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 targeted at fintechs and similar financial services companies. The brand new brand will replace as well as manage Santander Innoventure’s aged profile of investments, that covers 36 startups in Europe and also the Americas.

Created in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, that improved to $200mn following 2 seasons. Santander’s substitute fund is going to begin with double the preceding commitment, possessing $400mn allocated.

“The development of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has permitted Santander to lead the market in implementing new solutions, which includes blockchain, providing better solutions to our clients as a result,” mentioned Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has practically doubled the dollars invested, even with simply being relatively younger for a venture capital fund. The goal of ours is actually to build on that success, as well as by improving our funding, while providing significantly greater autonomy to the fund, we are able to be much more agile and even further speed up the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital is going to target earlier and growth stage fintech startups, backing the companies with its strong worldwide networking as well as fintech expertise. The firm is going to be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who is seasoned with 5 years of know-how at Innoventures, his last 2 years spent leading the fund.

“By starting to be more autonomous, we are going to gain in agility, catch the attention of entrepreneurial talent to the commitment staff, and then additional format to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez mentioned, “We are wanting to maintain on giving you strategic worth to Santander, enhancing our partnership and working with our profile businesses to support the bank in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has an established track record of effective investments, which includes numerous fintech unicorns like Tradeshift, Upgrade and Ripple. Being renowned for achieving success as well as plan offers the confidence as well as confidence fresh companies as well as startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had an internal price of returns of 25 35 % range since 2014.

Mouro Capital has put in an assortment of inner resources to its investment team, with the simple emphasis of enhancing business advancement opportunities and partnerships inside the profile of its. Originality, utilising useful solutions as well as effort will probably be the keys to achievement in the new opportunity.

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