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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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Registration & Welcome

Registration & Welcome

Registration

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The Ecosystem

The Ecosystem

Vince Meens

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Team Building
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Entrepreneurship 101
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A Pirate's Journey

A Pirate's Journey

Jonathan Knegtel 

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Team Management
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Elevator Pitching Carousel
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Pitching and Team Formation

Pitching and Team Formation

Frank Schaap

Christoph Sollich

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Drink Entrepreneurs

Drink Entrepreneurs

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Customer Development / Lean Startup
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Entrepreneur Talk

Yanick Dols

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Trip to Chemelot

Trip to Chemelot

Learning about Materials and Life Science at Chemelot

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Investment 101 and Pitch Readiness

Investment 101 and Pitch Readiness

Casper Bruens

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GUESTS

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Yanick Dols

Mentor

After graduating Industrial Engineering and Management Yanick started the company Head-Starters. Head-Starters helps companies in the tech-industry find their talent and helps these companies with talent development. Head-Starters won The Starter of the Months Award at ING Bank for its innovative concept. 

Yanick is also proud member of the local Zuid-Limburg Chamber of Junior Chamber International (JCI). Where he organizes projects to make local impact, for instance to fight Youth Unemployment.
 
Yanick is really passionate about technology and especially about disruptive technology. Yanick likes to be surrounded by entrepreneurial minded people and that is why he joined the Start-up Pirates Team. 

Yanick Dols

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Vidar Andersen

Speaker

I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen and I don’t talk about myself in the third person. 

More? See http://vidarandersen.com

I’m a Norwegian entrepreneur and Internet-based software veteran having created industry firsts for F500 enterprises and GOs, currently living in Cologne, Germany.

My work has been featured & recognized by The New York Times, Business Insider, CNN, BBC, TechCrunch, Forbes, Netzwertig, TechCocktail, DViCE, ZDF, European Pirate Summit, LeWeb Paris, London Web Summit, TechCocktail SxSW, Startup Weekend, Up Global, NEXT, BiTS Iserlohn, University of Cologne, Rheinische University of Applied Science Cologne, The State of NRW, Knowmads Business University Amsterdam, University of Deusto, Karlshochschule International University, Northern Institute of Technology Management & more.

I found tech startups to solve problems, consult F100 enterprises on Corporate Entrepreneurship, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to students, keynote entrepreneurial events and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem, invest in & help early stage startups raise venture capital funding.

In 2014 I was invited to SxSW as an official startup ambassador to NRW and Germany. 

2013 leading EU tech blog 'The Rude Baguette', named me one of the top 5 must-know people in Germany and I was invited receive the Lean Launchpad Instructor certification by Steve Blank & speak about the Cologne startup community at Stanford.

In 2012 I was awarded a GEAP scholarship at Deusto Business School, Bilbao and won at Nordic Startup Awards.

In 2011 I founded 'Gauss - The People Magnet' because we all should have the chance to be well-connected.

In 2001 co-founded the popular open source and enterprise content management system Plone together with Alan Runyan and Alexander Limi, used by NASA JPL, The CIA, The FBI, Lufthansa, eBay, Deutsche Telekom, The Government of Brazil, College University London, Yale University, Oxfam, and many more.

In 1997 I founded my first company, blacktar.com.

Vidar Andersen

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Dennis Ohlen

Judge

‎Investment Manager at NV Industriebank LIOF

Dennis Ohlen

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Leon Klinkers

Judge

Léon Klinkers is a serial entrepreneur, startup coach, investor and currently CEO of Naboo. Headquartered in Heerlen, the Netherlands. Naboo is engaged in publishing and software development and is advising numerous technology startups on how to bring their innovative products to an international market.

Naboo is best known for its iVigilo apps, which are the #1 audio and video surveillance apps for the Apple mobile and computing platforms. In 2012 Naboo has started the development of Urban Gestures, which is a natural gestures based software platform combining gaming, social media, user metrics and cloud storage.

Leon Klinkers

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Hugo Delissen

Speaker

After 15 years working at Philips I have started 4 new companies in 9 years. The companies are all in the field of innovative chemistry and materials. Since august 2013 I work as a business development manager for Brightlands Chemelot Campus. In first instance I was responsible for attracting new companies in the field of enabling technologies and services. Since the beginning of 2015 I am responsible for building the world ‘s best location for startups in the field of Chemistry and Materials on Brightlands Chemelot Campus. In order to attract and develop new startup companies we have started “Startupbootcamp Smart materials” www.startupbootcamp.org per January 6th 2015.

