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 related financial services businesses. The brand new brand will replace and handle Santander Innoventure’s older profile of investments, which includes thirty six startups in Europe and the Americas.

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

“The generation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has made it possible for Santander to direct the industry in applying new systems, including blockchain, providing better solutions to the clients of ours as a result,” said Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has almost doubled the hard cash invested, even with being somewhat youthful for a venture capital fund. Our aim is building on that accomplishment, as well as by improving our investment, while giving greater autonomy to the fund, we can be even more nimble and even further hasten the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target early and development period fintech startups, backing these businesses with the solid global network of its and fintech expertise. The tight will be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who’s seasoned with 5 years of experience with Innoventures, his previous two years spent leading the fund.

“By starting to be more and more autonomous, we are going to gain in agility, catch the attention of entrepreneurial skill to the commitment staff, and further arrange to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are actually wanting to keep on giving you strategic value to Santander, boosting our partnership and working with our portfolio business enterprises to allow for the bank in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a tested track record of successful investments, which includes numerous fintech unicorns like Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being famous for being successful and plan provides the self-confidence and confidence youthful corporations and startup depend on in investors, Innoventures, for example, has had an internal fee of earnings of 25 35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has put in a range of inner resources to the funding staff of its, with the straightforward aim of enhancing business developing opportunities and partnerships inside the portfolio of its. Innovation, utilising helpful solutions and effort will probably be the keys to success in the new venture.