Nicole Junkermann is an international entrepreneur and investor, who has built and sold media businesses, invested in disruptive, cutting edge tech companies and raised her own sports private equity fund. Based in London, but a speaker of six languages with experience of living and working in Europe, Asia and the USA, Nicole is the Founder of NJF Holdings, an international finance and investment company with extensive interests across venture capital, private equity and real estate.
In the early days of the internet and soon after graduating from university, Nicole built and sold her first business, the gaming platform Winamax. Afterwards, she worked at LDCOM, which would later merge with Neuf Telecom to become Neuf Cegetel, one of the largest telecommunications companies in France. She then joined at inception and developed Infront Sports and Media into one of the world’s leading sports media rights businesses before selling it to Bridgepoint for €600m in 2011. Nicole also invested in Shanghai Really Sports, China’s third largest sports retailer, and went on to raise her own €242.5m private equity fund, United in Sports, focused on sports and media. Today, Nicole is focused on venture investments in deep tech areas, such as AI, transformative healthcare and fintech, as well as seeking out more developed opportunities in private equity and real estate.
She serves on the boards of Shanghai Really Sports, Trilantic Capital Europe and OWKIN. In November 2018, Junkermann was appointed to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s Healthtech Advisory Board. The board guides the UK Government on its mission to transform technology in the NHS.