SBI launches dedicated branch for start-ups in Bengaluru

SBI launches dedicated branch for start-ups in Bengaluru

SBI launches dedicated branch for start-ups in Bengaluru

State Bank of India launched its wealth management offering and inaugurated a dedicated branch for start-ups here today.

While the wealth management service 'Exclusif' is targeted at the fast-growing affluent segment in the country, 'SBI InCube' -the branch for start-ups - would offer advisory services to the budding entrepreneurs under one roof, SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya told reporters here.

Initially, SBI InCube would not be providing loans, but give start-ups financial management services, she said. However, the bank would love to give them loans when they turn more mature than, Bhattacharya said.

"Actually funding could be done when they become a little more mature or they have sufficient number of orders for scaling the companies. Surely, then they can become good  candidates for funding," she said.

Asked whether SBI would help start-ups to raise funds from equity market, she said, as of now, it is not the bank's part of the mandate. 'SBI InCube' would be useful to start-ups because they need financial management advice apart from providing financial help.

"We still believe we will be useful to the start-ups though we are not giving them financial help, because financing is not the only thing that start-ups need. What they really need is a lot of financial management advice. So, we hope this kind of service will help them a lot," she said.

To a query, SBI Managing Director (National Banking Group) Rajnish Kumar said after Bengaluru, the bank is thinking of launching the project in Pune and NCR, as much of start-up activities are taking place in these three centres.

Talking about the partnerships, Bhattacharya said the  bank has been in touch with its mentors including former  Infosysians Mohandas Pai and Nandan Nilekani who are guiding it on needs of start-up companies.

On SBI Exclusif, Bhattacharya said it proposes to bring to customers a completely different and new approach to interacting with the Bank. The customers will have access to a dedicated Relationship Manager to take care of all their banking and investment needs.

Further, customers will have access to the best products across categories from market leading institutions as the bank has introduced an open platform, Bhattacharya said.