Exceptional female entrepreneurs wanted!


Astia, a premier global accelerator for high-growth startups, is holding a series of events targeted to women-led, high growth companies operating or starting up in the East of England.

Astia works with companies within the innovation sectors of high technology, life sciences, and clean technology as they access capital and growth their global businesses.

Upcoming events (details are available on the website http://astia.org/)

About Astia: 7 December 2011, Norwich

Astia Leadership Workshop: 19 December 2011 ideaSpace, Cambridge

About Astia: 19 January 2012, Ipswich, hosted by Eastern Enterprise Hub

“Astia is the place for women-led, high-growth companies that are seeking the network they need – regardless of the stage of the company” stated Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia. 

“Collectively, Astia companies have raised more than $1 billion dollars and achieved 22 exits, including two IPOs.  We’re looking for exceptional entrepreneurs who think big, have an innovative business in a high-growth industry, and know how to leverage a network.”

Entrepreneurs who qualify to join Astia receive year-round, global, programming which includes customized advisor matching, leadership development, investor connections, and a strong peer-to-peer network.  The programmes are delivered through the Astia network, which includes more than 300 investors, 300 serial entrepreneurs and 800 industry leaders.

The deadline to apply is 4 February 2012.  Apply via www.astia.org. Investors, CEOs and business professionals will do Screening and selection.

Key Dates:

•       Call for Applications – 1 December 2011

•       Deadline for Applications – 4 February 2012

•       In Person Screening – 22 February 2012

•       Entrepreneur Programme – 19-24 March 2012


Astia’s East of England Entrepreneur Programme

Astia's Entrepreneur Program is about delivering results at all stages of growth and in every aspect of an entrepreneur’s business; from initial funding, key leadership skill development, and the path to exit.  Throughout the programme, entrepreneurs will cultivate invaluable relationships with key players, receive straight talk from leading experts and work one-on-one with advisors to incorporate these strategies into a successful business.


About ideaSpace

ideaSpace, part of the University of Cambridge Hauser Forum, aims to foster an inspiring culture and enabling environment for innovations with potential global impact. Through its Enterprise Accelerator programme, ideaSpace has an integrating role in the development of national and local innovation and enterprise policy. Partners include enterprise hubs, innovation clusters, science parks and incubators, working together to create the resources needed to influence policy to help generate growth. For more information, please see www.ideaspace.cam.ac.uk


About Astia

Astia is a global not-for-profit organization with a distinct focus and mission – to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, Astia works with start-ups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and hone the leadership skills of their founding teams.

The Astia model of engaging a community of 1,200 experts to the benefit of the select start-ups it serves has resulted in an exceptional success rate: since 2003, over 60 percent of companies that have participated in the Astia Investor Forums have secured funding or achieved an exit within one year of presenting, totalling more than $1 billion dollars raised and 22 exits, including two IPOs. Headquartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programs for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, Europe and India.



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