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Grindstone 8 and 9 Accelerator | Application

Thank you for your interest in Grindstone. This questionnaire kicks off the application process and helps us to establish if your company is eligible to join the programme. 

It contains 45 questions and takes on average less than 30 minutes to complete. 

These are the 7 main qualities we are looking for in application companies: 

- A South African registered company.
- Post-revenue with some customer traction.
- A dynamic team of awesome people.
- Innovative business offering with a clear competitive differentiator.
- Scalable business model.
- At least R500k turnover per annum.
- At least five resources working in the business (permanent employees or outsourced / consultants / services).

Grindstone is an equity-free accelerator programme, the programme fees each year go towards seeding the Grindstone Ventures fund. 

For those companies seeking funding, Grindstone also serves as potential deal pipeline generator for Grindstone Ventures (a post-seed, pre-Series-A fund) or Knife Capital/KNF Ventures (Series-A fund).

As a by-product of the programme all Grindstone company founders, by the nature of the fees in which they pay, become passive angel investors in Grindstone companies that receive investment from Grindstone Ventures.

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All specific company information provided is kept in confidence and any results will only be communicated in an aggregate format across all applicants.

Whomever submits the company information is authorised by the company to do so and the information is accurate and up-to-date on the date of submission.  

Press the purple button to begin your Application.