Santander announces brand 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 targeted for fintechs and similar financial services companies. The brand new brand name is going to replace and manage Santander Innoventure’s old profile of investments, which includes 36 startups in Europe and the Americas.

Founded in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an original $100mn allocation, which improved to $200mn after 2 seasons. Santander’s substitute fund will begin with double the earlier commitment, possessing $400mn allotted.

“The creation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has made it possible for Santander to lead the industry in implementing new technologies, as well as blockchain, offering better solutions to our consumers as a result,” stated Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has practically doubled the dollars invested, despite simply being relatively young for a venture capital fund. Our objective is to build on that accomplishment, and by boosting our funding, while producing greater autonomy to the fund, we will be a lot more agile and even further accelerate the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital is going to target early and growth phase fintech startups, backing the businesses with the solid global networking of its as well as fintech expertise. The firm will be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who’s seasoned with five yrs of know-how 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 team, and therefore further arrange to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are actually desperate to keep on supplying strategic value to Santander, boosting our partnership and working with our collection companies to support the bank account in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a proven track record of successful investments, this includes a lot of fintech unicorns as Tradeshift, Upgrade and Ripple. Being well known for being successful and methodology provides the trust and confidence fresh businesses and startup rely on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had a bodily price of returns of 25-35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has put in an assortment of inner assets to its funding staff, with the simple aim of improving business growing opportunities and partnerships inside its portfolio. Originality, utilising helpful systems as well as effort will probably be the keys to success in the new opportunity.