Mars needs women! (And so does Astia)

 />If you’re a woman involved in steering a European startup, <a id=Astia wants to hear from you. The Silicon Valley organisation focused on funding women-led start-ups has launched a programme in the UK to help high-potential, high-growth startups across Europe find investors and mentors.

Astia’s US programme has run since 2003 with fundraising success upwards of 60%, raising more than $495m for presenting companies and had 11 exits, including two IPOs. The not-for-profit organisation has high expectations to match this success in Europe, and is putting the call out for women-led startups to tap in to its community of over 450 experts, serial entrepreneurs and CEOs in the Valley and Europe.

The London programme will kick off with the three-day Doing It Right event from 11-14 May; the deadline to apply for a place at the event is 22 April.

Astia’s advisory board includes a number of very strong and well-connected entrepreneurs, investors and advisors, including Microsoft’s Bindi Karia and Jane Houghton of the British Venture Capital Association.