HDFC Bank today announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 100X.VC, a leading early-stage venture capital firm, to engage more deeply with the startup community. The bank will extend its full suite of specialised services and facilities tailored for startups, known as Smart-Up, to all the firms associated with 100X.VC. It will also extend additional credit facilities and evaluate investment opportunities in these startups.
With this MoU, HDFC Bank and 100X.VC will work together in mutually beneficial areas. The venture capital firm will recommend HDFC Bank as the primary bank for all its investee companies. Through such collaboration, the bank hopes to enhance the ecosystem by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.
HDFC Bank and 100X.VC will also conduct joint programmes for startups such as master classes. Additionally, the bank will evaluate startups referred to it by 100X.VC for investment and extending loans.
The MoU was signed by Abhishek Deshmukh, Branch Banking Head – Maharashtra and Yagnesh Sanghrajka – Founder & CFO, 100X.VC in the presence of Sanjay Mehta, Founder & Partner, 100X.VC; Ninad Karpe – Partner, 100X.VC, and other senior bank officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Abhishek Deshmukh, Branch Banking Head – Maharashtra, HDFC Bank, said, “India is among the largest and fastest-growing startup ecosystems in the world. In the first half of 2022 alone, 15 startups have emerged as unicorns. In the past decade, we have seen the rebirth of the startup ecosystem with a more sustainable business model in the form of venture capital. 100X.VC has done transformational work in the early-stage ecosystem since their launch three years ago and we hope to leverage their expertise in mentoring startups identified by HDFC bank. Together, we hope to continue growing our objectives of contributing to the Indian startup ecosystem.”
Highlighting the collaboration with HDFC Bank, Yagnesh Sanghrajka, Founder and CFO at 100X.VC said, “We are excited to join hands with HDFC Bank in line with the bank’s ‘SmartUp’ initiative. Under this programme, we will jointly nurture emerging startup ideas, and cultivate them with 100X.VC first cheque seed capital and HDFC Bank’s banking services and access to credit seamlessly. 100X.VC and HDFC Bank are fully invested in the development of great ideas. The mentoring and resources provided under this programme will ensure that tomorrow’s entrepreneurs are given the freedom to innovate and prosper.”
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