Hugo Delissen

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Vince Meens

Mentor

Investor and Director of YAT Taxi.
Serial entrepreneur for almost 15 years now, as well as an investor in startups.
Specifically passionate about internet/tech startups, from marketplaces to cryptocurrencies.
He founded many startups, some lead to misses with great lessons, others to hits that were successfully sold.
Experienced in pitching, raising large amounts of capital, working with Angels/VCs, software architecture, product and business development.
Currently Director of, and investor in, YAT Taxi, a global online taxi broker. Which is active in 50 countries, with major partnerships with AirFrance/KLM, Vodafone, TrenItalia and many others.

Vince Meens

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Marcel Driessen

Judge

Angel Investor

Marcel Driessen

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Jens Ruers

Judge

Angel Investor

Jens Ruers

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Gregor Noltes

Speaker

Gregor Noltes (1986) is the founder of Outliers, an innovation agency that helps organizations find a better product-market fit. Previously, Gregor founded Rockstart Answers, a peer-to-peer startup mentoring platform which is active throughout Europe. A community builder pur sang, Gregor has launched several network initiatives (Founders Only, Amsterdam Startup Drinks, Nieuwe Meesters) aimed at stimulating knowledge-sharing amongst entrepreneurs and young professionals.

Gregor Noltes

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Christoph Sollich

Speaker

Christoph Sollich aka “The Pitch Doctor” is a freelance startup and innovation consultant specializing in business model generation + validation, lean startup, marketing and – obviously – pitching.

In his spare time, Christoph is founder and CEO (Chief Equine Officer) of RydeMyPony.com (“Collaboratively Consuming Ponies Together”), the soon-to-be-IPOed startup mega-success from Berlin (in funding talks with Ashton Kutcher).

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Su-Mia Akin

Mentor

Su-Mia is our Sustainable and Ecological Entrepreneurship mentor, with extensive research on climate change. She is now completing her PhD while teaching at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Su-Mia Akin

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Carla Costa

Mentor

With an impressive background in both academic excellence and entrepreneurial practice, Carla is looking forward to help the teams through critical points of their development.

Having organized the second ever Startup Pirates, she is definitely a great Captain to follow! 

 

Carla Costa

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Maarten van Sisseren

Mentor

As a Chemist Maarten is maybe not your typical entrepreneur, but in his field he got critical eye for the quality of products.

During Maarten’s spare time he is a board member of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society, where he likes to see all the new ideas people develop.

During the Startup Pirates he hopes to help and inspire the pirates!

Maarten van Sisseren

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Jana Thiel

Mentor

With a background in engineering and management, Jana advices, teaches and researches the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology. She looks forward to guiding the teams on both startegical and well as technological feasibility.

Jana Thiel

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Albert Falck

Mentor

I'm the one who likes to embrace changes and discovering new opportunities. Jumping in to complex challenges and figuring out how to get things moving, are giving me a lot of energy. Setting clear goals and focusing on what really matters makes me successful in reaching targets. Finding creative solutions, open and honest communication and connecting people in their strengths are for me important ways to get there.

I love to work with people, care about their personal interests and do understand they are the most valuable asset of a company. Making sure they are engaged, reliable and feel happy in their work are important parameters for me to operate as a successful team.

Albert Falck

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Wout Laban

Mentor

Passionate about creating new opportunities in education and learning in general. Currently growing the EdTech startup Gibbon to a global scale. Always keeping an eye out to share knowledge and create value with people and communities around the world.

Next to my work at Gibbon I organise Startup Weekend Amsterdam and I facilitate at different Startup Weekend events throughout Europe.

