Over the past week, here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 40,000 startups.
Week of August 21-27, 2011
Wow! It’s been an exciting week. Here’s a sampling of news highlights of members of the BizSpark One program, identifying a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 40,000 startups.
Week of August 14-20, 2011
On Monday, one of the rising stars of the SaaS accounting world announced their US version and last night we went live with an offer to help BizSpark Startups take advantage of their solution.
We’re delighted to be offering Xero to BizSpark Startups.
From their base in Wellington, New Zealand, this startup always had global ambition and we love what they’re doing. From their verticalized set of cloud applications for accountants, and what they do with Dynamics CRM, these guys are building a world-class service, and a next generation accounting solution. The aim is to help small businesses (and accountants) become way more efficient. Part of their strategy is to support bank feeds.
We hope our BizSpark members can take advantage of this great offer – and please let us know if/when you do. We’re keen to know what you think.
Welcome to the US, Team Xero.
Every day, we’re excited to see the growth and successes emanating from the startups in the BizSpark program. The BizSpark One program identifies a small number of the best companies in BizSpark, which is now comprised of over 40,000 startups.
Whether it’s raising a new round of funding, winning startup competitions or being highlighted by analysts and media, we’re honored to recognize and work with these companies. Just over this past week, here are some of the news highlights of BizSpark One members –
Week of August 7-13, 2011
Microsoft is hosting the largest Startup Weekend event ever in the Bay Area on September 9-11 at the Mountain View campus. In partnership with Demo and Startup America, this is the first time that Startup Weekend is running 3 verticals during the same weekend – with a focus on Healthcare, Education, and Gaming.Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. At the Mega Weekend in September, each vertical will have a winning team and those 3 teams will get a booth at Demo, and a chance to win the audience choice award. The winner of the audience choice award will present on stage at Demo! This is a huge prize and will get your Startup Weekend idea amazing exposure.
Have an awesome idea you want to pitch? We’re inviting you to sign up NOW.
To make it even easier – how about $50 off the ticket price? Use code MSFT.
More info and registration at: mega.startupweekend.orgIt should be a fab mix of budding entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, geeks and hackers...
See you there….
Dear Women Entrepreneurs
Astia is seeking high-growth companies to join the Astia Portfolio.
Companies that apply before August 15, and are accepted to the Astia Portfolio, will on-ramp during the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program, October 10-15, 2011. We invite you to apply now to experience the next class of companies run by @AstiaSF
Astia’s network of over 1,100 advisors (investors, entrepreneurs, C-level executives) are committed to accelerating the success of companies with female co-founders or executives. Since 2003, over 60% of Astia Portfolio companies have received funding – with over $1 billion raised, 22 exits and 2 IPOs.
How does Astia do it?
With year-round programming, customized advisor matching, leadership training, investor connections and a strong peer-to-peer network, Astia supports companies at all stages of growth, providing the tools and guidance for identifying, focusing and accelerating towards key milestones to drive success.
Who should apply?
We seek entrepreneurs who THINK BIG and have an innovative business in a high-growth industry – such as technology, clean tech or life sciences. (Preferably software entrepreneurs please J). And it helps if you know how to leverage a network. Your team must include at least one female co-founder or C-level executive.
Silicon Valley – Astia’s Premier Entrepreneur Program
Developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Astia's Entrepreneur Program is about delivering results in every area of your business. During the intensive 6-day event, you will cultivate invaluable relationships with key players, get candid feedback from leading experts on developing strategies that support growth and work one-on-one with advisors to incorporate these strategies into your business. Format is a comprehensive 6-day workshop in San Francisco (hosted at the Microsoft offices in Market Street) followed by a 2-month program of personalized coaching from premier experts – so you start benefiting from the global ecosystem of Angels, VCs, corporations, and entrepreneurs that is Astia.
Click here to see criteria for applications.
Application Deadline* August 15
Registration for SV Program August 17 In-Person Screening Day September 8
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program October 10-15 Investor Forum November 29
Astia is a global non-profit organization built on a community of experts that provides innovative programs to exceptional women-led start-ups. Headquartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programs for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, Europe and India. Focused on tangible proven results, Astia is well positioned to work with start-ups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and develop the executive leadership of the women on the founding tea
The Astia model of engaging a community of experts to the benefit of the select start-ups it serves has resulted in an exceptional success rate: since 2003, 60% percent of companies that have participated in the Astia Investor Forums have secured funding or achieved an exit within one year of presenting, totaling more than a billion dollars raised and 21 exits, including two IPOs. Astia has had significant press coverage in major media channels including The New York Times, Businessweek, Forbes and The Financial Times. For more information, visit www.astia.org.