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The ESS aims to merge and replace all the previous schemes titled the Entrepreneur Support Scheme 2012 to be operated in the State of Kerala. All MSMEs engaged in manufacturing activities are eligible for assistance. The scheme is operational w.e.f. 01.04.2012


  • Extend support to micro, small and medium enterprises
  • Give support to entrepreneurs by optimal utilization of funds and by giving more flexibility of operation
  • Sanctioning Authority

    All assistances under the ESS shall be sanctioned by

  • The General Manager (District Industries Centre) - For startup Support
  • District Level Committee - For Fixed Capital Investment below Rs. 200.00 lakhs
  • State Level Committee - For Fixed Capital Investment above Rs. 200.00 lakhs
  • State Level Committee

    1. Director of Industries & Commerce (Chairman)
    2. Representative of Finance Department in Government
    3. Managing Director, KSIDC
    4. Managing Director, KFC
    5. Director –MSME (DI)
    6. Representative of KSSIA State Committee
    7. Convenor, State Level Bankers committee or representative
    8. Additional Director of Industries and Commerce-General (Member Secretary)

    District Level Committee

    1. District Collector (Chairman)
    2. Lead District Manager
    3. Representative of Finance Department in Government
    4. District Manager, KFC
    5. Representative of KSSIA District Committee
    6. General Manager, District Industries Centre (Member Secretary)

    The ESS provides

    Stages in Entrepreneur Support Scheme

    1st stage - Startup Support

    The Startup support is provided for enterprises prior to commencement of commercial production. The assistance is limited to 50% of the total eligible support limited to Rs 3 lakhs on sanctioning the term loan from the bank.

    2nd stage - Investment Support

    Investment Support is provided after the commencement of commercial production. The entrepreneurs shall apply within one year from the date commencement of production. Enterprises undertaking Expansion, Diversification and Modernization are also eligible for invest support.

    3rd stage - Technology Support

    Technology Support after commencing production on acquiring new technology. Shall apply for technology support within 6 months from the date of commencement after installing the new technology form authorized agencies.

    Enterprises under Priority Sector

  • Rubber based industries
  • Readymade Garments
  • Biotechnology based industries
  • Biodegradable plastic industries
  • Bio fertilizer industries
  • Agro based and Food processing industries
  • Industries manufacturing equipment and machinery for non conventional energy generation
  • 100% export oriented units
  • Plastic waste recycling industries
  • Enterprises under Negative List

  • Service Enterprises
  • Tailoring other than manufacturing of readymade garments
  • Saw mills
  • Asbestos processing
  • All types of Steel Re rolling Mills
  • Cement manufacturing except units manufacturing cement from fly ash
  • Cashew industrial units
  • Photo Studios and Colour Processing Centres
  • Breweries and Distilleries of all types
  • Soap Grade Sodium Silicate
  • Metal Crushers including Granite Manufacturing units
  • Units manufacturing iron ingots, Calcium Carbide
  • Potassium Chlorate
  • Power intensive units

  • ESS Guidelines Click Here
    The district industries centre could be contacted for more details and hand holding support for submitting the application for support. The application could be submitted online here
    Source :
    Setting up a business

    Guide to identify clearance / permit for your project .

    Why Kerala ?

    Kerala has the eighth largest economy in India, with high GDP and productivity figures

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