Santander announces new venture capital firm for fintechs

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

Created in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, which enhanced to $200mn after 2 seasons. Santander’s replacement fund is going to begin with double the prior commitment, having $400mn allotted.

“The generation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has allowed Santander to guide the market in employing new solutions, as well as blockchain, offering better services to the consumers of ours as a result,” said Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has almost doubled the hard cash invested, despite simply being relatively youthful for a venture capital fund. The aim of ours is actually building on that success, as well as by improving our investment, while giving greater autonomy to the fund, we can be much more agile and even further speed up the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target earlier and growth stage fintech startups, backing the companies with its solid worldwide network and fintech expertise. The tight is going to be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who is seasoned with 5 years of expertise with Innoventures, his past two years spent leading the fund.

“By becoming more and more autonomous, we will gain in agility, entice entrepreneurial talent to the expenditure staff members, and further format to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are wanting to keep on giving you strategic value to Santander, boosting the partnership of ours and dealing with our portfolio business enterprises to support the bank account in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a tested track record of successful investments, this includes numerous fintech unicorns like Tradeshift, Upgrade and Ripple. Being renowned for being successful as well as plan offers the loyalty as well as confidence young organizations as well as startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had an internal fee of results of 25 35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has put in an assortment of internal information to the investment staff members of its, with the simple emphasis of boosting business development opportunities and partnerships within its portfolio. Innovation, utilising helpful systems as well as effort are going to be the keys to achievement in the new opportunity.