Astia is a curated, global community of experts committed to the success of women-led, high-growth startups in areas such as healthcare, finance and information technology. The non-profit organization has a distinct focus and mission: to propel women's participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic change.

For over 14 years, the 5000+ members of Astia have provided startups with the capital, business networks, and mentorship needed to become dominant market players. Through a proprietary and proven process program, Astia Advisors are matched with startups to provide the strategic guidance and expertise needed for success. Driven by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, over 60% of Astia's clients achieve funding or an exit within one year of joining the organization.

Merian Ventures capital fund, founded by The Althea Foundation’s founder and chairman, Alexsis De Raadt St. James, focuses on women-led innovation in cyber, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine language, and consumer-facing IoT technologies. Merian Ventures is based in the US and UK.

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There is a body of research that proves that where women successfully participate in executive roles in startups, we see a direct benefit to the business bottom line, to innovation, to the economy, and to society. Supporting Astia’s mission and work ensures that The Althea Foundation makes a direct impact to underserved women entrepreneurs, high-growth entrepreneurship and beyond.
— Alexsis de Raadt St. James, Founder & Chairman, The Althea Foundation

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The Althea Foundation began donating to Astia in 2004, directly supporting the organization's work with women-led companies in Europe.

The Althea Foundation believes that expanding Astia's work abroad allows for women to benefit from a more global and diverse community of entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders.

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