We have created, built and sold our own companies as well as having significant investment experience at the highest levels of business and government across Europe, the US and China.

 

At NJF Capital we all roll up our sleeves and get stuff done. We are here to invest in entrepreneurs with big ambitions, and we are respectful as to what our role is in that process. We believe that entrepreneurship can happen anywhere and seek to always remain open-minded about where talent can emerge.

 

Nicole Junkermann

Founder

Nicole Junkermann is a London-based entrepreneur and investor who has previously raised her own significant private equity fund. Her primary focus has been on the crossover between the media and technology sectors.

She is among a new group of well-connected, successful entrepreneurs who believe that transformative technologies in robotics, genomics, augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence will create breakthroughs in areas including healthcare, financial infrastructure, security and premium content.

Nicole began her career in 1998 as a co-founder of football gaming portal Winamax. She invested in newly-founded Infront Sports and Media in 2002 and in Shanghai Really Sports, China’s third largest sports retailer, in 2006. In 2007 she raised her own fund of €242.5m, United In Sports. 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 was later purchased by the Dalian Wanda Group for more than $1billion.

Since 2012, Nicole has been guided by her belief in the value of authenticity, that the fundamentals of business are enduring and that an entrepreneur’s journey is a marathon, not a sprint.

She also believes that one of the most exciting spaces today is where old and new connect and that the future of technology lies in understanding the limits of total disruption. Nicole is now working with the entrepreneurs who are defining the emerging industries that will change our relationship with the digital world.

Through NJF Capital, Nicole has stakes in a range of companies, among them Owkin, Revolut, Sentient, Blockchain and Grabyo. Three of her early investments, Songza, Dollar Shave Club and RelatelQ, were acquired by Google, Unilever and Salesforce, respectively.

In June 2017, Nicole invested in and was appointed co-chair of Magnum G.V, the legendary photo agency.

In addition, Nicole, who speaks six languages, holds board positions with companies including Shanghai Really Sports, Owkin, and Trilantic Capital Europe. She holds a BSCA from IUM and completed the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

 

Chris Hopkins

Head of Venture Capital

Chris is a former business advisor to British Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May.

He started his career capital raising at Dawnay, Day International. He joined the UK Government in 2008 and later established a venture capital team to help attract more overseas capital into the UK’s tech and life science sectors. In 2014, Chris was appointed as David Cameron’s business adviser, acting as the principal conduit between the domestic and international business communities and the Prime Minister and his office. Chris also worked on a number of tech and infrastructure policy initiatives as part of his role and continued this for Theresa May when she became Prime Minister in July 2016. Chris joined NJF Capital in July 2017 as Head of Venture Capital.

Chris holds a BA in International Business from the University of the West of England, Bristol.

 

Adithya Sreekumar

Analyst - Venture Capital

Prior to joining NJF Capital, Adithya was an entrepreneur, focusing on market entry options for electric vehicles in New Zealand and on a social enterprise involving the traceability of textiles across complex supply chains in India. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he worked at the National Grid of New Zealand across a range of functions, including engineering, commercial and M&A.

Adithya holds an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Canterbury, NZ.

 

Nikolajs Smirnovs

CFO

Nikolajs holds a BSc. in Accounting from Bedfordshire University and a MSc. in Finance and Investments (Distinction) from CASS business school. He is also a Chartered Management accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Nikolajs started his career in accountancy practice where he looked after various SME clients. From 2010, Nikolajs worked for private investment groups/family offices providing financial leadership and investment advice.

 

Luciano Caruso

Senior Executive Assistant

Luciano has fifteen years' experience as the Executive Assistant to CEOs, main board members of substantial PLCs and ultra-high net worth individuals. He started his career in 2000 at J.Rothschild Assurance, now St James's Place.

Prior to joining NJF Capital, Luciano worked for António Horta-Osório over a period of six years, both at Santander UK and when he took office as Group CEO of Lloyds Banking Group.

Luciano holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Translation from London Metropolitan University and speaks three languages.

 

James Stephens

Executive Assistant

James spent twelve years working across Whitehall and the Government Office for London. Notable roles included one year as Private Secretary to the Minister for London and four years as a Project Manager at DECC.

James holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Brunel University, London. James provides executive support to the Founder and rest of the NJF Capital team across the investment portfolio.