New Delhi, February 20: In a bid to extend the exclusive credit facility to Startups and MSMEs in India, state-owned Indian Bank has inked an MOU with the Society for Innovation and Development (SID), an initiative of the Indian Institute of Science. Under the pact, the Indian Bank will extend loans of up to Rs 50 crore to these startups for their working capital requirements or for the purchase of machinery, equipment among other things.

This initiative is a part of the Banks scheme Ind Spring Board for financing Startups and will empower Startups and MSMEs to realise their research efforts powered by financial support from the Bank and backed by incubation facilities offered by SID, it said in a release.

In its statement, the Bank said that SID is the forerunner in setting up joint R&D with industries and supporting start-up incubation, the bank said, it provides support to the MSME sector by providing joint research and development arrangements and technical and financial support for incubation and acceleration of high-end technology products under its department named TIME2. (Technology Innovation for Midsized Enterprises).

Under the MOU, SID will identify the start-ups and MSMEs based on their credentials and past experience and will refer the list of such members who require financial assistance to the Bank, it added.