Wout Laban

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Frank Schaap

Judge

Chemelot Campus
Director Business Development & Acquisition

Frank Schaap

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Daniela Monteiro

Mentor

Fond of creativity and innovation, fostering an entrepreneurial attitude. Amazed by the potential of bringing people together.
Co-founder at Startup Pirates

Daniela Monteiro

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Anique Soetermeer-Gabriels

Mentor

Managing Director Startupbootcamp Smart Materials Program

Anique Soetermeer-Gabriels

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Jos Scheepers

Mentor

I am Jos Scheepers, the owner of MaukCustomCreations.
MaukCC develops and sells the Cartesio 3D machine. Cartesio is mainly used for 3D printing, but can do a lot more.
I started the company 6 years ago to design crazy computer cabinets, but switched completely to 3D printing 5 years ago.
I am a techy with an entrepreneurial touch. 

Jos Scheepers

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PRIZES

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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Ana Mihail

Ana is the initiator of the Startup Pirates branch in Maastricht, having already organized 3 events. She constantly promotes entrepreneurship in the area and is looking forward to the next event in 2016!

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Bart Westheim

Currently studying commercial economics, Bart is interested in marketing and communications strategies and looks forward to working with the Startup PIrates team to help spread the news about the upcoming edition! An entrepreneur himself, he plans to advance in his Marketing and Communications knowledge and use it to also launch his own startup.

 

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Jennifer Ziegner

Marketing and Promotions - our super media pirate!

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Nitzan Merguei Alon

Chief Partnerships Officer - our reachout pirate - Nitzan is in charge of finding great organisations that we can partner with to make the event a great success!

Nitzan Merguei Alon

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Sebastien Toupy

Chief Happiness Officer - Sebastien is in charge of brightening up our program and our day! 

Sebastien Toupy

SPONSORS

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What is Brightlands?

At Brightlands we live to find solutions to the great global challenges in materials, health and nutrition. Leading international researchers, entrepreneurs, and students work together on healthy and sustainable solutions. Collaboration and cooperation that crosses scientific, geographical, and organizational boundaries.

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LIOF Industrialbank 

NV Industriebank LIOF was established in 1975 as the regional development and investment company covering the Dutch province of Limburg. As independent authority we focus on the development of the regional economy and promotion of its business climate. Shareholders are the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Provincial Government, the Chamber of Commerce and several municipalities in Limburg. LIOF is headquartered in Maastricht and has a branch office in Venlo.

PARTNERS

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The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship

As the main organizing partner, the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship serves students throughout the university by providing opportunities to learn, by providing start-up support, and by helping young ventures to grow. We offer entrepreneurship education across the university to students at bachelor, master and post-graduate level. We provide inspirational events that allow students to network with international entrepreneurs. We help students to prepare and launch high impact ventures.

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Foundes Club is Maastricht's home for young aspiring entrepreneurs. 

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Young KNCV was established in 2006 as part of the KNCV. The Young KNCV Board represents the interests of young members within the KNCV. Young KNCV organizes for its target group activities throughout the country, such as visits, workshops and lectures.

KNCV is the Royal Dutch Chemical Society, a professional association for chemistry, life sciences, process technology and (bio) molecular science.

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Woman Invest is a network of knowledgeable women investors who are on a mission to decrease the gender gap in the investment industry. 

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3D printing is over claims it is going to cause a 3rd industrial revolution. 3D printing, also called Additive Manufacturing, will bring about a huge change in the way products are designed and made the day today. Lay3rs therefore also strongly believes that the 3D printer will be granted within five years in our daily lives. By offering quality products, training and services in our 3D Printing Experience store in the Brabant Eindhoven lay3rs makes sure that you will be properly supervised when buying a 3D printing capability. 

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A Pirate's story: Raju about his journey to become 2014's pitch competition winner

Last year, a remarkable Pirate sailed to Maastricht all the way from Bremen, Germany, to join our journey. The moment he got aboard for Startup Pirates Maastricht 2014, Raju never would have imagined to become the winner of the final pitch competition.

Here is Raju's story:

"I am happy for having randomly stumbled upon Startup Pirates' webpage; I am happy I pushed myself into joining the program to learn more on entrepreneurship. Startup Pirates was the reason I ever reached Maastricht- a city so beautiful and so full of inspiring students who share an enthusiasm to create an impact in the world we live in. I simply had so much to take in from this week long entrepreneurial experience. The workshops were beneficial to better evaluate the idea and feasibility of the start up in mind. The mentors were enthusiastic and allowed me to rethink the idea from diverse perspectives, and also helped me hone my presentation skills for the final pitch at Chemelot. The participants in the event were all awesome in their own ways and the whole week was filled with hard work and constructive criticisms. Pascal Kwee, who also hosted me during the event, volunteered to join me for the whole week and contributed his perspectives. The whole ecosystem of entrepreneurs and mentors was well balanced by the energy we all contributed. In short, we were all inspiring and impacting each other at personal as well as professional level.

