Santander announces new venture capital firm for fintechs

Spanish multinational banking giant, Banco Santander today announced the launch of Mouro Capital, an autonomously handled venture capital fund targeted for fintechs and corresponding financial services organizations. The new brand will replace as well as control Santander Innoventure’s old collection of investments, which includes 36 startups in Europe as well as the Americas.

Developed in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, that improved to $200mn after two seasons. Santander’s replacement fund is going to begin with double the preceding commitment, possessing $400mn allocated.

“The development of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has made it possible for Santander to guide the market in employing new solutions, which includes blockchain, offering much better services to the consumers of ours as a result,” mentioned Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has nearly doubled the hard cash invested, even with being somewhat youthful for a venture capital fund. Our goal is to build on that success, and also by improving our investment, while providing significantly greater autonomy to the fund, we are able to be even more agile and even further hasten the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target earlier and development period fintech startups, backing the businesses with its strong global networking and fintech experience. The firm is going to be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who’s seasoned with five years of know-how at Innoventures, his last 2 years spent leading the fund.

“By starting to be more and more autonomous, we will gain in agility, catch the attention of entrepreneurial talent to the commitment team, and further format to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are actually eager to hold on giving you strategic value to Santander, boosting the partnership of ours and working with our profile businesses to support the bank in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a proven track record of good investments, including many fintech unicorns as Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being renowned for being successful and strategy offers the confidence as well as confidence young businesses and startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had a bodily fee of results of 25 35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has added a range of inner resources to its funding staff, with the straightforward aim of improving business growing opportunities as well as partnerships within the portfolio of its. Originality, utilising helpful systems as well as alliance will probably be the keys to achievement in the new venture.