Grindstone Ventures

Grindstone Ventures is a female-led post-seed fund that invests post-seed equity and quasi-equity Investments in early-stage innovation-driven and/or technology companies with strong intellectual property and evident growth potential, with the aim of delivering capital growth and sustainable cash yields over the long term.

You have to be a Grindstone alumni or current cohort participant to apply.

Our Purpose & Vision

Grindstone Ventures is a female-led post-seed fund that supports post-seed equity and quasi-equity investments in early-stage innovation-driven and/or technology companies with strong intellectual property, evident growth potential, with the aim of delivering capital growth and sustainable cash yields over the long term.

The Fund aims to make medium to long-term investments in our Grindstone Accelerator companies that are primarily domiciled, headquartered or founded in South Africa, or that conduct principal business activities within South Africa that will advance market access for Grindstone companies.

Our secret sauce lies in our robust Grindstone Accelerator which enables innovation-driven tech startups to access Knowledge, Networks, Funding and Markets, and preparing companies for exponential growth.

Our Key Partners

Managing Partner

Catherine Young

Investment Partner

Andrea Böhmert

Investment Partner

Keet van Zyl

Successful Track Record:

Noticeable exits from previous Grindstone cohorts
Over 50% Grindstone cohort companies have received funding across our cohorts to date
More than $50mil funding raised to date by Grindstone cohort companies

Investment Themes

FIND

Find the best investments through robust recruitment and enablement of our Grindstone Accelerator cohorts

MAKE

Making post-seed investments into qualifying Grindstone cohorts to enable readying the businesses for future growth

GROW

Growing the business to the next level where they become Series A investment ready, and providing a pipeline to our Venture Capital partners

REALISE

Successfully realise strategic objectives of the investments, resulting in high returns for stakeholders

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