Santander announces new venture capital firm for fintechs

Spanish multinational banking giant, Banco Santander today announced the launch of Mouro Capital, an autonomously maintained venture capital fund targeted at fintechs and corresponding financial services companies. The brand new brand will replace as well as control Santander Innoventure’s old portfolio of investments, that covers thirty six startups in Europe and also the Americas.

Developed in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, which increased to $200mn following two seasons. Santander’s replacing fund will begin with double the earlier commitment, having $400mn allotted.

“The creation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has allowed Santander to direct the sector in applying new systems, including blockchain, offering better services to our customers as a result,” said Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has almost doubled the cash invested, despite being fairly youthful for a venture capital fund. Our aim is to build on that accomplishment, and also by boosting the funding of ours, while producing greater autonomy to the fund, we can be much more agile and further speed up the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target earlier and development phase fintech startups, backing the companies with the strong worldwide networking of its and fintech knowledge. The tight will be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who’s seasoned with 5 yrs of know-how with Innoventures, his last 2 years spent leading the fund.

“By becoming more and more autonomous, we will gain in agility, catch the attention of entrepreneurial skill to the commitment staff members, and therefore more align to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez stated, “We are actually wanting to keep on supplying strategic value to Santander, boosting the partnership of ours and working with our collection businesses to allow for the bank account in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a proven track record of highly effective investments, which includes a lot of fintech unicorns like Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being renowned for being successful as well as plan provides the loyalty as well as confidence young corporations and startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for instance, has had an internal fee of earnings of 25 35 % range after 2014.

Mouro Capital has added a range of inner resources to the funding staff of its, with the straightforward emphasis of enhancing business developing opportunities and partnerships within the profile of its. Innovation, utilising helpful solutions as well as alliance are going to be the keys to being successful in the new opportunity.