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SINE, IIT Bombay and Canara Bank Forge Partnership for Startup Financing

A significant collaboration between Canara Bank and Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay was formalized on April 3rd through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU aims to facilitate financial assistance to startups, marking a pivotal moment for the startup ecosystem.

Objective of Collaboration

Canara Bank, through its Canara Start-Up Scheme, will provide financial aid for the establishment, promotion, and modernization of industrial units across India. SINE, as a renowned technology business incubator, offers comprehensive incubation and acceleration support for technology startups. The collaboration intends to empower startups with financial resources and expert guidance, fostering their growth and success.

Key Highlights

Signatories and Dignitaries:

The signing ceremony took place at the SINE office within the IIT Bombay Campus, attended by dignitaries such as Canara Bank’s Executive Director Sri Ashok Chandra, Sri Purshottam Chand (CGM Canara Bank Mumbai Circle office), Dr. V K Rao (Deputy Director Finance, IIT Bombay), Sri Santhosh Gharpure (Professor Incharge, IIT Bombay), and other executives from both Canara Bank and SINE.

Financial Support Criteria:

Canara Bank will extend financial assistance to startups with sustainable and viable business models, especially those supported by recognized incubators like SINE. The funding will be provided at attractive rates of interest (ROI), enhancing accessibility to capital for promising startups.

Dedicated Support Infrastructure:

A dedicated Start-Up Cell operates at MCB Fort Market Branch Mumbai to cater to the funding requirements of startups in Mumbai, ensuring streamlined and efficient financial support.

Presentation and Facility Tour:

Shaji Verghese, CEO of SINE, delivered a comprehensive presentation on SINE’s activities during the event. Additionally, Canara Bank officials embarked on a facility tour at the SINE building within the IIT Bombay premises, gaining insights into the incubation and acceleration support provided to startups.

This collaboration signifies a concerted effort to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth by bridging the gap between financial institutions and promising startups.

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