Nicole Junkermann is a believer. A believer in digital innovation, experimental technology, artificial intelligence. To sum up, a believer in the future. German-born (April 27, 1980), London-based, daughter of the late businessman Heinz Junkermann, Nicole is an entrepreneur, investor and business leader focused primarily on the crossover between the media and technology sectors.
She is the founder of NJF Holdings, an international investment and finance company that consists of a venture-capital arm, a private-equity arm, a real-estate investment arm, and the JJ Collection, an initiative that aims to use art as a tool to fight for an open world.
Nicole’s investments are guided by the belief that the desire for quality content endures, even while technology revolutionises the way we discover, consume and share it. As artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality change our relationship with the digital world once again, she is now working with the entrepreneurs who will define these emerging industries.
She is among a new group of well-connected, successful entrepreneurs who believe that digital innovation and experimental technology will create breakthroughs in areas from medicine to education, and from retailing to premium content consumption. It is within these areas, where the old and the new converge through innovation and the potential to disrupt existing industries, that she looks to discover the companies of tomorrow.
Nicole began her career in 1998 as a co-founder of football gaming portal Winamax. Following its sale in 2001, she invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media. Along with another major shareholder, Nicole helped develop Infront into one of the world’s leading sports media rights businesses, eventually selling it to private equity group Bridgepoint for €650m in 2011. Infront is now owned by the Dalian Wanda Group.
Since 2011, Nicole has returned to her roots in digital innovation but with a particular focus on opportunities in areas including robotics, genomics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and premium content.
Through NJF Capital, Nicole has stakes in a range of companies, among them Emoticast, Jobbio and Sentient. She is also an investor in Paul Desmarais III‘s Diagram, as well as in Grabyo, alongside with football stars Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie. Three of her early investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively.
Junkermann’s current portfolio also includes investments in deep tech companies, such as OWKIN, Blockchain and Groq, and fintech such as Bolt. Three of her early investments – Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelateIQ – were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce respectively. Nicole also serves on the boards of Shanghai Really Sports and Trilantic Capital Europe.
In November 2018, she was appointed to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s Healthtech Advisory Board. The board, chaired by Dr. Ben Goldacre, guides the Secretary Of State Matt Hancock and UK Government on a mission to transform technology in the NHS.