Julie Meyer

United Kingdom

Julie is the Founder & CEO, Ariadne Capital; Founder, Entrepreneur Country; Managing Partner, Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund; She is on the Board of INSEAD and was given one of the top 50 alumni awards Online Dragon, BBC Dragons’ Den; and Co-Founder

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Introduction Julie is a well-known and respected speaker on economic growth, Health Tech, entrepreneurship, investment, leadership, innovation and digital strategy, and she is regularly called upon by the media to offer her insights and knowledge.

Biography Julie Meyer is a leading investor and entrepreneur in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses in Europe. She has driven many continent-wide initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy. Julie believes that ‘Individual Capitalism’ is the force of the 21st century. She trusts people's ingenuity to solve the world's problems at the macro and micro levels and to expand prosperity.

In 1998, Julie founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs, which many credit for igniting the Internet generation in Europe. It was sold in July 2000 for $50 million in cash and shares.

Julie then founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK, that of "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs". She created the founding Investor Partnership of 62 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders and she is the Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund. Ariadne Capital have backed 7 explosive growth companies in their first 12 years: Espotting, Skype, Monitise, SpinVox, Zopa, BeatThatQuote and SoundOut. At Ariadne Capital, she has led investments and/or transactions with Medikidz, Quill, Taggstar, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa.

Julie has received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) from the British Government for her services to entrepreneurship. She has been named one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED's 100, one of London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard), one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe by the Wall Street Journal Europe and one of Brummell Magazine's 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs 2014.

She is on the Board of Directors of Vestergaard Frandsen, a for profit humanitarian development firm, and INSEAD, her former business school, as well as Medikidz, a business which educates children about health problems through child-friendly media.
Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012.

Credentials Founder & CEO, Ariadne Capital
Founder, Entrepreneur Country
Managing Partner, Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund
Online Dragon, BBC Dragons’ Den
Co-Founder, First Tuesday

Awards and Honours
* INSEAD - 50 Alumni who changed the world
* E&Y – Entrepreneur of the Year (October 2000)
* Wall Street Journal - 30 Most Influential Women in Europe
* World Economic Forum – Global Leader of Tomorrow
* Selected to be a member of Vince Cable’s Entrepreneurs’ Forum as part of Global Entrepreneurs’ Week 2010
* Voted one of London's top 1000 Most Influential Londoners by the London Evening Standard – 2010 & 2011
* One of WIRED’s 100 2011

Languages English
Speaking Criteria
Speaking styles Keynote

Speaking categories Entrepreneurship, Finance, Innovation, Leadership, Technology, Women in Business, Venture Capital, Investment / Funding, Corporate innovation, Digital transformation

Industry experience Economy/Finance, Technology

Keywords Entrepreneurship, Individual Capitalism, Technology and Innovation, Leadership, Women in Business, Investment / Funding, Venture Capital, profile as a gifted and inspirational speaker on the finance, Finance, Tech, Female Leadership

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