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 related financial services companies. The new brand name is going to replace and handle Santander Innoventure’s older profile of investments, which includes 36 startups in Europe and the Americas.

Developed in 2014, Santander Innoventure had an original $100mn allocation, which increased to $200mn after two years. Santander’s substitute fund is going to begin with double the earlier commitment, having $400mn allocated.

“The creation of our fintech venture capital fund in 2014 has permitted Santander to steer the sector in applying brand new solutions, including blockchain, giving much better solutions to our consumers as a result,” stated Ana Botín, Executive Chairma at Banco Santander.

“Innoventures has nearly doubled the hard cash invested, even with being somewhat youthful for a venture capital fund. Our goal is building on that achievement, as well as by increasing our investment, while giving significantly greater autonomy to the fund, we are able to be even more nimble and further accelerate the digital transformation of the group.”

Mouro Capital will target earlier and growth stage fintech startups, backing these businesses with the strong global networking of its as well as fintech knowledge. The firm would be lead by Manuel Silva Martínez who’s seasoned with 5 yrs of experience at Innoventures, his past 2 years spent leading the fund.

“By starting to be more autonomous, we are going to gain in agility, entice entrepreneurial talent to the investment staff, and then further format to our entrepreneurs’ success.” Martínez said, “We are actually wanting to maintain on supplying strategic value to Santander, improving our partnership and dealing with our portfolio companies to support the bank in shaping fintech innovation.”

Santander has an established track record of effective investments, this includes a lot of fintech unicorns as Tradeshift, Ripple and Upgrade. Being renowned for achieving success and methodology offers the loyalty as well as confidence young companies and startup depend on in investors, Innoventures, for instance, has had an inner fee of earnings of 25 35 % range after 2014.

Mouro Capital has added an assortment of bodily information to the investment staff of its, with the simple emphasis of improving business formation opportunities and partnerships inside the collection of its. Originality, utilising useful solutions as well as effort will probably be the keys to being successful in the brand new venture.