Female Founders To Watch: Women Entrepreneurs From Astia

Deadline to apply to join Astia’s fall global entrepreneur program is Monday, September 17, 2012.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Wikipedia says “Astia is a genus of jumping spiders” but here in the tech world, we are familiar with Astia as the non-profit that accelerates women starting high-growth high-tech ventures, offering programs for entrepreneurs globally – providing access to capital, expertise and a global network of mentors, advisors, investors and more.

Check out BizeeBee CEO Poornima Vijayashanker‘s writeup about the Astia program and learn more about Astia’s fall global entrepreneur program from their website. You can still apply for a spot for this fall’s program through Monday, September 17, 2012.

Exceptional women-led, high-growth startups are invited to apply. These are the entrepreneurs who know that success is not just about raising money but about growing a business and thriving in today’s market.

Speaking of exceptional women, here are five Astia graduates running disruptive business ventures:

Khushboo Shah, Ph.D (Founder & CEO, CloudConfidence)
Philadelphia-based Khushboo Shah launched analytics-driven cloud management startup CloudConfidence with over 15 years of experience in advanced analytics and cyber security solutions. Customers receive five times more ROI with five minutes of installation time.

Maureen N. Dunne, Ph.D (Founder, CEO & Chief Scientist, UQ)
San Francisco-based neuroscientist turned entrepreneur Maureen N. Dunne launched VC-backed tech startup UQ and is building the next generation educational platform with proprietary patent-pending personalization technology.

Lesley Marincola (Co-Founder & CEO, Angaza Design)
A Stanford alum with product design and mechanical engineering chops, Lesley Marincola founded Angaza Design to improve the quality of life in off-grid developing nations by making clean and affordable electricity accessible to all. Follow her on Twitter at @angazadesign.

Lindsay Gaskins (Founder & CEO, Marbles)
Banking on neuroplasticity (the concept that a person can continue to grow or modify brain structure and neural mechanisms), Lindsay Gaskins launched brain-energizing toy stores Marbles. Today, she owns dozens of stores across the country and a thriving online store. Follow her on Twitter at @lgaskins.

Natalie Wisniewski, Ph.D (Founder, PROFUSA)
After earning a bioengineering Ph.D from Duke, Natalie Wisniewski launched PROFUSA, a San Francisco-based life science company revolutionizing the use of tissue-integrating biosensors for biofeedback monitoring, chronic disease management and healthy living.

Are you a high-growth, high-tech woman entrepreneur who has been through the Astia entrepreneur program?

Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.