Missed a funding round by Tiger Global?
Passed over by Catamaran Ventures?
Wondering what it’d take to land an angel investor or seed funder when everyone who’s anyone is getting funded?
Small finance banks are here!
Budding and wannabe entrepreneurs can breathe a bit easy now. Late last month, the RBI granted new banking licenses to 23 entities, of which 10 were small finance banks.
These banks aim to lend in the Rs. 50,000 – 10 lakh range. While Micro-Finance Institutions lend upto only Rs. 1 lakh, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) do not lend below Rs. 10 lakh. Small finance banks slot the gap quite nicely.
Along with the government-sponsored MUDRA Bank initiative, entrepreneurs looking for funding to start a business or catalyze a venture beyond early startup phase can now look forward to more options than just private sources of funding like seed fund providers or angel investors.
MUDRA, for example, has already lent around Rs. 25,000 crore since April, when it was launched.
Entrepreneurs looking for alternative sources of startup capital thus never had it this good. They now have scalable initiatives by the RBI and the Central Govt to bank on.