Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) ( is the nodal agency of Government of Kerala, to promote entrepreneurship by supporting product-technology and innovative startups.  Right from schools and colleges, KSUM has been implementing numerous schemes under name ‘Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme’, which transformed the startup ecosystem surging newer horizons. KSUM has collaborated with national and international partners to establish sector specific incubators & accelerators and launched many self-designed incubation & acceleration programmes. KSUM empowers startups all through their entrepreneurship journey by providing mentorships, business connects, networking, corporate collaborations, investor connects, financing supports, industry connects, enabling government procurements and so on. KSUM has received many national and international accolades for its leadership and accomplishments.



KSUM invites Expression of Interests from competent and experienced legal service providers or agencies to be empaneled with us. The legal providers must be registered in Kerala.


A) Documentation, Compliance verification & Vetting of documents

B) Litigation Works including legal advises and making appearances in the Court

C) Verification and field visits of parties

D) Advice and Guidance

This EOI is called for empaneling the agency with KSUM. The agency will be contacted when KSUM arise a requirement.


1. The agency should be having established network and offices in India including a fully operational office at Kerala

2. The agency should have completed operation for a minimum of 4 (Four) years since its inception/ formation/ enrollment, in rendering services.

3. The Law Firm should have an annual turnover of not less than Rs. 10 Lakhs for the previous years (i.e. 2019-‘20) and a certificate to this effect should be submitted from the Auditor of the Firm

4. No Blacklisted and strike-off agencies  are eligible


KSUM looks for agencies who are knowledgeable, competent, and experienced on the following:

Drafting and/or vetting of agreements for KSUM on requirement

Guiding and advising on the legal compliances and necessary actions for startups or KSUM with respect to Govt. of India

Advising KSUM regarding specific legal matters as and when required.

Representing KSUM in the court or for negotiations.

Advising startups regarding their rights and paper works at a subsidised cost.

Advising KSUM about Ministry of External Affairs and/or Govt. of India’s rules, guidelines, procedures, Govt. Orders and formalities for foreign collaborations or collaborative agencies

Knowledge on the legal side of startup equities, debt instruments, settlements etc

Preference: More than 2 years of experience in the mentioned activities

Period of engagement: 12 months

Last date of submission of EoI : 19th Sep 2020

Selection Procedure

Selection will be based on the competency and experience of the agency. Selection may be done as follows

1. Submission of Expression of Interest (Form I)

2. Shortlisting matching eligibility

3. Inviting for presentations

4. Final evaluation and selection based on the presentations before a committee decided by KSUM


This EOI is called for empaneling the agency with KSUM. The agency will be contacted when KSUM arise a requirement. The remuneration will be paid upon availing a service and based on case to case.

Resource allocation:

The agency to allocate a resource on hourly basis or daily basis or in any other mode as required by KSUM.


KSUM reserves the right to custom, cancel, suspend or terminate any aspects of the EoI processes at any time, without giving prior notice and KSUM will not be bound by this EoI. Interested agencies shall submit the Expression of interest within 14 days from date of release of this notification.