Europe’s “craziest” annual startup festival PIRATE Summit is coming to an end after more than a decade’s run. The last conference is scheduled to take place on June 27 to 29, 2023, in Cologne, Germany.
Manuel Koelman, CEO of the summit’s organiser PIRATE.global, tells Silicon Canals that the decision to end the event is related to his personal life. Koelman says event organisation is time intensive and reduces opportunities to be with his children.
Koelman initiated PIRATE Summit in 2010 with seven other colleagues. According to Koelman, they started PIRATE Summit because there was no “cool” tech event in the region at that time. But he acknowledged that the startup market is different now from back then.
He says the first summit was memorable, and participants encouraged them to hold future events. But over the years, other founders have dropped out of the programme to focus on their own ventures.