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Call for Applications Accelerator

From: Simone B.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 4:05 PM

Dear all,

As you may know, apart from running The Next Women, I am European VP of Astia, the accelerator programme and network for high growth women entrepreneurs.
I want to let you know that we have opened up Astia’s Call for Applications for any specific women-led start-ups that could benefit from Astia’s training, access to capital and global network. We know that reaching the right investor can be challenging if not daunting in this climate and we would love to speak with entrepreneurs who are ready to go big and to explore what Astia can do to help.
Please feel free to pass along my email  [address removed] if you have women entrepreneurs in mind who you’d love to see succeed and grow in 2012.

You can also read or pass along the Call for Application language below.
Hope to see you soon,

Kind regards,

Simone Brummelhuis

Astia Announces: Call for Applications
We are delighted to announce our 2012 Call for Applications for the Astia Global Entrepreneur Program. Astia maintains an unparalleled success rate for the companies it serves -- Astia companies have achieved 23 exits, 2 IPOs.

About the Program:
The Entrepreneur Program is a unique resource for success - a transformative program designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs who want to become dominant players in their sectors. The format? A comprehensive 6-day workshop, 2-month program of personalized advising from premier experts and the opportunity to start benefiting from the global ecosystem of angels, VCs, corporations, and entrepreneurs that is Astia.
What Makes Astia Different:
Commitment to the journey – your journey. Driven by entrepreneurs, Astia understands that your entrepreneurial needs, questions and challenges do not end after a one-week training module or incubator period concludes. Your need to access high-quality, targeted investors, to readily connect with industry experts and key advisors, and to make the most out of your day with too much to do has pushed Astia to build a program that works toward your success in a timely, targeted and efficient manner. Our Global Entrepreneur Program and global network reflects over a decade of our work with entrepreneurs, their needs and how best to deliver results to advance their success.
Who should apply? Exceptional women-led high growth start-ups who know that success is not just about raising money but about growing a business and thriving even in today's tough market.
Key Dates:
Call for Applications - 1 December 2011
Deadline for Applications - 4 February 2012
In Person Screening - 22 February 2012
Entrepreneur Program - 19-24 March 2012
Astia will be on-boarding our next class of outstanding high-growth companies in Cambridge, UK.
To apply, please visit:
Qualification Criteria
·         An innovative idea in a high-growth sector such as Technology, Life Sciences, Clean Tech, or high-growth Consumer
·         A high-growth investment opportunity - at any stage of growth
·         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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