Julia Groves

Partner and ESG Lead, Downing LLP

Since co-founding britishairways.com in 1994, Julia has led a series of start ups in the digital and environmental sectors, including Engensa, a leading UK domestic solar installer, and Quiet Revolution, a wind turbine business which designed and built turbines for the Olympic Park.

Following a year at eVentures where she acted as Interim MD for the SoftBank/News Corp B2C portfolio, her interest in early stage disruptive companies also led her to invest a combination of her time and money in a portfolio of sustainable businesses, including Loco2, and most recently Trillion Fund, the UK’s leading social crowdfunding platform where she was Director between 2012 and 2016.

Julia co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2012, and has successfully campaigned to make finance more democratic and accessible to regular investors, under the banner #wealthisnotaskillset. She is a member of Innovate 50 in the UK, CF 50 in the States, recently completed a two year Non Executive Director role at Move Your Money and is a fellow of the RSA.

Julia has mentored

Common Cause

For Common Cause is a giving and volunteering site where everyone can donate skills, equipment and money to help underserved entrepreneurs build small businesses, livelihoods and financial independence.

 

  • Common Cause
  • Entocycle
  • Playlab

Julia was a great match. She understood the needs of the organisation well and was able to give valuable advice about the areas we need help with.”

Aroon Dougan, Founder of Common Cause

Julia has mentored

Entocycle

We turn waste food into organic insect based animal feed for the agriculture and aquaculture industries.

 

  • Common Cause
  • Entocycle
  • Playlab

So valuable, I would say it is invaluable. The friendly, helpful and most important ‘open’ session is invaluable. It let’s you ask the silly and stupid questions without feeling silly or stupid.”

Keiran Whitaker, Founder of Entocycle

Julia has mentored

Playlab

Playlab London makes and measures social impact. We are a design and research agency which solves big problems with playful design.

 

  • Common Cause
  • Entocycle
  • Playlab

Great session. Julia is extremely knowledgeable and clearly a talented business person. She is also an absolute delight!”

Simon Fox, Founder of Playlab

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