givezooks! Selected Into Astia’s Elite Entrepreneur Program and Community
After rigorous two-month screening process, selection assures givezooks! of access to influential network of entrepreneurial experts focused on ensuring success of women-led organizations

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) November 19, 2009—givezooks! Inc. was recently invited to join Astia, the premier global network serving women-led high growth start-ups since 1999. givezooks! was one of only 27 invited to join the elite community this Fall.. Astia is a global not-for-profit with a network of over 700 experts whose goal is to ensure the success of women in high-growth start-ups, primarily in high tech, clean tech and life science sectors. Astia provides unprecedented access to funding, markets and expertise resulting in an exceptional success rate for its clients. Since 2003, more than 60 per cent of the companies who have presented at the Astia Investor Forums have achieved funding or an exit within one year. givezooks! offers social fundraising for nonprofits, connecting individuals and organizations online to increase charitable giving, increase fundraising efficiency and broaden the network of potential donors. givezooks! makes it easy for nonprofits to put their fundraising efforts online, promote them through the social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, and process donations. Unlike other conferences and programs for entrepreneurs, Astia clients are served by the network, program and resources throughout the growth of the company. Qualification to join the Astia community provided givezooks! with access to a transformative, immersive boot camp-style 6 day program designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs who want to become dominant players in their sectors. This is followed by a two-month course of personalized feedback and coaching, and the opportunity to benefit from Astia’s global ecosystem of angels, VCs, corporations and entrepreneurs. “Astia is extremely pleased with the new class of entrepreneurs we have just invited to join,” said Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia. “We are confident in the opportunity that givezooks! presents to the innovation economy, and know that our work is to accelerate their pathway to success by providing them the opportunity to work with industry leaders and to create real connections with the investor community. givezooks! qualified via an extremely competitive screening process, and has earned its place in Astia’s premier community.” “Selection into Astia’s global community of entrepreneurs is an important achievement for givezooks!” said Carol Schrader, CEO at givezooks! “Astia provides access to a network of potential relationships and connections we need to accelerate our company’s growth. Already Astia’s network of entrepreneurial experts are supplying business insight which will help us achieve our goal of market leadership in the delivery of the best possible fundraising platform for the nonprofit community.” About Astia Astia is a unique, international, not-for-profit organization that provides access to a rich network and innovative programs that ensure companies gain access to capital, achieve and sustain high-growth and develop their executive leadership. Astia works to drive collaboration, energize the global discussion and create a roadmap for increasing women’s participation in high-growth entrepreneurship. Since 2003, 60% of companies that have participated in the Astia Investor Forums have secured funding or an exit within one year of presenting. Headquartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programs for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, London and, from 2010, India. For more information, visit: About givezooks! ( givezooks! offers social fundraising for nonprofits, connecting individuals and organizations online to increase charitable giving. Social fundraising, also called peer-to-peer fundraising or person-to-person fundraising, is the intersection of online fundraising with social networking. Nonprofit organizations can simply and affordably create customized, branded Campaigns, Wish Lists and Grassroots Fundraisers online at givezooks! Benefits include expanded donor outreach via social networking (Facebook and Twitter) and Internet marketing, increased funds raised, and lower cost of donor acquisition. Nonprofits using givezooks! include chapters of Boys and Girls Clubs, Red Cross of Santa Barbara, Girls, Inc., Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and multiple independent and private schools.

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