Nicole Junkermann is an international entrepreneur, investor and business leader. She has built and sold highly successful media businesses, invested in disruptive, cutting edge tech companies and raised her own private equity fund. Based in London, and a speaker of six languages with extensive experience of living and working in Europe, Asia and the US, Nicole Junkermann is the Founder of NJF Holdings, an international finance and investment company with extensive interests across venture capital, private equity and real estate. A keen lover of art, Nicole
Junkermann lives in London with her businessman husband and their two-year-old daughter.
1. Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Since childhood, I was always encouraged to think outside the box and for myself. This meant that at the beginning of my career I was able to receive the most useful advice – to create my own unique and independent way of approaching problems and solutions. I have embraced this advice ever since and have attempted to pass this on to
other people that I have had the opportunity to work with.
2. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
No single piece of advice stands out, but when people have told me that I can’t do something this made me even more determined to prove them wrong. I don’t tend to pay attention to criticism or listen to the doubters who say that what I want to achieve is impossible. Many of my ventures have begun in traditionally male-dominated sectors, for example sport, where female business leaders tend to be the minority. I am pleased that the landscape for women in business is changing.
3. What would you tell your younger self?
Always trust your own instinct and judgement. You can be the most successful person in the world, but can always learn something new every day and it is good to accept change. Don’t regret things you have done, but regret the things you haven’t; or better still find a way to do them! Be open to opportunities, especially those that give you the chance to step outside your comfort zone, and grab them with both hands. Rely on facts, not emotions, but let emotions drive you to success.
I live by the principles familiar to any sportsman or woman – to be fair, try your best and be competitive. Recognise
that some people will always try and put you down, especially if you fail or make mistakes. Whilst it is good to take advice and seek help, don’t care too much about what other people think.
4. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
The convergence of technology and medicine means that we can make real improvements to people’s lives around the world. Advancements in technology and medicine provide tangible results that improve the quality of life, life expectancy and access to medical information. Being part of a growing industry is a privilege and makes me feel very positive for the future. Every day we are able to find out more about ourselves and have a positive impact on individuals around the world.
5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My daughter Vita. Creating life and being a parent is the most extraordinary miracle of all. Vita is my greatest inspiration.