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 aimed at fintechs and related financial services companies. The brand new brand is going to replace as well as manage Santander Innoventure’s older collection of investments, which covers 36 startups in Europe as well as the Americas.

Created in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, which increased to $200mn following two years. Santander’s replacing fund will begin with double the prior commitment, possessing $400mn allotted.

“The creation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has allowed Santander to steer the market in applying brand new technologies, which includes blockchain, offering much better solutions to the customers of ours as a result,” stated Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has nearly doubled the cash invested, even with being relatively youthful for a venture capital fund. Our aim is building on that accomplishment, and by increasing the funding of ours, while providing greater autonomy to the fund, we can be even more agile and even further accelerate the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target earlier and development phase fintech startups, backing the companies with the solid global networking of its and fintech knowledge. The firm will be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who is seasoned with five yrs of expertise with Innoventures, his last two years spent leading the fund.

“By starting to be more and more autonomous, we are going to gain in agility, attract entrepreneurial ability to the investment staff, and more align to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez mentioned, “We are eager to keep on delivering strategic worth to Santander, improving our partnership and dealing with our portfolio companies to support the savings account in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has an established track record of highly effective investments, including many fintech unicorns as Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being well known for success and plan delivers the trust and confidence youthful companies as well as startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had an internal fee of earnings of 25 35 % range after 2014.

Mouro Capital has included an assortment of bodily information to its funding team, with the basic emphasis of increasing business formation opportunities as well as partnerships within the profile of its. Uniqueness, utilising beneficial solutions as well as effort will likely be the keys to success in the new endeavor.