GRINDSTONE

Providing startups and early stage businesses with access to capital, training, tech and business support; while also providing innovative crowdfunding instruments to allow for community support and investment in Grindstone Alumni Network. 

 

Training

We provide practical, hands-on training to increase your chances of business success. We have failed so many times in business, so we know how not to fail. Join us and we will show you how

Support

We provide continuous coaching and business support after the training. From marketing, to technology applications, scaling to operations management.

Funding

Through our various Innovative Crowd Funding Instruments, and the Capital Investors Africa we provide seed funding to entrepreneurs

THE FINE DETAILS

Creating businesses & top-end entrepreneurs like never before.

  • Get 15-40 entrepreneurs/startups once every 6 months, train them for three months and provide funding.  You don’t need a business plan to apply. Just fill our online form and take our personal interviews.  

 

  • Start something people want and we will give you or help you find the resources you need to succeed. 

 

  • You don’t have an idea but still want to learn how to build a company? Join our “Business Startup Class”  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Applications are open to all applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years as at the day of application
  • The idea must be original; either at ideation stage or seed stage
  • Residence of the applicant doesn’t matter as far as their idea provides a solution for developing nations and applicants are willing to set up first in Africa.
  • Applicants must be willing to spend considerable amount of time on the idea to ensure success.

What we look for:

  • Seed stage or early stage start-ups. Maybe just an idea or not in existent for more than two years. 
  • Founders or idea owners must be cool. 
  • Your idea must be something the world needs.
  • Applications from any part of Africa

What we provide:

  • We provide training and access to capital. 
  • Accommodation, workspace, Internet access for 4 weeks. 
  • Weekly meetings with coaches to test and validate ideas, and product development at every phase  
  • We get together once year to celebrate our successes and yours, and tell the world how awesome you are. 
  • You access our network of founders, CEOs, Investors, Suppliers, Coaches, Angel Investors, Do-Gooders to grow your business 
  • We directly support sales and marketing drive

APPLICATION OPENS IN NOVEMBER, 2019.