By Sharon Vosmek (CEO, Astia)
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 and your outreach and referrals play a critical role in propelling women–led innovation.

Please pass along the following information to women–led high–growth startups who you believe can benefit from the access to expertise, capital and opportunity that the Astia global offering provides.

Astia’s Entrepreneur Program is an unparalleled resource for success — a transformative program designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs who want to become dominant players in their sectors.

The format is 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.

Who should apply? Exceptional women-led high growth startups who know that success is not just about raising money but about growing a business and thriving even in today’s tough market.
Key Program Dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 4, 2012
  • In-person screening: February 22, 2012
  • Global Entrepreneur Program: March 19–24, 2012, Cambridge, UK

Apply here:
Astia is a connected global community dedicated to the success of women–led, high–growth ventures. Astia companies have achieved 23 exits and 2 IPOs. Astia programming delivers access to networks and opportunities that high–growth entrepreneurs uniquely need to succeed, including connecting entrepreneurs to serial entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, advisors and service providers.

Developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Astia’s Global Entrepreneur Program is about delivering results in every area of an entrepreneur’s business, from initial funding strategy and growth to leadership development. As an Astia company, entrepreneurs will cultivate invaluable relationships with key players, receive introductions to capital in all of its forms (ventures capitalists, angels, strategics, etc) and gain access to expertise and opportunity from around the globe.

Astia is generously supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Althea Foundation, Microsoft, Fenwick & West, AOL, Lowenstein Sandler, Moss Adams, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, SNR Denton, SVB Financial Group, Osborne Clarke, BNY Mellon, Wells Fargo, Reed Smith, Cisco, Gust, Salesforce, Alloy Ventures, AOL Ventures, Asset Management, Illuminate Ventures, Golden Seeds, Prolog Ventures, StarVest Partners, Opus Capital and Andreesen Horowitz. This project supported by ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator Funding Programme.

This post was originally posted at Astia.

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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.