Entrepreneurs are pirates – heading out onto the high seas of business with a swashbuckling attitude, facing high risk but also potentially huge rewards. That’s the ethos behind The European Pirate Summit, taking place in Cologne, Germany, next month.

The one-day event will celebrate true technological innovation, creativity, risk disposition and delight of entrepreneurship, leaving aside MBA-bearing copycats. Indeed, before you can even buy a ticket you need to apply, allowing a panel of eight judges to decide whether you’re enough of a ‘pirate’.

Speakers throughout the day include influential European VCs like Jan Henric Buettner of BV Capital; Stefan Glaenzer of Passion Capital and Lars Hinrichs, founder of Xing and HackFwd. Workshops, panels and keynotes will cover everything from coding, design and usability, to business development and funding.

The Next Web will be in attendance at the European Pirate Summit, reporting from the event. If you’d like to be there too, the organisers have arranged a special ticket price of €55 (for founders of a company under one year old) or €85 for founders of companies older than a year – that’s a significant saving over the standard ticket price. You’ll still need to apply (so that the judges can make sure that you’re ‘pirate’ enough). Just make sure that you select ‘TheNextWeb’ in the “Recommended by” field on the application form.

The European Pirate Summit takes place on 20 September 2011 at Odonien, Hornstraße 85, 50823, Cologne, Germany. So, are you pirate enough? If so, we’ll see you there!