Keynote Speaker Julie

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Keynote Speaker Julie
Reasons to book this Keynote Speaker
  • One of the leading champions and keynote speakers for entrepreneurship

  • Named in the Wall Street Journal's top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe

  • Online Dragon for top TV show Dragon's Den on BBC

  • Previous clients incl Google, Deutsche Bank, Dell, Financial Times, TEDx.

  • Based in London and available to speak at events worldwide

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Julie is one of the leading champions and keynote speakers for entrepreneurship in Europe. She is the well-known founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, co-founder and Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country and co-founder of First Tuesday. She is at the forefront of the technology revolution, and was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe by the Wall Street Journal, and Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Julie was at the forefront of the dot com boom of the 1990's… working for an internet investment house, she managed deals in key technology companies, including WGSN (now EMAP) and She then founded First Tuesday, a network supporting entrepreneurs, especially in the realm of technology and innovation, which helped ignite Europe's internet generation. Forbes magazine credited her with "bringing the spirit of American venture capitalism to Europe's new breed of Internet startups."

In 2000, Julie sold First Tuesday for $50 million and set up Ariadne Capital - an investment and advisory firm committed to helping the next generation build world-leading companies out of Europe, by which pioneers a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship by entrepreneurs. More recently, Julie founded Entrepreneur Country - a dedicated community for leading and emerging entrepreneurs, investors, the media and corporate partners who service the start-up industry across the UK and Europe.

Julie's has been received many awards and accolades for her work, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Wired's Top 100, Time Magazine's Digital Top 50, and an MBE for her 'services to entrepreneurship'. In a 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State's Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health's Innovation Panel. She is also on the Board of Directors at INSEAD Business School, where she has been named one of '50 Alumni Who Changed the World'.

Her success and flair have also made her a media favourite with the media - she was an Online Dragon for Dragon's Den in 2009 and 2010, and is often called upon as a commentator for CNBC and BBC news. This, is addition to in addition to her regular contributions to Business Week, Computing, FT Digital Business and Spectator Business. Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012. 

Speaker Topics:
As a self-confessed 'evangelist' of entreneurship, she believes entrepreneurs should be seen as engineers for economic growth, and that Individual Capitalism enables the use of people's ingenuity to solve the world's problems at the macro and micro levels and to accelerate the future.

With over 20 years of experience with high growth new technology businesses, Julie is ideally positioned to inspire and advise decision-makers from all internet-orientated companies undergoing significant growth or change.

Julie is an expert speaker on the following subjects:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Individual Capitalism
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Women in Business
  • Investment/Funding
  • Venture Capital

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Google Omnicom Executive Summit, London
Deutsche Bank WEB Conference, Frankfurt
Dell DWEN Conference, Istanbul
Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, London
Women's Leadership Network Conference
EBAN Conference, Vienna
The Edge Conference, Monaco
GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona
Monaco Private Equity & Venture Capital Association event, Monaco
Financial Times Intermediary Forum, London
The Economist: How Tech Will Grow UK Economy, London 
Internet Retailing Insights Conference, Birmingham
Comment Conference: Enterprise, London
NOIA Annual Conference, Canada
Spears Insight Forum, London
Mindtrek, Finland
Legatum Convergence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
TEDx, Brussels
International Festival for Business, London
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
Future of Media Summit, London
Health Start-Up Europe, London

"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 -“inspirational”, “uplifting”, “simply brilliant” are just a few." 
Mia Drennan - Managing Director, SquareMile Connections

"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." 
Mark Gough - Head of Editorial, Financial Times

"I found Julie 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." 
Delegate - Equalitech: Advancing Women in ITEC

"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

"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the TiE President, Charter Members, general members and guests for speaking on Monday evening. 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.  I think most people are quite daunted with the thought of approaching one!"
Jean Drinkwater - The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Manchester

"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 

"It was refreshing to see someone with so much passion and belief in what they do.  Have a great day and don't forget to relax occasionally, stay positive." 
Andrew Britton – Finance Director, W R Evans

"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.  Usually it is a self aggrandizing diatribe or even worse someone preaching and pontificating to their own goals. You talk was refreshing." 
Cam Edgar - Vice President Business Development & Sales, One Power

"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."
John Taylor - Global Brand & European Marketing Director, ThinkSmart

"Julie, you were sensational – I was absolutely riveted by everything you said. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your having given us your time like that."
Julia Hobsbawm - Chief Executive, Editorial Intelligence