The UK & Channel Islands programme was established to facilitate international business growth through combining scale-ups from different geographic areas to enable greater knowledge sharing, international workshops covering various topics such as strategy, funding and valuations, Go-to-Market readiness, legal and intellectual property in different markets, and how these play out across different geographies as the scale-ups aim to grow.
Each scale-up will undergo detailed assessments to understand and analyse its current business life stage, with mentoring and coaching provided to address its key business gaps. Moreover, the scale-ups participating in the programme will gain access to market opportunities and funding options to accelerate their success.
The Grindstone UK & Channel Islands programme includes a residency week in September 2023, during which the scale-ups will visit Jersey to experience Digital Jersey’s robust tech ecosystem, network with other entrepreneurs, and witness the beauty of the island first- hand. Head of Business Development at Digital Jersey, Chris Knight said: “As part of our vision of innovation and digital transformation, we’re proud to host Grindstone’s well- established accelerator in Jersey. Scale-ups applying to the programme can anticipate a game-changing opportunity to collaborate with fellow innovators and tech leaders. The programme not only offers a fantastic opportunity for local innovators, but also has the potential to significantly bolster Jersey’s reputation as a digital jurisdiction on the international stage.”
Catherine Young, Managing Partner of Grindstone and Grindstone Ventures, expressed her excitement about the launch of the UK & Channel Islands accelerator in Jersey: ” Jersey, as the most connected island on earth, provides a natural home for disruptive solutions. We look forward to witnessing how these scale-ups leverage technological innovation to solve real-world challenges and contribute to the future well-being of society. The fact that we combine three geographic territories into one provides the scale-ups great opportunity for expansion and growth internationally.”