Astia unites European Investor Community at second annual ‘Doing it Right’ London Programme for Entrepreneurs

(Flickr, photo credits: Ian Mutto)If you are a startup with a woman on the team, and looking for additional funding, you can now apply for the Astia venture accelerator program for women-led high growth companies.

Astia, the premier Silicon Valley will host its Second European Investor Forum on 24th June 2010, following its ‘Doing it Right’ London Programme which takes place from 4th-7th May this year in cooperation with The NextWomen.

Known for its greater than 58% funding success rate, the eleven-year-old organisation is already achieving exceptional results in the UK, having launched here just last year. The success of Astia’s clients is credited to the broader Astia Community that sources, selects, and advises the companies that qualify for Astia’s prestigious programme.

“Astia has truly cultivated the networks required to source and showcase the next leaders in innovation and it continues to demonstrate the investment opportunity hidden in women entrepreneurs,” commented Prashant Shah, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Astia Board Chair.

The Doing It Right programme is open to select companies pursuing high growth, primarily from the high-tech, life science, media and clean-tech sectors.  Participant companies receive access to a robust community of investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, and value-add service providers.  Astia has cultivated a network of both men and women who lend their expertise and networks to accelerate the success of the companies.

“Our involvement in the Astia Doing it Right programme and Investor Forum in London has been fundamental to our business,” commented Elinor Olisa, Co-Director and Founder of Degree Art.com, a UK-based online portal for buyers interested in acquiring art from emerging artists.  “We recommend Astia without a moment’s hesitation.  It is a one-of-a-kind program that is absolutely packed with essential guidance, lessons, networking opportunities and support.”
“These are exceptional companies with innovative technologies, what they need is access to individuals with prior experience and funding,” notes Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia.  “At Astia, we offer both in an environment rich with opportunities for the entrepreneurs to learn and develop relationships that deliver real results for their businesses.”

Sponsored by key corporations including Microsoft, Cisco, Morrison & Foerster, Osborne Clarke, and Silicon Valley Bank, Astia is endorsed by The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and presented in collaboration with The Next Women.

Jane Houghton, Head of Member Services at the BVCA today commented: “Astia’s success in the US is being replicated in the UK. We are delighted to be a part of this highly transformative programme for the second year running.”

Applications for the Astia 2010 London programme close on 15th April. To register please go to http://www.astia.org/apply

About Astia
Astia is a global non-profit organization that provides innovative programs to exceptional women-led start-ups.  Head-quartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programs for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, London and, from 2010, India.  Astia is well positioned to work with start-ups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and develop the leadership of the founding team.  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% of companies that have participated in the Astia Investor Forums have secured funding or an exit within one year of presenting, raising more than $600 Million and achieving 17 exits, including 2 IPOs.  For more information: www.astia.org

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