<span;>The state government on Saturday launched a Rs 100 crore Startup Odisha Growth Fund (OSGF) with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) as the fund manager. After the initial corpus of Rs 100 crore gets exhausted, the government would consistently replenish the fund ensuring continuous long-term support for startups, officials said.

<span;>SIDBI will serve as the fund manager for the growth fund and responsible for shaping its investment strategy and managing its portfolio. The OSGF (fund of funds) is dedicated to investing Rs 100 crore over five years through alternative investment funds (AIF) in Odisha-based startups. The collaboration is set to play a crucial role in bolstering the MSME sector, which contributes 33 per cent to India’s GDP and generates over 120 million jobs.

<span;>Development commissioner Anu Garg said,  “With the fund, our endeavour is to make Odisha the preferred destination for entrepreneurs. The support to initiatives like this will help the budding entrepreneurs to grow, startups to thrive and the MSME ecosystem to become stronger.”

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