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Grindstone, in collaboration with Usaid Southern Africa Mobilizing Investment, has unveiled an innovative two-year program designed to fuel the growth of startups in South Africa.

Named “Grindstone Boost,” this initiative aims to support 40 startups annually, carefully selected from Grindstone’s alumni and other key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Kicking off in July 2024, the program will offer participants mentorship, expert coaching, and essential back-office services spanning finance, marketing, technology, operations, and legal domains.

At its core, Grindstone Boost seeks to address the long-term sustainability of startups by providing tailored support to fortify their operational foundations, refine their brand identity, and harness technology for scalable growth. Through personalized guidance from industry experts, startups will be equipped with the tools needed to overcome obstacles and capitalize on growth opportunities.

The collaboration between Grindstone and Usaid Mobilizing Investment is poised to not only nurture individual startups but also elevate the overall investment environment in Southern Africa. By identifying and addressing critical gaps hindering growth, the program aims to position participating startups for future funding opportunities and forge strategic partnerships for customer acquisition and corporate collaboration.

With the partnership agreement signed earlier this year, Grindstone has wasted no time in launching a recruitment drive to onboard the first cohort of startups. The program’s holistic approach, combined with a focus on sustainable growth, underscores a commitment to fostering a thriving startup ecosystem in South Africa.

As Grindstone Boost gains momentum, it emerges as a beacon of hope for startups, offering a pathway to success grounded in expertise, collaboration, and sustainable growth.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

2nd May, 2024

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