Santander announces 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 aimed at fintechs and corresponding financial services companies. The brand new brand is going to replace as well as handle Santander Innoventure’s old profile of investments, which includes 36 startups in Europe and the Americas.

Created in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an initial $100mn allocation, that improved to $200mn after 2 years. 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 lead the market in employing brand new technologies, including blockchain, giving much better services to the customers of ours as a result,” said Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has almost doubled the cash invested, despite being relatively younger for a venture capital fund. Our goal is actually building on that achievement, as well as by increasing our funding, while producing greater autonomy to the fund, we are able to be a lot more agile and even further hasten the digital transformation of the group.”

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

“By becoming more autonomous, we will gain in agility, entice entrepreneurial talent to the investment staff, and therefore additional arrange to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez stated, “We are actually wanting to keep on giving you strategic worth to Santander, boosting our partnership and working together with our collection businesses to allow for the savings account in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has a tested track record of effective investments, which includes a lot of fintech unicorns like Tradeshift, Upgrade and Ripple. Being famous for achieving success and strategy provides the loyalty as well as confidence fresh companies and startup depend on in investors, Innoventures, for instance, has had an inner price of earnings of 25-35 % assortment after 2014.

Mouro Capital has included a range of internal assets to its investment team, with the simple aim of boosting business developing opportunities as well as partnerships within the profile of its. Innovation, utilising beneficial systems as well as effort will probably be the keys to being successful in the brand new venture.