By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)
Entrepreneurs –- we want to remind you that Astia’s application deadline of August 15 is quickly approaching! We know the life of an entrepreneur means that you are always busy and searching for those spare minutes but now is a great time to apply to Astia! Applying by August 15 provides an opportunity to participate in our not to be missed Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program*, October 10-15, 2011.

Apply now to benefit from the programming, advisory services, investor connections and peer-to-peer network designed by Astia to accelerate growth. All applicants, regardless of acceptance to the Astia Program and Portfolio, receive a wealth of information about the strengths and weaknesses of their companies from the online screening process alone. We invite you to apply now and experience this wealth of expertise.

Why Astia? — Astia’s network of over 1,100 advisors, including investors, entrepreneurs, C-level executives and more, are committed to accelerating the growth and success of companies with female co-founders or executives. Since 2003, over 60% of Astia Portfolio companies have received funding, with over $1 billion raised, 22 exits and 2 IPOs.

How does Astia do it? — With year-round programming, customized advisor matching, leadership training, investor connections and a strong peer-to-peer network, Astia supports companies at all stages of growth. We provide the tools and guidance for identifying, focusing and accelerating towards key milestones to drive success.

Who should apply? — We seek entrepreneurs who “think big,” have an innovative business in a high-growth industry, such as technology, clean tech or life sciences, and know how to leverage a network. The team must include at least one female co-founder or C-level executive. See more details on our criteria.
*Astia’s Premier Entrepreneur Program — Developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Astia’s Entrepreneur Program is about delivering results in every area of your business, from funding to accelerating growth to developing leadership. During the intensive 6-day event, you will cultivate invaluable relationships with key players, get straight talk from leading experts on developing strategies that support high growth and work one-on-one with advisors to incorporate these strategies into your business.

The format? A comprehensive 6-day workshop in Silicon Valley followed by a 2-month program of personalized coaching from premier experts and the opportunity to start benefiting from the global ecosystem of Angels, VCs, corporations, and entrepreneurs that is Astia.

Key 2011 Dates

  • Application Deadline* — August 15
  • About Astia Silicon Valley — August 17 — Register here
  • In-Person Screening Day — September 8
  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Program — October 10-15
  • Investor Forum — November 29

*Applications accepted year-round, but companies applying before August 15 are eligible for the fall program, October 10-15. Upcoming programs include our CEO Summit and London Program in 2012.
Qualification Criteria — See if your company qualifies for the many benefits to Astia’s Portfolio.

Apply to Astia — Apply to start the process, receive robust feedback and see how Astia works.

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About the guest blogger: Sharon Vosmek is CEO of Astia.Under her leadership, the organization received a half a million dollar investment from the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation for entrepreneurship globally. Previously, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates and held management positions at American Express & in the office of US Senator DeConcini. Sharon holds a bachelor’s in political science from Arizona State University and a master’s in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Follow her on Twitter at @Vosmek.