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Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer is a champion entrepreneur, investor, advisor and industry commentator. She has accumulated a wealth of experience over more than two decades spent working in investment, advisory and helping start-up businesses and industry standards to emerge and establish themselves. She is a prolific corporate and keynote speaker whose speeches truly inspire and inform.


About Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer has been an active driver of many continent-wide initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy. With the firm belief that ‘Individual Capitalism’ is the force of the 21st century, Julie believes that people’s individual ingenuity can solve the world’s problems on both micro and macro levels and is the ultimate key to unlocking prosperity.


Julie Meyer is a world-famous speaker with a wealth of global audiences who have been inspired to innovate, transform, and engage with technological evolution after listening to her empowering story and passionate lessons about investing, technology, leadership, economics, and the digital age.  Julie is 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 that 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 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 (one of INSEAD’s Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, one of ‘TIME’ Magazine’s Digital 50, WIRED’s 100, London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard) 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.  Julie’s book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012.

Speech Topics

· Follow the Entrepreneur – How Individual Capitalism Seduced the Globe
· The Innovator’s Dilemma – Why Difficult Times Make for Better Businesses
· Entrepreneur Country – a History of the First 10 Years of Commercial Development of the Internet
· What’s a Nice Chick Like You Doing in Business Women and Leadership
· Redefining the Financing of Entrepreneurship – What Venture Capital Needs to Do

Specialist subjects
• The Digital Transformation of Corporates
• Entrepreneurship
• Individual Capitalism
• Technology and Innovation
• Leadership
• Women in Business
• Investment/Funding
• Venture Capital

Booking Information


"Julie’s book [Welcome to Entrepreneur Country] has changed so much of the way I think about things...thank YOU.....your citation 'think big, start small, act fast' on the back of your book is what I've realised defines the 30% Club journey - I didn't appreciate that at the time, but now it all makes sense that's how things have 'happened' with that project, way exceeding other ventures I've been involved with."

Helena Morrisey – CEO, Newton Asset Management

"You have the power to transform."

Christina Domecq – CEO, SpinVox

"For too long, we British have been a bit sniffy about entrepreneurialism, regarding individual capitalism as something rather vulgar. Well, personal enterprise and innovation among small companies is the only dynamic that will propel us into a prosperous future. Whether at First Tuesday, Ariadne Capital or through Entrepreneur Country, Julie Meyer has long been a charismatic champion of entrepreneurialism in Britain. She’s shown us the way through her own endeavours and by broadcasting the achievements of others. Julie knows - Britain’s got entrepreneurial talent. She’s a superstar."

Matthew Rock - Co-founder & Communications Director, Caspian Publishing

"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."

Steven Smith - Digital Industry Director, Liverpool Vision

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