Sillicon Vally Experts To Discuss Best Practices to High Growth Startups During Astia Week

Eileen Gittins of BlurbEileen Gittins, Founder and CEO of Blurb, who raised millions of funding and has an impressive turnover (45 million$ in 2009), Jennifer Zesgut of Scoutlabs, who sold the company for around 25 million$, Gwen Edwards of GoldenSeeds the very active angel investors and serial entrepreneur Gina Bianchini, former CEO of Ning are among the fifty experts advising high growth startup entrepreneurs during the Astia Doing it Right programme in Sillicon Valley, from November 1-6, 2010.

European companies are welcome to join, if they qualify for the Astia Programme.

The aforementioned seasoned entrepreneurs will all discuss their recent fund raising and growth successes, while introducing the startups to best practices for investor presentations with a focus on how to position your company as an attractive investment opportunity. Everything which is essential for presentations to angels, venture capitalists, strategic investors, potential partners and other investment sources will also be explained.

The Astia Week will see other sessions such as the Role of Your Customer, Legal Strategies and the Art of Negotiation, Growth Strategies, Legislation & Lobbying, Global Economy and Building Your Team and Leadership, as well as Alternative Funding Strategies.

European companies are welcome to apply to Astia, if they fit into the following criteria:

* An innovative idea in a high-growth sector such as Technology, Life Sciences or Clean Tech
* A high-growth investment opportunity
* An exceptional team and business strategy
* A significant market opportunity
* A defendable competitive advantage
* At least one woman in a leadership role (at C level) or in significant position of equity

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astiaFounded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.  Astia offers programs for high-growth start-ups that deliver results.
Astia Programs

  • Provide access to capital
  • Ensure sustainable high-growth
  • Develop the executive leadership of the women on the founding team
  • Astia Model

    Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs who understand the value of extraordinary relationships and believe in the give-back, Astia connects entrepreneurs to investors, industry leaders, advisors, and service providers encircling the entrepreneur with a comprehensive value-ad network.  Our role is to facilitate access to the proven pathways to success and deliver results.

    Astia is a community of over 1000 experts committed to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of the companies they lead.  The Astia Advisor Network includes more than 125 investors and 100 current and former CEOs.

    Results Since 2003

    * Greater than 60% fundraising success for the clients we serve
    * More than $740M raised by presenting companies
    * 20 exits to date, including 2 IPOs

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