Impact-driven fintech Twinco Capital has raised €2.5m to expand its supply-chain financing business in another sign of the willingness of venture capital funds to back startups with a "tech for good" angle.
“The company needs to have the capacity and the margins to invest in those kinds of things, everything that has to do with women-related sanitary health, even things like sanitary pads actually improve the health of the workforce," she adds. "It reduces absenteeism in a very concrete way and improves productivity and improves the general working conditions in the factory."
Launched in 2018, Twinco has financed more than $2m in loans as part of its first financing programme in partnership with a Spanish fashion house. Nolasco says the Series A round, led by Finch Capital, will enable the company to scale its team as it prepares its second finance programme.
The only woman in the room
The female cofounder duo Nolasco and Carmen Marin say they are proud to be bringing greater gender representation to the world of south European fintech, with more than 35 years of experience in banking between them.
Nolasco, who has worked in banks across Europe, says Iberian professional culture in the financial sector still has a long way to go, “It's true that if you come down to Portugal and Spain I would say that the finance industry is still very male orientated and needs to do a lot of catching up.”
And while the startup world of fintech may be more advanced, Nolasco says her and Marin are still in the minority, “You're less often the only woman in the room. Having said that, I was presenting Twinco at an SME [small medium enterprise] finance forum in 2018, there were 14 companies and out of those 14 pitches I was the only woman.”
Nolasco says that it’s hugely gratifying to be helping women in vulnerable communities through their financing model and hopes Twinco will be able to strengthen communities in more locations as the company scales.