Santander announces brand 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 for fintechs and similar financial services companies. The new brand name will replace as well as manage Santander Innoventure’s older profile of investments, which includes thirty six startups in Europe as well as the Americas.

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

“The creation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has made it possible for Santander to guide the industry in employing new technologies, including blockchain, offering much better services to the clients of ours as a result,” stated Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has almost doubled the money invested, despite being somewhat younger for a venture capital fund. Our objective is actually building on that accomplishment, and by increasing our investment, while producing significantly greater autonomy to the fund, we will be a lot more nimble and further speed up the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital is going to target earlier and growth period fintech startups, backing these companies with the strong worldwide network of its as well as fintech knowledge. The tight will be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who is seasoned with 5 yrs of experience 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 skill to the commitment team, and then additional align to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are actually eager to hold on giving you strategic value to Santander, boosting our partnership and working together with our collection business enterprises to allow for the bank in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has an established track record of successful investments, including numerous fintech unicorns as Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being renowned for being successful as well as plan offers the confidence as well as confidence fresh corporations and startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for instance, has had an inner price of returns of 25 35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has put in an assortment of bodily resources to its investment staff, with the basic aim of increasing business development opportunities as well as partnerships inside the profile of its. Originality, utilising useful technologies as well as collaboration will likely be the keys to success in the brand new endeavor.