The first Grindstone UK & Channel Islands program has begun in Jersey thanks to a partnership between the South African accelerator Grindstone and Digital Jersey.
The six-month acceleration program, which is sponsored by a number of businesses, including Polygon Collective and KischIP, among others, will assist 10 high-growth, innovation-driven scale-ups through in-depth coaching and mentorship centered on market access and funding possibilities.
The hybrid program, called Grindstone UK & Channel Islands, combines in-person workshops and events while leveraging Digital Jersey’s thriving innovation hub and vibrant tech ecosystem to help scale-ups from South Africa, Jersey, and the UK gain access to markets and funding.
“Together with our sponsors and partners, we aim to catalyse a community of highly innovative post-revenue scale-ups to support the sustainable economic growth of Jersey’s digital industry and contribute to Digital Jersey’s goal of becoming an internationally regarded digital center,” Philip Faure, the Grindstone programme director based in Jersey.
The program seeks to identify 10 of the most innovative, scalable technology scale-ups registered in South Africa, Jersey, or the United Kingdom in order to build a diverse cohort as part of our growth engineering approach. The program aims to bring international expansion as a key tenet to the scale-ups.