We are Blanco. Your invisible force in fintech.

We develop technology for humans: it’s not about us, it’s about what you and your clients experience.

Our manifesto.

The world of finance is heading towards the future at dizzying speed. Digital services have shifted from being a nice-to-have’ to a must-have’. Techno-optimists are preaching the gospel of Artificial Intelligence. Robo-advisors are popping up like coffee bars in a gentrified neighborhood. And digital technology leads to financial inclusion’: it increases efficiency, reduces complexity and lowers costs, encouraging consumers to demand more bang for their buck.

It looks like humans will be completely replaced by robots in finance. But at Blanco, we don’t think so. Although significant change in our industry is inevitable and technology seems to have the upper hand at this, we believe the human factor will always remain crucial in our industry. Self-driving Tesla’s still require a human in the driver’s seat for when things go haywire, don’t they?

At Blanco, we firmly believe in the symbiosis between mankind and machine. Technology brings efficiency and lowers costs, while people will always bring trust and empathy to the table.

That’s why we’re developing fintech solutions that save time and money, but that incorporates the human factor as well: instead of being imposed on people, our technology serves people. It’s always fully white-labeled, and we’re thinking carefully about how our software can work as seamlessly as possible with the software that our customers are already using. 

All this leads to financial inclusion: Blanco makes asset management products more accessible than ever. Our technology enables you to fully focus on your clients again. After all, it’s not about us or our technology, but about people: it’s about you and your clients.

We are Blanco. Your invisible force in fintech.

Company profile.

Fintech B2B provider Blanco was founded on 27 October 2015 by Joost Walgemoed and Bernadette Wijnings. Blanco develops technology especially for wealth- and asset managers that automates the entire wealth- and asset management process from A to Z. Blanco also develops technology for financial institutions that makes complex KYC processes much simpler.

Blanco’s team does not believe in technology alone, but in the symbiosis of man and machine: the best service is provided by combining the efficiency and cost savings offered by automation with the trust and empathy that the human factor brings. Blanco ensures that regulated companies in general, and asset managers in particular, can once again fully focus on what it’s all about in the end: their customers.

Blanco has over 40 Blanconians with 18 different nationalities. The language of communication is English. Diversity, freedom and personal responsibility are the important values on which the Blanco team is built. The management is formed by Bernadette Wijnings, Manoek Fles, Joost Walgemoed, Theo Nout and Bastiaan de Ruiter.

In the Benelux over 125 professional clients are served, including wealth- and asset managers, investment funds, brokers and banks, with underlying 20,000 relations and administrative assets of over 20 billion euros. Blanco has 4 offices in 2 countries.

In 2017 Blanco was nominated for the Dutch Fintech Awards, was finalist at the Red Herring 100 Europe and with CFO Bernadette Wijnings Blanco won the Woman in Fintech award in Luxembourg. In 2018 Blanco won the NRC Live Fintech Impact Award. In 2019 Blanco won the Amsterdam Fintech Forum Award 2019 and the third prize in the Fintech Junction Award for the best European Fintech Startup. Blanco was also named Sprout Challenger50 2019 by Sprout. Among others, KBC Venture Fund, Volta Ventures and Dutch Founders Fund participate in the​‘startup-turning-scaleup’.

Meet the team

Bernadette Wijnings
Bernadette Wijnings
CFO & Founder
Amsterdam
Manouk Fles
Manouk Fles
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Amsterdam
Joost Walgemoed
Joost Walgemoed
CEO & Founder
Amsterdam
Theo Nout
Theo Nout
Bastiaan de Ruiter
Bastiaan de Ruiter
Conny Dorrestijn
Conny Dorrestijn
Conny Dorrestijn has worked in the international financial technology industry in a wide range of marketing and business development roles, most recently at Clear2Pay, FIS. Speaking frequently at international events such as BAI, EBA and Money2020 on Open Banking, Payments and Fintech innovation, she is a non-Executive Board Member to Blanco Services, an Advisory Board Member to Holland FinTech, Arches Capital, East and AdviceRobo, Associate of the Digital Insurance Agenda (DIA) and a Global Innovation Awards Judge at BAI (US).

Her mentorship at The Global Give Back Circle is part of her FemTech’ drive to encourage young girls and women to step up to an independent – financial – life through education, a safe home and traineeships.
Hidde Hoogcarspel
Hidde Hoogcarspel
Hidde is fund manager at our Investor Dutch Founders Fund. He’s also the founder of Spacebuzz Foundation and has experience in PE funded firms, both as CEO and CFO. He finds meaning behind data because he knows that the right numbers tell the story of where the company stands and which processes can be improved.
Koen Schrever
Koen Schrever
Koen is the CEO of KBC Start It fund, one of our investors. He first worked at several smaller businesses, but eventually switched to Siemens where he realized a number of turnarounds and an M&A integration. Following this experience he became investment manager and executive director at several Venture Capital funds. During this time he combined investment management responsibilities with board seats at multiple companies. He joined KBC at Bolero Crowdfunding and combines this job with his responsibilities towards the KBC Start it Fund. 

