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PROGRAMMES

We have various programmes and solutions for entrepreneurs to enable business growth. Our programmes are designed to suit the various business life cycle needs as well as the needs of our corporate clients and funders who run entrepreneurial development programmes.

Our Programmes

GrindstoneXL programme

Every year a limited number of scale-up entrepreneurs participate in our highly successful GrindstoneXL programme, where participants are taken through a nine-month duration of intense learning, scaling and growth by looking at everything required to become highly fundable. We take a deconstructed due diligence approach and cover topics from value proposition to delivery methods to pricing, customer acquisition and retention, IP, people management and financial and governance processes. Business fundamentals are covered in detail with the aim of making scale-ups highly fundable. We do a call annually for participants, and of the 100s who apply, a maximum of twenty are selected for the programme. Don’t miss the boat if you are a scale-up ready for further growth!

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Sponsorships

Grindstone has various programmes and streams that we run on an annual basis. Corporates and funders can sponsor one or many different streams under the sponsorship option, suited to their needs. Sponsorship carries a base amount as well as options such as sponsoring free advice, mentoring, office space, meeting rooms, etc.

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Corporate Programmes

Corporates can allocate funding to bespoke programmes they want to run through innovation budgets, Enterprise Development or Skills Development budgets for entrepreneurs who meet their objectives, and who are in their supply chain objectives. Grindstone tailor-makes the programme curriculum based on the client’s needs.

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Online academy

Our online academy has the content you need as an entrepreneur, in short, consumable units, to improve your skills and knowledge in areas including Culture & Strategy; Sales & Marketing; Market Positioning & Messaging; IP, Product & Technical; Finance, Valuation and Exit; HR; and Legal Compliance. The online videos and content allow you to learn at your own pace.

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FMGR course

Our flagship Find – Make – Grow – Realise participative, case-study-driven course is designed to provide entrepreneurs and those working with entrepreneurs an understanding of building and growing business and equipping participants on how to prepare for and find investment.

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Donor funding

Donors can allocate funding to bespoke programmes they want to run through their funds from budgets allocated to entrepreneurial development. Robust monitoring and evaluation, as well as bespoke reporting forms part of the value proposition of donor-funded run programmes.

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Assessments

We believe that for true growth to occur in any business, it is imperative that a view is taken of the entrepreneur as well as the business. We have a range of assessments that we use to find a baseline for both the entrepreneur and the business. If you want to take any of these assessments, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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How to get involved


Sponsorships

Corporates & Funders

Corporates and funders can sponsor one or many different streams under the sponsorship options

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs can benefit from programmes sponsored by Corporates & Funders and should satisfy qualification requirements of the bespoke programme and already be part of the corporate’s initiatives

Corporate Bespoke Programmes

Corporates & Funders

Corporates can allocate funding to bespoke programmes they want to run through innovation budgets, Enterprise Development or Skills Development budgets for entrepreneurs who meet their objectives, and who are in their supply chain objectives

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs can benefit from programmes sponsored by Corporates, and should satisfy qualification requirements of the bespoke programme and already be part of the corporation’s initiatives

FMGR Course

Corporates & Funders

Can sponsor or fund a Find-Make-Grow-Realise programme for internal staff or externally for entrepreneurs in their supply chain or linked to specific corporate objectives

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs fund their own training.

Entrepreneurs can also participate as part of sponsored or funded FMGR programmes, if they are already part of the corporate’s programmes. Set recruitment rounds are allocated to selection.


Online Academy

Corporates & Funders

Can fund online training of entrepreneurs in their programmes already or for internal staff

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs fund their own training.

Entrepreneurs can also participate as part of sponsored or funded programmes, if they are already part of the corporate’s programmes. Set recruitment rounds are allocated to selection.

Entrepreneurs can also fund their own training

Donor Funding

Corporates & Funders

Donors can allocate funding to bespoke programmes they want to run through donor funds from budgets allocated to entrepreneurial development

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs could be selected to participate in some of the programmes, depending on objectives and requirements from the funder. Set recruitment rounds are allocated to selection

Grindstone XL Programme

Corporates & Funders

Corporates and funders can sponsor Grindstone XL programmes

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs fund their own programme.

Entrepreneurs can also participate as part of sponsored or funded Grindstone XL programme. Set recruitment rounds are allocated to selection


Assessments

Corporates & Funders

Corporates can include assessments as part of their funded programmes

Entrepreneurs Directly

Entrepreneurs fund their own assessments