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The Astia companies are a consistently high quality which is quite unusual for a Venture Conference. Astia's program clearly contributes to the results.

- Mitchell Kertzman, Partner, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Partner Organizations

Our partners play an essential role in the success of our programs, clients, and initiatives.  Many offer complimentary services to our entrepreneurs, thereby extending our community and the value of Astia services.


Astia Partner Organizations

85 Broads
85 Broads is a network of trailblazing, visionary women who aspire to use their talent and leadership savvy to affect professional, educational, economic, and cultural change for all women globally.
American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals
AmBAR is a non-profit business association of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers, lawyers and other professionals with headquarters in Silicon Valley. Started as an organization of expatriates from Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries that are involved in technology businesses in the United States, AmBAR has grown into a large network in which innovators and entrepreneurs of all origins can exchange ideas and business contacts. The association was launched in 2002 by a group of business professionals and entrepreneurs, representing leading Silicon Valley companies: Sun Microsystems, Intel Capital, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The AmBAR membership base today includes more than 2000 business professionals.
Angel News

AngelNews is the leading online news service for the investment market, especially for business angels, venture capitalists and the companies that they invest in. On the AngelNews website, companies can sign up to create a free profile featuring their logo, company description and contact details, as well as upload news, developments and press releases to their page so that investors can read about what they are up to.


With a qualified directory of more than 1,000 Venture Capital and Mid-Market/LBO private equity firms, BoogarLists is an excellent place for entrepreneurs to begin their search for investment capital. Whether starting a new company or striving to take an early stage company to the next level, CEO’s and CFO’s will invariably want to seek out new sources of capital or other financial services. Additionally, BoogarLists provides an extensive directory of financial, operations and marketing services, as well as a comprehensive directory of conferences and associations, across the technology, media and communications industries. No matter what the stage of a company’s development, BoogarLists has made it easy to locate and develop new avenues of capital and business resources. BoogarLists is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BoogarAssociates.

Center for BioEntrepreneurship, UCSF

The UCSF Center for BioEntrepreneurship offers programs and resources to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders in the life science industry. CBE weaves the UCSF community into the broader Bay Area community of life science innovators and entrepreneurs, company executives, investors, attorneys, and other professionals to help successfully translate discoveries from the laboratory to commercialization for the benefit of the institution and society.

The Center for BioEntrepreneurship is an arm of the Office of Research at the University of California San Francisco . UCSF is recognized as a premier institution dedicated to healthcare, biomedical research and training. Its 4,000 graduate students, over 1,000 postdoctoral fellows, and 15,000 faculty and staff are committed to innovation and leadership.

Cherie Blair Foundation
The Foundation’s aim is simple: to offer women better access to business development support, networks and finance in areas of the world where they lack equal opportunities. Research by the OECD shows that women tend to invest 90% of their income back into their families, so their success is critical to the ability of their children to escape poverty too. And yet, women find it harder to obtain access to finance, the right training and good advice. The Foundation is a response to these challenges.
DEMO is the launchpad for emerging technologies. For 19 years, DEMO has established a reputation for identifying and presenting to an elite audience the products most likely to have a significant impact on the marketplace and market trends in the years to come. This event is where the world-wide press, decision-making investors and market-defining visionaries come together. And in this fusion is the pure power to soar.

Consider the numbers: In just the past four years, DEMO companies have raised well over $2.5 billion dollars in the months/years following their debut at DEMO. More than 40 of these companies have been acquired by tech giants, such as Adobe, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Symantec, Viacom, Yahoo!, and more. Past participants such as WebEx, VMware, iRobot, Linden Labs, Six Apart, and Roku have single-handedly redefined their industry's market.
DLA Piper
With more than 3,700 lawyers located in 25 countries and 64 offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, DLA Piper is positioned to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.
Dow Jones VentureSource & VentureWire

Published by the Financial Information Services group of Dow Jones & Company, a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV;, Dow Jones VentureSource is the most comprehensive database tracking key developments at venture capital firms and portfolio companies around the world. Likewise, Dow Jones’ VentureWire e-newsletter is the venture industry’s leading daily news source and is unparalleled in its breadth of coverage and depth of editorial insight.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation - The Foundation of Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.


In 1993, Jennifer Gill Roberts and Denise Brousseau, two MBA students at Stanford University, founded FWE&E as part of an independent project to evaluate the success factors for women entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on their access to venture capital. Since its inception, the organization has grown based on market dynamics, transforming into an organization with a more diverse audience and broader product offerings.

Golden Seeds

Golden Seeds plays an instrumental role in supporting women to utilize both their intrinsic and financial capital to its full potential. We identify and invest in women-led ventures with the potential to grow into multi-million dollar business while enabling accredited investors to invest alongside us. We provide entrepreneurs with strategic business advice as well as access to funding and the tools to enable them to grow into multi-million dollar businesses.

