We are Blanco. Your invisible force in fintech.
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.
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
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.
If you want to deliver an elevator pitch, you might reach him on the badminton course or on his bike to work.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.