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Michelle Wright

CEO, Cause4

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Michelle trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer & fundraiser, Michelle founded Cause4 on leaving the London Symphony Orchestra, where her achievements in private sector fundraising led to her being judged Best Upcoming Fundraiser at the National Fundraising Awards. As CEO of Cause4 Michelle has undertaken major business development projects, including campaign developments with national charities & social enterprises & consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands. Michelle also specialises in philanthropy, setting up foundations for corporates, sports stars, artists & entrepreneurs. From 2013 Michelle combines her role at Cause4 with being Programme Director of the Arts Council England-funded Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme. In 2010 Michelle completed her MBA at Ashridge Business School. Further funding from Goldman Sachs in 2012 enabled study at UCL & Oxford University on the 10,000 small businesses programme. Michelle is a Fellow of the Guildhall School (FGS) & the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She is a mentor for emerging entrepreneurs for the Aspire Foundation, Guildhall School & Emerge Venture Labs. Michelle won female entrepreneur of the year at the Natwest Startup awards 2011 & was a top 10 winner in the Ernst & Young Future 100. She was awarded three international Stevie Awards in 2012-2013 for innovation and entrepreneurship and in 2013. She was awarded a social entrepreneurship fast-growth award from Unltd and joins the Big Venture Challenge cohort in 2014. In 2013 Michelle was invited by Lord Young to join the Accelerate 250 & was recommended by independent investors to join the 'Silicon Valley UK 100 club' for high-growth businesses. In 2014 Michelle was awarded the IWEC award for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement, and represents the UK as a National Champion for Entrepreneur of the Year in the European Business Awards.


  • Executive
  • Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fundraising
  • Innovation Strategy