Santander InnoVentures Adds Two New UK and One US Fintech Businesses to Its Portfolio
- 12.07.2017 08:15 am
Santander InnoVentures, the fintech venture capital fund of Santander Group, today announces it has added UK based Pixoneye and Curve and US based Gridspace to its portfolio in the latest round of strategic fintech investments. Pixoneye and Gridspace deepen the fund’s focus in artificial intelligence as one of the technologies that will transform banking in the years to come and complement other investments such as Elliptic and Socure. The news comes in the wake of a highly active and successful six months for the fund, which has seen the number of fintech investments reach 15.
Pixoneye offers predictive personalization technology delivered on device, to capture consumers’ changing needs, offering predictive accuracy that can be integrated with brands’ customer relationship management systems and recommendation platforms. Curve will contribute to its aim of opening up a new 'connected finance' category within banking by combining multiple payment cards and one mobile app, making moves towards effectively serving customers in a new open banking world. Gridspace is the leading platform for conversational intelligence, it enables companies to analyze and operationalize the conversational speech and text inputs.
All three businesses will use the investment and partnership with Santander InnoVentures to further broaden their capabilities, fuel the development of platforms and services and grow their market ecosystem.
Mariano Belinky, Managing Partner of Santander InnoVentures, said: “By adding Curve and Pixoneye to our portfolio, we’re delighted to support international entrepreneurs innovating in the UK’s fintech scene and help exciting start-ups with strong London based teams gain access to the global financial services landscape.” He added: “As we invest in our core areas of artificial intelligence, open banking and customer centric solutions, we continue to position Banco Santander as a leader in financial services innovation and support the Group in its strategy of collaborating with disruptive companies, to make meaningful leaps in how we serve customers. We’re excited to bring Shachar Bialick (Curve), Ofri Ben-Porat and Nadav Israel (Pixoneye), and Evan Macmillan (Gridspace) to our list of world-class founders, all of whom are challenging the financial services landscape.”