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I was very impressed with the 2011 Astia London Investor Forum and by the quality of the companies presenting.

- Charlotte-Anne Nelson, Principal, Balderton Capital

 
 

What is Astia?

Astia is a curated, global community of experts committed to the success of world class women-led, high-growth startups. For over 14 years the 4000+ members of Astia’s connected community have provided startups with access to capital, business networks, and opportunities to become dominant market players. The organization is a non-profit with distinct focus and mission.

 

What is Astia’s mission?

Astia’s mission is to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.

 

How does Astia fulfill its mission?

Astia startups benefit from a global, connected community of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders. Through a proprietary and proven process and program, Astia Advisors are paired with startups to gain access to the right expertise at the right time. The Astia model of engagement ensures for an entrepreneur-centric approach, a give-back values alignment, exceptional commitment by individuals who volunteer their time and expertise, and a clear and distinct alignment with the success of the startups.

In 2013, Astia is vastly expanding its reach by decentralizing the internationally-recognized programming to reach an ever increasing number of promising women-led start-ups. At the same time Astia is amplifying the opportunity for startups to access capital via Astia Angel and monthly showcases to investors in Silicon Valley, New York and London (Astia Venture lunches).

 

Where does Astia operate?

Headquartered since its founding in 1999 in the heart of Silicon Valley, Astia’s reach is truly global. Leveraging the reach of over 4,000 individuals representing 32 countries, we work with and source startups from every continent. The Board of Trustees has global representation and our Global Board of Advisors and Global Sector-specific Cabinets have representation from North America, Europe and India.

 

Has Astia been successful?

Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, Astia is a pioneer in the space, uniquely sourcing innovation for investors and achieving an unparalleled success rate with greater than 60% of the clients achieving funding or an exit within one year of joining Astia.

 

What does an Astia startup look like?

Astia seeks visionary entrepreneurs from around the world with game-changing start-ups who are ready to become market-leading businesses. We are stage agnostic. Reflecting the community’s expertise, Astia will consider companies within the sectors of high tech, life science, clean tech, consumer tech, and health and wellness. At a minimum, startups must have at least one woman in a leadership role (at C level) or in significant position of equity and influence.

 

How can I get involved?

Experts: If you are an industry expert with 15+ years of experience, a serial entrepreneur or an experienced investor, please email advisors@astia.org.

Entrepreneurs: Astia is a community and our best startups have come to us via that community. Startups are encouraged to seek out an introduction whenever possible. If you don’t know an Astia community member, email startups@astia.org.

Investors: The reach and expertise of the Astia community ensures an exceptional deal flow of high tech, clean tech, life science, and health & wellness companies. To receive an invitation to see the pre-screened companies present, please email investors@astia.org.

Sponsors: If your firm would like to support Astia’s mission or join Astia’s global community, please contact evie@astia.org. Astia is proud to have the support of many of the world’s strongest brands and corporate leaders.

 

What is Astia Angel?

Astia Angels is a global network of female and male angel investors that invests in women-led, high-growth ventures that apply to Astia. The angel investor network is actively engaged in the Astia community and screening process and founded by experienced angel investors. All members are highly involved throughout the investment process and make independent investment decisions.

 

How does Astia compare to others?

Only Astia offers entrepreneurs a curated, committed and truly diverse international community dedicated to their success. Astia’s propriety process and programming provides exceptional woman-led start-ups a unique and shared path to high-growth success.

Only Astia offers investors year-round access to unique deal flow that has already been pre-screened by 30+ industry experts.

 

How is Astia funded?

Astia is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that is generously supported by - and our offering for entrepreneurs is heavily subsidized by - committed individuals, foundations, and corporations. Most notably, in 2010 Astia received a $500,000 commitment from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

To see our full list of sponsors, visit our sponsor section of the website>>

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