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Santander InnoVentures is Banco Santander's $200m corporate venture arm. We invest in fintech startups, globally, across all stages, and help create meaningful, strategic relationships between our portfolio companies and Santander Group.
Current portfolio companies include iZettle, MyCheck, CYNGN, Ripple, Kabbage, Digital Asset Holdings, Elliptic, SigFig, Socure, Tradeshift, PayKey, Gridspace, Pixoneye, Curve, Payjoy, ePesos, Visible Alpha, Roostify, Autofi and Creditas.
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Fintech was about going digital, why are challenger banks addicted to plastic cards?
Contxto – Some might think that the story of fintech in Latin America is that of an underdog: A rebellious bunch of disruptors playing by their own rules and trying to conquer a game as old as time. However, the most recent strategy adopted by challenger banks doesn’t portray them as dissidents – in fact, […]
Fintech a55 snags US$2M to scale lending solutions to SaaS businesses
Contxto – Five months later and once again fintech a55 raised funding. This week, the lending startup announced it closed US$2 million through E3 Negócios. It will use the investment to expand its team from 60 people to an eventual 100 by next year. Last May, a55 announced it closed US$5 million through Santander InnoVentures […]
Santander InnoVentures re-brands as Mouro Capital and gains US$400M for startups
Contxto – Santander InnoVentures, the investment arm of Spanish bank Santander, is undergoing some serious innovations of its own. On Friday (11), it announced that it’s re-branded into Mouro Capital. Furthermore, it’s not just a matter of name-changing. It’s also shaking up the way it will approach entrepreneurs and funding in general. And to kick […]
Fintech showdown: Banks’ upcoming Modo app versus Mercado Pago
Contxto – Not too long ago, a group of some of the largest banks in Argentina stated they would launch a joint app. Through it, they hope to attract users who’ve been opting for the likes of fintechs like Mercado Pago. More recently, the app’s developers disclosed just what users can expect from it. And […]
Argentine banks unite to give Mercado Pago and fintechs a run for their money
Contxto – It’s no secret that marketplace giant Mercado Libre has been busy scaling its logistics operations and partaking in a large share of Latin America’s e-commerce. In the process, its fintech arm, Mercado Pago, has also been growing. Thus, multiple traditional banks have noticed and are taking cards in the matter. They’ve recently come […]
Fintech ePesos raises financing for US$21 million with Accial Capital
Contxto – Another fintech has been recently fueled to serve up more loans. This week, Mexican ePesos stated it closed a debt-financing round for US$21 million through Accial Capital. In addition, the startup announced the launch of “ePesos+”. This new service will tender to Mexico’s employed, but unbanked population. There are lending fintechs that tender […]
Kaszek leads US$21 million investment in fintech Remessa Online
Contxto – The coronavirus pandemic may have slowed investments down. But some significant rounds are still trickling through and giving us something to talk about. Today, Brazilian fintech Remessa Online closed an investment for R$110 million (around US$21 million) through Kaszek Ventures. Other contributors include Bewater Ventures and Kevin Efrusy—who’s well-known for having led an […]
Ripple and Central Bank of Brazil hold private meeting
Contxto – What are Ripple and the Central Bank of Brazil up to? On May 30, reps from both parties had a closed-door meeting. During the video conference call, Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse talked to the Bank’s President, Roberto Campos Neto. The objective of the meeting was to discuss “institutional matters”. This incredibly vague wording […]
Digibee raises US$5 million through GAA Investments to scale integration platform
Contxto – No-code entegration platform Digibee announced it raised US$5 million last Wednesday (3). GAA Investments and Laércio Albuquerque of Cisco Brazil were the lead investors. The Brazilian startup will use the funds to improve its technology as well as expand into the United States. No-code is gaining (geographical) ground. [wd_hustle id=”InArticleOptin” type=”embedded”/] Integration sensation When […]
Santander InnoVentures leads US$5 million investment in a55
Contxto – Santander Bank’s corporate venture capital (VC) arm, Santander InnoVentures led a US$5 million investment in Brazilian fintech a55. Yes, yet again there’s a loaning startup that’s raised capital. But a55 has a very specific market and a different approach when it comes time to charge borrowers. A55’s got its eye on SaaS streams […]