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

Why Astia?

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.


Key 2011 Dates

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


About Astia

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.