GAME And SIDBI To Launch NBFC Growth Accelerator Program For MSMEs The first phase of the program involves design of a comprehensive, actionable, granular report with the programme structure, piloting strategy, and implementation plan for NGAP by GAME

By Teena Jose

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Ravi Venkatesan, founder, GAME

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME), a mass entrepreneurship enablement platform and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the principal financing body of small enterprises, on Wednesday, announced their joint partnership to launch the NBFC Growth Acceleration Program (NGAP).

"The ultimate goal of the NGAP framework is to enable a larger set of NBFCs to get access to institutional funding at a reasonable rate, so the benefit can be passed on to the MSMEs. NBFCs are ideally suited to service the MSE segment and by creating a model of capability building, NGAP will be a sustainable model benefitting the funding institutions, NBFCs and MSMEs. NGAP will ensure a pipeline of strong NBFCs focused on MSME lending at scale," said Ravi Venkatesan, founder, GAME.

In an official release, it is stated that, the first phase of the program involves design of a comprehensive, actionable, granular report with the programme structure, piloting strategy, and implementation plan for NGAP by GAME. The report will also include criteria for evaluation and selection of around 20 NBFCs that are small in size but focussed on the MSE segment to be part of the pilot cohort.

Furthermore, it also added that the goal of NGAP is to have a structured model on the lines of global accelerators which will help small NBFCs that cater to MSEs in tier 3 and 4 cities or to the urban MSEs that serve as the lowest rung of suppliers in a longer value chain, in order to build their capability and make them eligible for institutional funding from bank or larger NBFCs.

"SIDBI as a Development Institution, is endeavouring to build capacities of smaller NBFCs, in different geographies and sectors , to enable them to receive bank credit at reasonable rates . This will enhance the flow of assistance to the MSME sector. The NGAP should help address shortcomings in the overall functioning of the NBFC and thus give greater confidence to banks to lend to smaller unrated NBFCs," said Sivasubramanian Raman, CMD, SIDBI.

The program will include – Assessment framework to arrive at a baseline and appropriate capability building interventions for the NBFCs to scale. The interventions will leverage experts and mentors from the larger ecosystem and will include multiple dimensions. It includes funding from SIDBI to such NBFCs that emerge strongly from the capacity building program thereby indicating readiness of cohort participants to apply for funding from Banks/FIs will be assessed by a third-party audit at the end of the program. Also, NGAP is expected to be rolled out with active engagement of SIDBI from August 2023.

Teena Jose

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Teena is a post graduate in financial journalism. She has an avid interest in content creation, digital media and fashion.

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