Julie founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK – “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs”. She created the founding Investor Partnership of 59 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne’s core shareholders.
She has led or co-led the investments and/or advisory mandates with BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa.
She has been named one of INSEAD’s Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED’s 100, one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People (Evening Standard) and one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe.
Julie is also one of the BBC’s Online Dragons in the award-winning Dragon’s Den Online, and is also currently setting up a “Dads and Daughters” foundation to support and extend her thesis that women’s identities are shaped – for good or bad – by the messages they receive from their father’s as children and young adults.
Julie has published a book, Welcome to Entrepreneur Country (read about it here), and has launched a new $8.5m fund to invest in new digital startups creating the wave of global digital transformation
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