Every month we spotlight one of our Council Member organizations to keep you up to date with their most recent initiatives and events, what resources they provide and how you can get involved in their work. The NWBC Group of Six includes the representatives of the participating women’s business organizations: Association of Women Business Centers, Astia, National Association of Women Business Owners, Women Business Enterprise National Council, Women Impacting Public Policy, and Women Presidents’ Organization.

The Group of Six leads the process of identifying, monitoring and analyzing programs, initiatives and policies currently at the forefront of their respective organizations. This committee works to educate the Council on new and existing programs that are making a difference in the advancement of women-owned businesses and assess opportunities for improvement of those programs.

This month we are featuring Astia, an organization that has shifted the way innovative women entrepreneurs receive funding.

Astia is transforming the way businesses are funded in the here and now, providing capital, connections, and guidance that fuel the growth of highly innovative, women-led ventures around the globe. Inspired and driven by their clear vision of an ecosystem in which both women and men innovators are fully celebrated and underpinned, Astia is a resource dedicated to the success of women high-growth entrepreneurs, their teams, and their ventures—and a champion for inclusive innovation worldwide.

Their strategic priorities for 2015 include:

  • Offering investors unmatched access to high-potential deal flow, and women entrepreneurs unmatched visibility in the capital provider community.
  • Continuing to build Astia Angels network in U.S; launch of Astia Global Venture Lunch (monthly) in London.

Learn more about this organization and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.