Founder and Chief Executive, Ariadne Capital (2000-present)
Founder, First Tuesday and Entrepreneur Country
"Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe" (Wall Street Journal, Europe)
“We are most grateful for to you for sparing your time to participate in the conference and for giving such an interesting and thought provoking address.” Mark Gough – Head of Editorial, Financial Times
Julie Meyer MBE a leading investor and entrepreneur in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses. She has driven many initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy and trusts people’s ingenuity to both solve the world’s problems and to expand prosperity through corporate digital transformation. To that end, in 1998 Julie founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs which many credit for igniting the internet generation in Europe.
First Tuesday was sold in July 2000 for $50 million in cash and shares after which Julie founded Ariadne Capital to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK: that of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs”. Bringing together 62 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who became core shareholders, Julie also started an Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund and promoted, worldwide, the model of ‘Ecosystem Economics’. Julie is a world expert in advising large corporates, family businesses and high net worth investors on how to engage and interact with the vast, global, entrepreneurial networks she helped to amass.
In its first 13 years, Ariadne Capital has backed at least 7 explosive growth companies, including Skype, Monitise, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, SpinVox, Zopa, and SoundOut. Julie was personally involved with the development of these companies and uses her experience in this evolving market to enthuse, encourage, caution and engage the entrepreneurs and leading businessmen of today. On the basis of this outstanding track record, Julie has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the British Government for Services to Entrepreneurship.
Moreover, Julie is one of the world’s leading businesswomen. She has been named: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, one of TIME Magazine’s Digital 50, WIRED’s 100, and in the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe in the Wall Street Journal, Europe. She speaks worldwide on the nature of leadership in the Feminine Age and is on the board of Directors at Vestergaard Frandsen, INSEAD (her business school) and Medikidz, which educates children about health problems through child-friendly media.
A well-known champion for entrepreneurship, Julie has added a flourishing media career to her business commitments. Julie’s first book, “Welcome to Entrepreneur Country” (2012), won several awards, and received positive reviews. She has a regular column in Forbes, and has a blog on the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Julie is also a regular industry commentator on the BBC and CNBC and a panel member on BBC’s Online Dragon’s Den.
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