With an aggregate of all the knowledge I gained at this event, I was able to come up with an honest and a simple pitch on the potential use of a specific fungi for pest control and I won the pitch and became a “Startup Pirate”. It is a feeling that still gives me a chill and inspires me; I still could not believe it even hours after I had won but during that moment, I could feel an evolution going on inside my system that made me even more confident. Experiences like these have really helped shape who I am today.

In my opinion, nothing can buy an experience like Startup Pirates. Startup Pirates really helped me realise my inner potentials and gave me stronger feeling that everyone of us can have an impact in the intricate meshwork of community we live in. We are here to inspire each other and to learn from each other. Join Startup Pirates and get one step closer to discovering your potentials."

 - Raju Gurung

Raju finished his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Neuroscience at Jacobs University Bremen and is now on the quest for the next adventure. Want to know more? You can get in touch with Raju on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Have you already joined the crew for the 2015 edition of Startup Pirates Maastricht from 24th to 31st of January? The application deadline is getting closer - only 13 days to go! Apply now!

 

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Getting a Feeling for the Life as a Pirate - Review of our Info Session

“Today isn’t just another day. Today, I will create something beautiful”.

For all the aspiring Pirates who were sailing through remote seas last night and could not make it to our info session – here come’s a short wrap-up!

Startup Pirates… What was that about?

A lot of fun but a lot of hard work too!

Support of amazing mentors from places like Berlin, Amsterdam and the UK!

It’s all about people! People from different cultures. People with different ideas. Work in groups, increase your network!

Teambuilding counts, workshops make your team count!

9 to 5 is standard. We are Pirates! Let’s try 9 to 9!

Everbody wants them. We have them. Investors!

Never-ever-ever boredom!

 

What do experienced Pirates and Captains say about their journey through Startup Ocean? Nick started ENLITE during Startup Pirates - a tutoring business for “learning in teams efficiently”.

Here is Nick’s testimonial:

"Startup Pirates was a great experience, we learnt so much! After joining the program, I knew what I wanted to do! I was hooked on the whole idea of entrepreneurship. I got so many new skills and with our idea, we won the pitch competition - so we must have really convinced the judges. But it’s not just about the idea, but the people that you get to know and the networks that you build. Two of the participants are now my best friends. I work with them on a new project called Love Foundation, which is becoming really big. Looking back, I can say that Startup Pirates was one of the best weeks of my life, though this sounds a bit cheesy. I can just recommend everybody to join!"

Yanick already was a mentor in last year’s edition of Startup Pirates, and we are more than happy that he will join us again! What are his reasons to spend a whole week with a crazy and wild pack of 30 rebels?

Yanick loves to meet people who are entrepreneurial-minded like himself, who always want to learn more. Owning a successful recruitment company himself, he enjoys to help teams in the development of their business models. And he loves Pirates! His concluding advice: “So come and join the boat!”

But we were not only there to talk. To give everyone an idea of how dynamics on the boat create amazing results in the shortest time, each aspiring Pirate had the chance to develop ideas, pitch them to their crew, vote and develop them further in teams!

“I got so valuable feedback – I first hesitated to come here, but now I am so glad I did and shared my idea!”.

There is only one more thing left to say: See you in January!

 

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Pirates joining from across the Seven Seas!

We are recruiting Pirates from all the Seven Seas!

Do you remember our holy honorable Pirate Code? “A Pirate does not find limits neither in the sky, nor in the sea” and “meets people in every docking station”!

One of our applicants has already proven to have a lot of what it takes to be a Pirate! We are super-excited to have our first crew member joining from MEXICO! He will embark on a flying ship and cross the ocean to spend this game-changing week with us. He develops and implements technologies that help to solve a lot of challenges through safety devices based on magnetic technology.

Just like last year, Startup Pirates Maastricht will not only come to life through the diversity of backgrounds of our crew - we unite various nations and form teams that cross the borders of what they thought to be possible!

Follow us for more exciting news and APPLY before Dec 20th to join the ride!

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