Tokyo FinTech Meetup #60 - FinTech Venture Capital

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An evening with MUFG Innovation Partners & Santander InnoVentures!

MUFG Innovation Partners was established as a corporate venture capital of the MUFG group and is responsible for the MUFG’s open innovation strategy to accelerate partnerships between startups and MUFG, and strategic investments in startups. We have previously covered the establishment of MUIP, so please take a look here: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech/mufg-innovation-partners-9b74b49631dd or here: https://medium.com/tokyo-fintech/mufg-innovation-partners-investment-tracker-ac7f91177f93

President & Chief Executive Officer Nobutake Suzuki started his career with Sanwa Bank, one of the predecessor organizations to MUFG, before spending more than 15 years as a Partner of venture capitalist firm Global Brains, where he led an early investment into Origami in 2013, for example. Suzuki-san re-joined MUFG in July 2018 as Head of the Corporate Planning and Digital Transformation Divisions, and was appointed President & CEO of MUIP with its formation in January 2019.

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Santander InnoVentures is Banco Santander's $200m corporate venture arm, investing in fintech startups globally, across all stages, and help create meaningful, strategic relationships between the portfolio companies and Santander Group.

The Santander InnoVentures portfolio includes companies like iZettle, MyCheck, CYNGN, Ripple, Kabbage, Digital Asset Holdings, Elliptic, SigFig, Socure, Tradeshift, PayKey, Gridspace, Pixoneye, Curve, Payjoy, ePesos, Visible Alpha, Roostify, Autofi and Creditas.

Manuel Silva Martinez
Manuel is a Partner at Santander InnoVentures and oversees the investment team and sourcing and execution of new investments. Before joining Santander in 2015, Manuel was the founding member of BBVA Ventures out of San Francisco, which he started after spending 5 years at BBVA in Corporate Development and Innovation functions.

Manuel holds a B.A. in Business Administration from CUNEF (Madrid), an MPhil in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Sciences Po (Paris) and has conducted doctoral level research on Chinese Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Manuel lives in London but spends substantial time in San Francisco and Latin America.

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