Julie Meyer MBE

Founder of Ariadne Capital & Dragons Den

A leading champion of entrepreneurship within Europe, Julie Meyer MBE has over 20 years of experience in investment and advisory roles in order to help start-up businesses. The founder of Ariadne Capital, Julie is a fantastic corporate keynote speaker and regularly addresses conferences to establish underlying presentational themes.

With a career that began at Cunningham Communications in Boston, Julie worked as a consultant for Motorola and PowerPC Alliance before working for the Organisation of Economic Co-Operation for Hewlett Packard. Moving to London in 1998, Meyer worked for NewMedia Investors and took on the role of advisor to a number of well established organisations. Along with colleagues and business associates Julie organised network events on the first Tuesday of each month, known as ‘First Tuesday’. So popular was the trend that the idea soon spread to seventeen other cities in Europe.

Julie left NewMedia in a bid to further her career and set up Ariadne Capital, a firm that seeks to use entrepreneurs to help entrepreneurs. Associated with start-up companies such as Skype, Espotting and Beatthatquote.com, Ariadne has now grown into a business empire. Julie’s ability to spot a grassroots creating with the potential to grow allows her to act as a leading authority in investment and corporate leadership, giving her a wonderful reputation as a business management speaker.

Julie has undeniable passion for new business and corporate growth, for which she has received a multitude of awards including the ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe. With a reputation for excellent business acumen and a nous for spotting corporate hidden gems, Julie also works on the online version of BBC’s Dragon’s Den to spot emerging firms and invest in their future.

Meyer’s onscreen professionalism adds to her résumé as an ideal personality and business management speaker, with the ability to improvise and still deliver informative and engaging content in front of an audience.

With a wealth of knowledge concerning the corporate world, Julie is an ideal personality and business speaker to deliver talks at conferences and events. Often presenting intriguing viewpoints on business and investment, Meyer seeks to challenge predisposed conceptions of how business is done and how it should continue on the future.

To book Julie Meyer as the business management speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Julie is known to cover the following topics:

  • Business Management Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Corporate Growth
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Investment & Mentoring

“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 of Newton Asset Management

“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

“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.”
Heather Olhausen Events Manager, Crimson Business