Click Here to Apply to Astia today. Your application and submitted funding materials will be screened within Astia’s Expert Sift.
Ongoing funding opportunities include access to Astia Angels and Astia Venture Lunches (60+ accredited investors in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Pop-Up locations)
Process and Timing:
Once you apply, as your company progresses through Astia’s Expert Sift, you will receive email updates to inform you when you pass a screen. If you do not pass a screen, feedback is available upon request. Astia Angels have visibility into the entire screening process, and can invest in companies at any stage of the Expert Sift process.
1. Criteria Screen: Applicants are screened for the Astia criteria: visionary companies at any growth stage beyond concept-only, within the sectors of high tech, life sciences, clean tech, consumer tech, and high-growth consumer products and services. At a minimum, startups must have at least one woman in a position of leadership, holding equity and significant influence. Time frame: depending on volume of submissions, this can take 1-3 weeks.
2. Industry Screen: If a company passes Criteria Screen, experts with 15+ years of related industry experience review the company application, assessing company for proof of concept, defensible advantage, competitive strength, qualification of team, size of market opportunity, and overall likelihood of success. Time frame: 1-4 weeks.
3. Operations Screen: If a company passes Industry Screen, it is sent to Operations Screen, a virtual pitch and Q&A session to corporate executives and serial venture-backed entrepreneurs. Reviewers (known as our “C-Suite Committee) provide critical operational and management feedback during the webcast. They assess company for growth potential, strength of team and operations and readiness for angel and/or VC investment. Time frame: 1-2 weeks
4. Investor Screen: If company passes Operations Screen for Venture Lunch, it is invited to present at a Venture Lunch (held regularly in Silicon Valley, New York and London) to accredited investors (VC’s, angels and independent investors). Feedback is collected and shared with entrepreneur and introductions made to interested investors. If company passes Operations Screen for Angel Consideration (but not Venture Lunch), company is flagged for Astia Angels to consider. The Astia Angels make independent investment decisions and may or may not invite a flagged company to present directly to the group. Time frame: Venture Lunches are held monthly between New York City, Silicon Valley and London.
Along with access to capital, entrepreneurs who are present at Astia’s Venture Lunch and for Astia Angels receive, where appropriate, continued support from Astia in the form of introductions, potential nominations to awards and media opportunities, invitations to exclusive events, advisory opportunities and additional support through to exit.