Google for Entrepreneurs
Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. With over 50 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. To learn about the programs, or to grow your own skills through free online courses, visit or on Google+ at
IBF Conferences

International Business Forum presents financial and business conferences on venture capital, private equity investing, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategic investing, defined contribution/401(k) plans, risk management, funding technology innovation and commercialization of intellectual property. IBF conferences provide attendees with leading-edge information and new business contacts to achieve business objectives.

Kauffman FastTrac, Inc.
Kauffman FastTrac, Inc. is the leading provider of learning curricula that equip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States devoted to entrepreneurship. For more information about Kauffman FastTrac, visit
Microsoft BizSpark
Ignite your startup by enrolling in Microsoft BizSpark, a global program designed to accelerate the success of early stage Startups. BizSpark provides fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products; professional technical support from Microsoft; and connections to a global community of business experts who can help guide you through the hurdles of growing your business. Eligibility requirements are minimal: If you're a privately held company building a software-based product or service (even using open source code), less than five years old, and with less than USD$1M in annual revenue, you're in! Join now via Astia, a BizSpark Network Partner: Join Now.
The National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a national organisation that stimulates university enterprise by supporting and representing university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs across the United Kingdom. Since its founding in December 2008, NACUE already engages over 40 university enterprise societies across the country - representing in excess of 20,000 university students interested in entrepreneurship.

NACUE aims to:

- support the sustainable development of university enterprise societies and student ventures;
- inspire, educate and train university enterprise society leaders and student entrepreneurs;
- connect university enterprise leaders and student entrepreneurs online and in person; and,
- advocate for the increased support of student enterprise, both in individual universities and at a national level.

NACUE will be implementing a range of programmes, events and online resources in the coming few months that will give long term support to enterprise society leaders and student entrepreneurs. By opening communication channels, facilitating the development of new societies and providing cutting-edge national programming, NACUE enables individual societies to become more ambitious and have access to more resources; thus, accelerating their unique development. The resulting benefits will trickle down to individual members, inspire them on a personal level, and perpetuate the growth of entrepreneurship across the Country.

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology. We are a coalition of more than 100 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in information technology (IT). NCWIT is a 501(c)(3), established in 2004 with startup funding from the National Science Foundation, Avaya, Microsoft, Pfizer, Bank of America, Intel, HP, the Kauffman Foundation, and Qualcomm.


SDForum is the leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization providing an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community for the past 23 years. SDForum provides a venue for engineers, executives, researchers, technology leaders, and venture capitalists to exchange information on emerging technologies and best practices.

SDForum reaches 12,000 software professionals annually through more than 20 events each month. Our members benefit from programs focused on professional development and making the right connections, along with value added services. SDForum passes along to its members business savings including free passes and discounts to industry events and discount programs for local university courses and nation-wide bookstores.

Springboard Enterprises

Venture-Catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the go-to organization for information about and support for emerging growth ventures led by women. Springboard has become a central player in the infrastructure that fosters women’s entrepreneurship with the goal of connecting women entrepreneurs and investors nationally and globally. What began as a series of Venture Capital Forums seeded and promoted by hundreds of supporter has proven to be a highly effective model for fast-tracking women entrepreneurs into the equity markets.

The Next Women
The Next Women online magazine is the female side of, Businessweek,, and and the business side of Red, Vanity Fair and Harpers Bazaar. The Next Women is creating an international cross media platform about women in business, aimed at female (future) founders, CxO’s and VC’s of internet companies. Their focus is on startups and growing internet businesses, be it in the media, service, retail, communication or any other industry. The Next Women is creating a platform in which it will discuss business topics from a female angle. Also, it will profile female heroes in business, and make them notable and quotable.
Women 2.0

Women 2.0 aims to increase the number of young women entrepreneurs by encouraging women to work with and in the field of technology, providing resources that will lead to the launch of their company, and networking women with other female entrepreneurs, experienced executives, and investors.

Women Innovate Mobile
Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) is the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology. WIM's goal is to provide women entrepreneurs with the guidance, feedback and connections needed to make their startups best in class companies and formidable business concerns.

WIM is a three-month mentorship driven accelerator program and our first program is taking place in New York City (March 26 to June 29). Our companies will receive $18,000 in funding, free office space, product development and design support, mobile-marketing promotions, and access to an incredible network of mentors, funders and advisors. In exchange for our investment and services, we receive a 6% equity stake in each company.
Women Presidents Organization

The WPO is headquartered in New York City and currently boasts over 75 active chapters and over 1000 members across the US and in Canada. There are two primary membership options: Chapter and Member-At-Large. Each chapter meets monthly, consists of 10-20 women presidents/CEOs/Managing Directors/etc, and is moderated by a professionally-trained facilitator. Chapters are not permitted to have more than one business in the same industry represented. At-Large Membership is created for women whose schedules make it impossible for them to commit to monthly meetings, or for areas in which the WPO does not yet have a chapter.


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