Julie Meyer is a leading investor and entrepreneur in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses around the world. 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 both 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. She 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". The Industry Standard called it ‘the net’s next business model’ when it was founded.
She created the founding Investor Partnership of 62 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne Capital's core shareholders and is the Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund and the Ecosystem Economics Fund which has just been announced of £150 m AUM. Ariadne Capital has backed many explosive growth companies including Skype, Zopa, Monitise and others.
Julie has been awarded an MBE by the British Government for 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, one of the 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 2014. The University of Warwick gave her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2014.
Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012, and won several awards. She has a regular column in Forbes, and has a blog on the LinkedIn Influencer Program.
Julie Meyer’s speech topics include:
- Women in Business
- Technology & Innovation
Thank you so much for your speech and attendance at our Women in Structured Finance event yesterday. I have received so many fantastic comments for the people who attended including 'inspirational', 'uplifting', 'simply brilliant' are just a few.
I found Julie Meyer to be a particularly inspiring speaker and it was a great experience to see someone obviously at the very top levels, yet still being able to find the time to come along and encourage the rest of us at the workshop.
I just wanted to thank you for your time, energy and intellect last night. You pitched perfectly providing inspirational words without ever patronising. We have received many complimentary emails today and that’s down to your significant contribution. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner and enjoyed your company immensely.
We have had fantastic response to your talk – everyone found it fascinating to hear the real people behind the ‘VC’ tag which sends shivers down most people’s backs.
On behalf of Crimson, I wanted to thank you so much for your contribution to the Startups Awards - not only as a judge but as an award presenter on the afternoon. All the winners’ interviews show you what your judging decisions meant to the winners. Quite touching! We were delighted that you could take part and hope you enjoyed the afternoon. Looking forward to hopefully involving you in our events in the future.
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.
I wanted to thank you for your keynote speech today. While the content was both timely and full of relevant material I was struck by what an excellent public speaker you are and how you captured and held the audience’s attention (Including my own). It's not often that a speaker truly causes the audience to think and reflect.
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed your presentation at the IRX in Birmingham this week, I found it very compelling, relevant and a great source of inspiration... Really, Really, Really Good! Thank you