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From left: Entrepreneurs and investors Vidya Dinamani, Allison Long Pettine and Silvia Mah founded Ad Astra earlier this year with the goal of increasing the number of women founders. Three startups are enrolled in its inaugural accelerator program.

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Female-Led Accelerator Ad Astra Opens Applications for Third Cohort

Ad Astra opened applications for its third cohort. The accelerator program for women-led startups was founded last year

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Ad Astra Ventures Is Off to a Stellar Start

2018 Newsmakers

One of San Diego’s newest incubator programs succeeded in bringing together two stellar startup cohorts in its first year. Ad Astra Ventures, a program for early-stage companies founded by women, graduated six companies in 2018. They ranged from Envy, an e-commerce platform with a visual search engine, to Cooler Heads, a medical device startup making portable cold caps, which are applied during and after chemotherapy to prevent hair loss.

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