and helpful people and most importantly to make new friends. I know this sounds cheesy but the pirates have become a big, crazy family and this family keeps growing bigger.”

Today Exec I/O, an event series started by the pirates in 2013, will be the third and last happening of Pirate Week (Update – May 2023: The website seems to be out of use, and we therefore deactivated the original link). Focusing on the topic “mobile”, founders and executives from hand-selected startups, active investment managers as well as experienced corporate executives will discuss current trends in terms of mobile innovation, strategy, technology and design. As always, networking and meeting the right minds is essential for the series.

Speaking of events, do you have your ticket yet for the upcoming EU-Startups Summit?

Marko Srsan
Marko Srsan
founder @TimePrepCFA, blogger interested in startups and VC along with social media and project management, a drummer and a passionate FC Bayern Munchen fan :)
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