Nicole Junkermann, founder of NJF Holdings, is a German born and London-based entrepreneur and investor. Her business career and investments are focused primarily on the crossover between the media and technology sectors. NJF Holdings includes NJF Capital, NJF Private Equity, NJF Real Estate and The JJ Collection.
Nicole Junkermann is among a new group of well-connected, successful entrepreneurs. She believes that digital innovation and experimental technology will create breakthroughs in areas from medicine to education, and from retailing to premium content consumption.
Nicole Junkermann business career
Junkermann, born in Düsseldorf on April 27, 1980, began her business career as a co-founder of football gaming portal Winamax. Following its sale in 2001, she invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media, a sports media rights agency. Three of her early investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively. Nicole Junkermann’s holdings and activities have included Infront, United in Sports, Songza and Shanghai Really Sports.
Junkermann was one of the shareholders of Infront Sports & Media, a firm that provided sports and media rights management. Junkermann served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Infront, which ultimately sold to Bridgepoint, a private equity firm based in Europe, in 2008.
In 2005, Nicole Junkermann founded a private equity fund, United in Sports, focused on media and sports investments in Asia and Europe. United in Sports raised €242.2 million in 2007.
In 2013, Junkermann was part of a group of investors in Songza, an application developed to provide playlists. In July 2014, Google announced its acquisition of Songza, for which it paid an estimated $39 million.
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On 13 June 2017, Junkermann was named co-chair of Magnum Global Ventures, alongside Thomas Dworzak. In July 2017, Junkermann invested in a newly created subsidiary, Magnum Global Ventures, to manage the assets of Magnum Photos.
In November 2018, Junkermann was appointed to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Healthtech Advisory Board. The board, chaired by Dr. Ben Goldacre, guides the Secretary of State Matt Hancock on the potential of technology in health and social care.