What a year 2020 has been! Thank you all for being such an integral part of what we are doing at Ad Astra. Without each of you we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. As we look ahead for what’s to come in 2021, it’s also a great time to reflect on what has happened in 2020 and the impact each of you has made on our organization. We’ve been able to expand our reach through our fund as well as our programming. Here’s a look at 2020 in numbers: 

  • Brought on 2 rockstars: Courtney Burnett, Senior Program Director and Maria Gonzalez-Blanch, Venture Fund Lead
  • Added 3 companies to our portfolio for a total of 11 – they’re all doing impactful work that we are so proud to be a part of.
  • Pivoted our Bootcamp to be completely virtual and led 45 women  through three Founder Bootcamps
  • Led 15 investors through our second annual Investor Bootcamp
  • 40+ mentor investors actively engaged
  • Soft launched our venture fund, investing in 3 new companies
  • All you founders in our network have gone on to raise just under $25M since completing one of our programs
  • 35 media mentions including Forbes, FemStreet, and San Diego Union Tribune

What’s in store for 2021?

  • Rebrand and launch our new website in January
  • Transition our accelerator to a Venture Studio model
  • Invest $1M in 5-10 seed stage start-ups
  • Establish partnerships with venture funds, accelerators, companies, and non-profits that work with entrepreneurs and who want to make diversity a priority (if you’re interested, please reach out!)

We are so grateful to have you as part of our Ad Astra community. Please stay involved through 2021 as we continue on our mission of Getting to Even. As always we welcome your ideas and your feedback on how we may increase our impact.

 

We were fortunate this year, despite the craziness of Covid, to meet so many incredible female founders. We leave you with a few of the reviews from our most recent bootcamp, as this is what keeps us motivated every day to Get to Even.

 

Thank you for being part of the Ad Astra family. We look forward to what we will accomplish together in the coming year and wish that 2021 brings you joy, health and much success.

Cheers,

The Ad Astra Team

 Testimonials from our alumni:

“Grateful to be a part of the Ad Astra Family! The curriculum helped me dive deep into the core of my business model and also identify my strengths as a female founder. I look forward to revisiting the wide range of exercises and staying in touch with my amazing cohort as my company and I continue to evolve.”

“The Bootcamp covered so much in such little time. I felt I knew my product better by the end. It was an amazing experience that will have a lasting impact on my business!”