We've worked with hundreds of startups for more than a decade, and the age old adage of 'it takes at least ten years to reach overnight success' is not too far from the truth.
Growth engineering takes a focused approach to enabling a startup to grow into a scaleup, and we love to be along for the journey. It takes time and perseverance, but we have seen very few of the businesses who have entered this journey with Grindstone not still being around.
We’re helping to cross your new frontiers and forge your new connections to help you succeed. A pragmatic, custom-built approach per business is the only way to grow as no business is the same. We have learnt that getting funding and market access ready is usually the start to a journey of many years, forging trust and belief in the impossible.
We know that one-size-fits-all programmes don’t work, because not every entrepreneur’s journey is the same. That’s why our programmes are based on identifying and addressing the gaps at different stages of the business lifecycle. Even if bespoke interventions mean harder work for us and our entrepreneurs, our experience has taught us that bespoke interventions result in tangible outcomes.
Combining access to Knowledge, Networks, Funding and Markets make for the perfect combination of understanding your business goals and scaling your business. Come along with us.
Our mission is to empower startups to grow, scale and exit. We work with founders at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey, providing expert guidance, essential resources and access to networks and markets so startups attract more customers and enjoy increased funding opportunities.
Our passion to create a thriving ecosystem of innovative and successful companies around the world has led our evolution into a global growth engineer.
And we have only started. We will continue to expand our Grindstone footprint across the globe to grow startups into scaleups, and scaleups into unicorns.
Grindstone consists of various programmes and initiatives, namely the Grindstone Accelerator, which engineers high-growth entrepreneurship, and Grindstone Ventures, a female-led and majority owned post-seed fund dedicated to Grindstone cohort innovation-driven companies with demonstrated potential.
Grindstone is jointly owned by leading venture capital firm Knife Capital and African entrepreneur ecosystem player Thinkroom Limited, assisting high-growth startups to become sustainable and fundable.
Our team has one thing in common. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship. We believe in what a small business can do for the economy of a household, a country, a continent and the globe. We believe that entrepreneurs are key contributors to creating jobs and changing lives. We believe in unicorns, and we believe that anything is possible. We believe in innovation and a future that unfolds as fast as you want it to. And we believe in the power of ecosystems who work together for the greater benefit of the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is at the centre of everything we do. And that is why we can do what we do, so successfully.