U.S. venture capital firm Canapi Ventures announced on Wednesday the launch of its inaugural venture capital funds. The funds, which are centered around early to growth-stage financial technology investment opportunities, have received $545 million in commitments from a “robust” institutional investor base.
“Canapi focuses on identifying opportunities to provide growth capital to entrepreneurs building enterprise solutions for the financial services industry of the future. The Canapi Alliance, which includes 11 of the top 50 and 23 of the top 100 banks in the United States by total asset size, represents a valuable potential distribution network for Canapi’s portfolio companies with more than 20 million customers across 45 states. The American Bankers Association, the Independent Community Bankers Association and several state banking associations are also Canapi investors.”
While sharing more details about the capital funds, Canapi Co-Managing Partner, Gene Ludwig, stated:
“Banks are looking for technology partners that can help them thrive and innovate in a rapidly changing and hyper-competitive market. We believe many of these solutions have to come from early stage companies and that is why we launched Canapi Ventures. The best early stage company founders seek investment partners who not only provide capital but possess deep domain expertise and an ability to help fintech companies tangibly grow revenue and customers. We believe our model is unique in that it aligns the interests of both banks that want to use innovative technologies as well as the companies creating those technologies and represents a true ‘win-win’ for all parties involved.”
Co-Managing Partner, Chip Mahan, further explained:
“Much of the financial services industry is running on software created decades ago, and we are at an inflection point where that has to change. Canapi is here to connect banks to the innovators who aim to make that change happen and truly revolutionize the fundamentals of our industry.”