The proposed measures, expected to be announced this week after final clearance from the board of the regulatory body, would mark a greater use of latest technology in the marketplace and also help entrepreneurs in various emerging sectors including e-commerce to tap the markets.
The final norms have been finalised after taking into account suggestions from all stakeholders to the two separate sets of draft guidelines floated by Sebi earlier this year, sources said.
Under the new norms for startups, Sebi will provide 'Alternate Capital Raising Platform', which will allow such firms to raise funding from institutions and high net worth individuals from the capital markets.

However, due to the risks involved, retail investors would not be allowed to invest in such companies. Besides, the entire pre-issue capital would be locked-in for a period of six months for all shareholders.
At present, promoters are required to offer a minimum of 20 percent of post-issue capital as lock-in for a period of three years.
Besides, Sebi would make easier disclosure norms for startup listing. While filing the draft offer document with the capital market watchdog, such firms would only need to disclose broad objectives in line with the major international jurisdictions.
These norms will apply to companies which are in the area of software product development, e-commerce, new-age companies having innovative business model. The new regulations are expected to help startup companies raise funds within India and stop their flight to overseas markets.

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