The Indian government announced last week that they have approved Rs 10,000 crore ‘Fund of Funds for Startups with an aim of generating employment for 18 lakh people. “The fund is expected to generate employment for 18 lakh persons on full deployment…A corpus of Rs 10,000 crore could potentially be the nucleus for catalysing Rs 60,000 crore of equity investment and twice as much debt investment,” an official statement said. ‘Fund of Funds for Startups’ (FFS) was approved in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Cabinet has approved the establishment of ‘Fund of Funds for Startups’ (FFS) at Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for contribution to various Alternative Investment Funds (AIF), registered with SEBI which would extend funding support to startups,” it said. This is in accordance with the ‘Startup India Action Plan’ that government unveiled in January. Based on the progress of the scheme and availability of funds, the corpus will be built up over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles. “This would provide a stable and predictable source of funding for startup enterprises and thereby facilitate large scale job creation,” it added. An amount of Rs 500 crore has already been provided to the corpus of FFS in 2015-16 and Rs 600 crore allocated in the 2016-17.