Pirate Summit

At the OUT OF THE BOX.NRW Award it’s up to you to show that you belong amongst the top ten digital startups in NRW to pitch at the final. And the perfect stage for the final pitch and for you as an entrepreneur: The PIRATE Summit 2021! "Europe's Craziest Startup Tech Conference" has been bringing international founders together with top-class investors and group representatives since 2011. The demand for quality is a special trademark of the early-stage conference. Each participant must apply for a ticket and is selected by hand by the staff. Finally, the number of participants is limited to 1,000 - an exclusive circle. In this way, the organizers ensure that the festival character of the PIRATE Summit will be maintained. This is also one reason why the conference takes place in the open-air biergarten and art venue Odonien. The originality, but also the high quality standards of the PIRATE Summit are also reflected in the "house rules", which each participant must confirm:

  1. First name
  2. VIP = everyone
  3. No Bullshit
  4. Give Give Give Ask
  5. ARRR!

The fifth rule is not only a call to emulate the PIRATE ideal, but is also reflected in the applause that is paid after good performances: Only few visitors applaud, most growl an appreciative "ARRR". With this, festival organizers and participants allude to the fact that there are parallels between legendary pirates and digital founders: Both set sail with an unknown outcome and are adventurers in the truest sense of the word. You think that's where you belong? So do we!

More than 300 different investors, 80 top speakers as well as 500 startups from 70 different nations are expected to attend the PIRATE Summit 2021 - and ten finalists of OUT OF THE BOX.NRW, who have to convince the jury and the audience in this environment. You can be one of them! The planning for 2021 is still very fresh in our air-filled sails. Until now we do not know yet to which destination we will sail. ONLY one thing we do know, it will be an exciting voyage like every year. Stay tuned!

You want to know more about the Pirate Summit? Here you go: https://piratesummit.com/