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All posts tagged "Grindstone accelerator"

  • Knife Capital announces participants in fourth cohort of Grindstone Accelerator

    Cape Town based venture capital firm Knife Capital today announced the 12 companies that will make up the fourth cohort of its Grindstone Accelerator programme. They include an online shopping assistant, a smart security platform and an insurtech company. The year-long programme -- which kicked off on 29 October -- aims to help innovative SA companies to become investable, sustainable and exit-ready. Knife Capital partner Keet van Zyl explained that the announcement of the cohort had been delayed until this week because Knife Capital has been busy closing two deals (one which is still to be announced) and because Knife didn't "want the story to get lost in the GEW...

  • Knife Capital launches fourth edition of Grindstone Accelerator programme

    Cape Town based venture capital firm Knife Capital has launched the fourth edition of its Grindstone Accelerator programme in partnership with Johannesburg-based management consultancy Thinkroom. Applications for the year-long programme – which aims to assist high-growth South Africa tech startups to become more “investable, sustainable and exit ready” – close 31 August. The programme’s selection process kicks off next month with an interactive Exit Readiness Workshop aimed at providing tangible information to 50 small businesses and unpacking some of Knife Capital’s exit case studies. Only 10 companies will be selected to join the year-long Grindstone Accelerator programme Thereafter, twenty companies will then be shortlisted for Grindstone’s...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015

    The second in-take of growth equity fund manager Knife Capital's tech startups is an interesting bunch. From popular names such as online payment service PayFast and ecommerce builder ShopStar to new and interesting ones such as CognaDev which assesses individuals for matching work environments and Mobinomics -- a company that develops operating systems for telcos, organisations and cities. Interestingly, this year the accelerator is upping its game even more after it's decided to expand its programme to include an additional three companies. "It was too difficult to cut it down to just ten participants," Keet van Zyl co-founder of Knife...

  • Knife Capital announces final call for Grindstone Accelerator 2015 intake

    The Cape Town, South Africa-based Grindstone Accelerator programme from Knife Capital is calling for its 2015 intake of scalable innovation-driven businesses. If you haven't heard, Knife Capital is a Southern African growth equity fund manager and advisory firm that focuses on innovation-driven ventures with proven traction. Its accelerator programme, Grindstone, sets out to supply ten companies annually with relevant networks, gap analysis, business support, coaching, funding, and so forth. With a strong belief in engineering growth, the accelerator's previous intake found that all ten companies experienced an average of 61% increase in revenue while mastering business fundamentals. A really exciting stat...

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