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Julie Meyer

Ariadne Capital


Julie Meyer is one of the leading champions for entrepreneurship in Europe. With over 20 years investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses, she is the well known founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital, Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country, co-founder of First Tuesday, dragon on BBC’s Online Dragons Den and weekly columnist in London’s City AM.
Her awards include one of INSEAD’s Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow and in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe.
Julie founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000. Ariadne backs entrepreneurs in the media (music, broadcast, publishing, advertising, gaming), mobile internet and communications, and internet sectors. Ariadne pioneered the model of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs” in 2000 in Europe as the new model of the financing of entrepreneurship. Fifty-eight leading entrepreneurs have backed Julie and Ariadne Capital as Investor Members in the global partnership.
From 1998 to 1999, Julie was part of the team at NewMedia Investors, which became early stage investment firm Spark Ventures in October 1999. At NewMedia Investors, she managed deals in key internet success stories like and WGSN. In 1998, she founded First Tuesday, the largest global network of entrepreneurs, which many credit for igniting the Internet generation in Europe. It was sold in July 2000.
As a personal project, Julie is also currently setting up an association for dads and daughters.
Julie was asked to be the Spokesperson in early 2010 for the Barclays “Take One Small Step” business campaign as well as the Siemens Enterprise Communications “British Business Boost”. She is on the Advisory Board of NACUE, the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, and will join the INSEAD Board of Directors in 2011.