Nicole Junkermann, born in Düsseldorf on April 27, 1980, is the founder of NJF Holdings, which includes NJF Capital, NJF Private Equity, NJF Real Estate and The JJ Collection. As a business leader, entrepreneur and investor, she is focused primarily on the crossover between the media and technology sectors.
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, April 27 1980
Junkermann 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.
Nicole Junkermann: NJF, Magnum and more
In April 2015, Nicole Junkermann founded private equity firm NJF Capital in London. It has a portfolio of 26 companies in the areas of content, media and technology.
On June 13, 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. She has also invested in Emoticast alongside with entrepreneur and Napster co-founder Sean Parker through Strangeloop Ventures; producer and Black Eyed Peas founding member will.i.am; DJ and producer David Guetta; Ynon Kreiz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel; Alan Cannistraro, ex-Apple engineer and founder and CEO of video-app startup Rheo; and Archer Gray, a media production, finance and venture investment company.
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.