All Pirates aboard! European Pirate Summit is coming up next! AAARRR

Founders and funders with a sense of startup adventure (true Pirates, as defined by Michael Arrington) will gather on 10th and 11th September in very “piratesque” location in Cologne for an unconventional tech and entrepreneurship event.

Here are 3 reasons why you should come aboard, if you are not already planning to:

1) The crowd is carefully pre-selected. People can’t just buy a ticket, but they have to submit an application for review. This assures a high quality of participants and you can expect to meet there only real pirate entrepreneurs, investors and tech and entrepreneurship journalists.

2) You will be inspired by innovative and disruptive business models, you have plenty of investors around you can pitch to, but most importantly: you will be among like-minded people in a casual and adventurous atmosphere. The program is filled with lots of useful learning, there are also some interesting satellite events, and the list of speakers is impressive. “Last year it was mainly the venue and the atmosphere that helped us become one of the best tech events from the scratch. This time it’s two days, 500 participants, even crazier and it will be more hands-on, so people will also learn a lot.” says Waldemar Hein, PR @PirateSummit

Here is a sneak peak from last year, so prepare for an even better edition promised for this year:

3) Because you read this blog post, you get some special benefits. Mention in “your message” the name of this blog (“adelinapeltea”) and if you submit your application before 1st Sept you get 10% discount, or if you submit it after 1st Sept you will still benefit of the “normal” conditions from before (the early bird ticket price).

And if you are curious how does it feel to be a “captain” of this event, note that they seem to have a great experience with the preparations “It is simply amazing. We got to know people we never thought to be possible, all the thinkers and doers of the European startups scene and beyond. They are very helpful people, so it’s good to know them.” (Waldemar Hein, PR @PirateSummit) From October they are preparing to launch a new format “Piratize me” to spread the concept in more places. So keep an eye on them if you want to grasp the opportunity.

And if maybe you are also curious about why Cologne for such an international startup event, you might think about the potential of the area from two perspectives: one is talent (as many universities can be found around), and two is good geographical position (really close from Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and London).

So…see you there?