Nicole Junkermann is a London-based entrepreneur, investor and business leader focused primarily on the crossover between the media and technology sectors.
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.
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.
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, Grabyo and Sentient. Three of her early investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively.
In June 2017, Nicole was appointed co-chair of Magnum Global Ventures, alongside Thomas Dworzak. She is also an investor in the legendary photographic agency.
In addition, Nicole holds board positions with Shanghai Really Sports, one of China’s biggest sports retailers, Trilantic Capital Partners, Owkin and Jobbio.