If you want to deliver an elevator pitch, you might reach him on the badminton course or on his bike to work.
Pieter Puijpe
Pieter Puijpe
Pieter Puijpe is a Managing Director at ING, with broad experience across a range of leadership positions in loan origination, corporate risk and general management. He has a broad international background, lastly as Co-President and Co-Chairman of ING Capital LLC, ING’s wholesale banking business in the Americas — based in New York. In his current role as Business Lead for credit risk capital models, Pieter is responsible for a key part of the ING’s regulatory capital agenda, which includes the remediation of regulatory findings and the operational/​technical implementation of regulatory best practices in ING’s wholesale banking business lines.
Alex Brabers
Alex Brabers
Alex Brabers is a real investor. Throughout his career he has been involved in many transactions, acquisitions and IPOs. He is good at translating strategic issues into data. He enjoys working with venture capital and financial technology, because in this sector defining the right strategy is really the most important thing. It’s not about making many small optimisations, but about big strategy decisions with a lot of impact.

Alex holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Leuven. He worked in the banking sector for a few years and then went on to work for the European investment company, Gimv. During the 27 years that he worked there he focused on venture capital technology, gradually adding biotech and private equity. Through Gimv, Alex has served on many boards of directors, including Nomadesk, Invest Europe, Telenet, Orange Belgium, Inside Secure and many other companies.
His greatest success was in founding and growing Telenet. Alex is currently Managing Partner at Bratavi. He is also a director at Automation, YouConnect, 3d investors and Festival van Vlaanderen.
Sander Vonk
Sander Vonk
Sander is General Partner at our investor Volta Ventures. He has been involved with innovation, startups and investing for well over a decade. He ran the European operations for Liberty Global Ventures, overseeing all technology investments in the EMEA region. He is also the non-executive chairman of Metrological, a Netherlands based software company and board advisor to Vector Group, a Polish based group of companies. 

Sander has an engineering background from the University of Delft and started his career deploying ERP systems throughout Europe moving from European hub to hub over a period of 4 years before settling back in Amsterdam. He also holds an MSc in Economics and an MBA from the University of Amsterdam.
Kalo Bagijn
Kalo Bagijn
Kalo was one of BinckBank’s founders, the bank that was the first to direct access to the stock exchange for every private investor. 

Today he is a director at the online pension bank Brand New Day Bank, which he co-founded with fellow BinckBank founder Thierry Schaap in 2011. Kalo is a guru when it comes to financial services based on new technology and is therefore a big support for Blanco.
Willem Meijer
Willem Meijer
Willem has spent his whole career in the financial industry. After his last position as CEO for TOM (The Order Machine), Willem started his own company in the area of strategic advice, Interim-management, supervision and mediation. 

Additionally, he’s an independent director at the Enterprise Division (Amsterdam Court of Appeal), and he holds a position in the Supervisory Board of Euroclear.
Leen Meijaard
Leen Meijaard
Leen has more experience in finance than anyone. Currently, he’s the chairman of the Supervisory board of Achmea Investment Management. Most recently, he was a member of the Executive Committee for EMEA at BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world. Prior to that he worked for Fidelity and Robeco. 

In addition, Leen holds a number of supervisory seats, including at Ajax, Amsterdam’s champions league football club. Leen provides important support in our clients contacts and our product strategy.

Join our team

Drop us a line, or select one of the vacancies below if you feel this could become your future workspace.

At Blanco, we’re about creating win-win situations. 

We’re not selfishly focused on our own interest nor on winning by defeating others, so common in financial industry culture. Just like we believe in the symbiosis of technology and human knowledge, we feel that both team work and close cooperation with our clients is the way ahead. We want to create win-win situations. And we’re happy to let our clients get all the credits. Because in the end it’s not about us. It’s about you and your clients. 

Quality is what we continuously strive for.

We prefer to Just Do It’ and let the quality of both our technology and our expert services do the talking. We believe in aligning our interest with our client’s, in order to develop the best products and services: our technology and services are based on our extensive knowledge of the financial industry and are aimed at lowering costs and removing complexity. Together with our expert services, we’re making things breathtakingly efficient and simple for all.