Keet van Zyl
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Keet van Zyl commented on Silicon Cape Initiative's blog post New Executive Committee of Silicon Cape Announced
"Nicely done and good luck to the new Exco! Great foundation to work from, dynamic leadership and has all the key components of Brad Feld's 'Boulder Thesis' framework for successful Startup Communities: 1. Entrepreneurs must lead the…"
Marc Herson commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post Why the iKubu Garmin Exit is Extra-Special!
"Well done!"
Jan 22
Keet van Zyl is now friends with Vasilios Kottas Bonel, Reginald Labuschagne and Gerhard van der Westhuizen
Oct 29, 2014
Keet van Zyl commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post A chance to attend #ExitConf and position your co for a successful exit!
"We couldn't decide between the two, so winners of tickets to #ExitConf 15 May are: @malanjoubert & Jamie @Expise.  Tweets:  Malan Joubert > #ExitConf sounds like a really great idea. Getting investment…"
May 2, 2014
Louw Barnardt commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post W/Cape Investment Readiness Course + Access to Angel Investors
"Thank you, Keet! What a great opportunity for young businesses to learn about investment-readiness from the masters. Outsourced CFO will be gunning for a spot as one of the 30 participants."
Nov 14, 2013
Alon Lichtenstein commented on Keet van Zyl's blog post Apply for the new Grindstone Accelerator growth & funding platform
"This looks like a phenomenal opportunity! I'm so bummed I'm in NYC... Would have loved to have been involved. Is there anything the public might be able to see along the way? Will be a groovy journey. Thanks for continuing to build…"
Aug 2, 2013
Keet van Zyl is now friends with Wouter Grove and Brandon Muller
May 14, 2013
Keet van Zyl replied to Vinny Lingham's discussion Seed Funding in South Africa/Silicon Cape
"Hey Vinny, Al and other contributors to this stream... Great debate and would love to add my 2c worth in a proper response on VC (more like Growth Equity) in SA and Angel Investing. But time = enemy. I do agree with Gareth that the big Red Flag and…"
Jun 7, 2012
Keet van Zyl commented on Giles Douglas's group Venture Capital
"Work with AngelHub > Just last night we had a great pitching event in Cape Town where 3 exciting startups pitched to a room full of (real) Angels Investors. Also see: "
Mar 8, 2012
Keet van Zyl and David Blumenstein are now friends
Feb 27, 2012
Keet van Zyl and Jon Bohmer are now friends
Aug 21, 2011
Keet van Zyl and jonathancrossland are now friends
Jul 23, 2011
Keet van Zyl and Nick Bradshaw are now friends
Jul 2, 2011
Keet van Zyl is attending Sylvia Gruber's event

Silicon Cape Academy - Funding for start-ups at Alba Lounge (above Hildebrand Restaurant)

June 23, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm
Dear Silicon Cape Startups We are launching an exciting new initiative called the Silicon Cape Academy: a monthly educational event covering important topics for tech startups. For every different topic we have partnered with industry experts to provide you with practical advice on how to better start and grow your own company. Our aim is to assist you to become better, more succesful entrepreneurs. The first topic will be: Funding for StartupsWe have 3 different speakers from the 3 different…See More
Jun 19, 2011
Keet van Zyl and Francois Olwage are now friends
May 6, 2011
Keet van Zyl commented on Justin Stanford's blog post PoweredbyVC exits CSense to GE – Interview with Keet van Zyl
"Good comment by George. If broken down in three groups: FOUNDERS/ PRINCIPALS ~ In general (as in this case) the expectations and strategy of the founders/ principals and key management team is aligned with the VC as they shoot for a specific exit…"
Apr 21, 2011

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Keet van Zyl's Blog

Knife Capital Grindstone Programme Raises The SME Acceleration Stakes

Thirteen scale-up companies selected to partner with Knife Capital in engineering growth.

High growth Investment Company, Knife Capital’s entrepreneurial development programme, Grindstone, has launched its second year with thirteen participating companies aiming to experience significant business growth.

Last year, the interventions of the year-long program enabled ten companies to…


Posted on January 28, 2015 at 13:00

Why the iKubu <> Garmin Exit is Extra-Special!

With the news breaking yesterday that Garmin acquired South African radar startup iKubu, the excitement in SiliconCape can almost be touched. It has been a real privilege being part of the deal team, but here are some of my reasons why this deal is extra-special to me:

  • Franz, Nolan and Denho are some of the nicest guys in the…

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Final Call: Grindstone Accelerator 2015 Applications


Grindstone is Knife Capital's year-long entrepreneurial development programme to assist post-revenue scalable innovation-driven businesses in accelerating strategy execution.

Grindstone supplies 10 companies annually with knowledge, networks and funding readiness…


Posted on October 29, 2014 at 7:58

Grindstone Accelerator - Entrepreneurial Growth Journeys [Event]

After the success of Grindstone-1, Knife Capital has commenced the process of selecting the next 10 companies for our year-long entrepreneurial development programme to assist post-revenue scalable innovation-driven businesses in accelerating strategy execution.

[See Grindstone-1 results here: ]

On the morning of Mon 13 Oct, we are hosting a thought-provoking session with…


Posted on October 2, 2014 at 9:00

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