The RBI has allowed banks to allow start-ups to raise up External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) upto 3 million USD or equivalent during each financial year for a minimum average maturity period of 3 years. An entity recognised as a Start-up by the Central Government on date of raising ECB is eligible to raise such ECBs.
Such borrowing should be denominated in any freely convertible currency or in Indian Rupees (INR) or a combination thereof. The money raised can be used for any expenditure in connection with the business of company. The borrowing can be in the form of loan or nonconvertible, optionally convertible or partially convertible preference shares.
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