What we look for:


  • Seed stage or early stage start - ups. Maybe just an idea or not in existent for more than two years. 
  • Founders or idea owners must be cool. 
  • Your idea must be something the world needs.
  • Applications from any part of the world 


What we provide:


  • We provide seed capital. 
  • Selected teams (of 2) get to work from hub space in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal or Egypt. (depending on the requirement of the business,  project specifications  and geographical location  )
  • Weekly meetings with coaches to test and validate ideas, and product development at every phase 
  • We get together once a year to celebrate our successes and yours, and tell the world how awesome you are. 
  • You access our network of founders, CEOs, Investors, Suppliers, Coaches,  Angel Investors, Do-Gooders to grow your business 
  • We directly support sales and marketing drive
  • We provide business development services and market intelligence
  • We provide a team of 2 volunteers’  staff to work directly with you. 
  • We can build your website, manage your social media and overall business brand 
  • Business registration 
  • Training and mentoring. 


Applications are open to all applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years as at the day of application
  • The idea must be original; either at ideation stage or seed stage
  • Residence of the applicant doesn’t matter as far as their idea provides a solution for developing nations and applicants are willing to set up first in Africa.
  • Applicants must be willing to spend considerable amount of time on the idea to ensure success.




GRINDSTONE COHORT 1 and Fellowship Program:


November 1st, 2018-March,30th, 2019

Application begins on the 1st of November, 2018 and Closes on the 30th  of March 2019

April 8-13: Interviews

Application Evaluation, Shortlist and Interviews


April 30th: Announce winners

June 10th, 2019

Program begins.