Nicole Junkermann is a London-based investor, entrepreneur and business mentor, born in Düsseldorf on April 27, 1980. Her investment career began in the sports sector. In 1998, she co-founded Winamax, a football gaming portal. From 2002 to 2011, she was a strategic investor and Vice-Chairman of the sports and media company, Infront. In 2007, she founded United in Sports, the world’s first private equity fund focusing on sports.
From sports to experimental technology
Since 2011, however, she has returned to her roots in digital innovation and experimental technology – areas like robotics, genomics, virtual reality and artificial intelligence – and media rights, generally. Her principal investment vehicle is today NJF Capital Ltd, which currently has over 30 companies in its portfolio. NJF Capital serves as a bridge between traditional business and industry-defining technologies and brings a deep understanding of business strategy, entrepreneurial know-how and a wide network across business and government. In addition, Nicole Junkermann has interests in real estate and private equity.
Nicole Junkermann business mentor
Nicole, whose father Heinz Junkermann was a successful businessman, is also an investor in a number of cutting edge, deep tech companies, including OWKIN (on whose Board she also sits), Blockchain and Groq, and has successfully exited companies to Google, Unilever and Salesforce. Nicole Junkermann is a longstanding board member and shareholder of China’s third largest sports retailer, Really Sports, and is a member of the European advisory board of Trilantic Capital Partners, a global private equity firm focused on control and significant minority investments across a range of industries in North America and Europe.
Nicole Junkermann is a member of the UK Government’s Healthtech Advisory Board, chaired by Dr. Ben Goldacre, which advises the Secretary of State Matt Hancock on his technology vision for health and social care.
With significant international experience working and living in Europe, Asia, and the United States, Junkermann speaks six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.