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International Women’s Day Scholarship 2012


In honor of International Women’s Day, Gust is thrilled to announce our partnership with Astia in launching the International Women’s Day Scholarship 2012. The scholarship aims to highlight the extraordinary women leaders of high-potential startups by awarding entrance into Astia’s Global Entrepreneur Program.


The winning startups will receive a full scholarship to Astia’s renowned Entrepreneur Program, a week-long event providing intensive training in areas such as capital fundraising, business leadership, and networking opportunities with prominent angel and venture capital investors.

Astia’s Entrepreneur Program includes candid discussions led by active investors and seasoned entrepreneurs. The program is followed by a two-month advisory period during which companies are paired with a team of advisors, including one investor, one serial entrepreneur, and at a minimum, two other start-up experts. Additionally, select start-ups will receive:

  • Introductions to leading VCs and angel investors
  • Market intelligence provided by investor-led panels and workshops
  • Presentation skills coaching by a leading expert
  • Increased business acumen and executive leadership skills
  • Expert advice from VCs, angels and successful entrepreneurs



The scholarship is targeted towards women-led startups, and company applicants must have at least one woman in a leadership role (at C level).


A panel of leading industry women business executives and investors will conduct an initial screening for the top ten companies. Through Astia’s selection committee, either in-person or online, a screening will determine the final winners and award entrance into Astia’s Global Entrepreneur Program.


To apply, create and submit your company profile via the Gust platform. There is no fee to apply. As part of your application, you will create your startup profile on Gust, which you can return to in the future to manage all of your investor relations needs. All applicants that publish their startup profiles will be automatically added to the International Women’s Day Scholarship collection.


The deadline to submit your completed application is April 22, 2012 at 11:59pm EDT.


Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world’s leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 125,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 35,000 individual accredited investors.


Astia is a unique, global not-for-profit built on a community of men and women with a distinct focus and mission: to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth.


Written by Ilana Grossman

user Ilana Grossman

Ilana was the CMO of Gust with experience at Digitas and Organic. There, she led the development and implementation of several CRM and digital campaigns for clients such as Bank of America, Sanofi-Aventis, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra Zeneca.

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