Investing in Female, BIPOC, and LGTBQ owned businesses

Empowering Women to Launch Their Business

Dr. Silvia Mah has invested in more than 120 businesses, focusing specifically on female, bipoc, and LGTBQ founded companies.

She is passionate about investing in socially relevant new ventures that will allow women to break through barriers in order for the next generation of women entrepreneurs to grow even more.

Investor In Action

Watch as Dr. Silvia Mah shares how to invest in women and showcases roundtable discussions with her portfolio companies and fellow female investors.

Ad Astra Ventures

As one of the founding partners of Ad Astra Ventures, Dr. Silvia Mah equips female entrepreneurs to build, run, and scale investable businesses.

Ad Astra's program is specifically designed to empower founders who are impacted by implicit gender biases. Our framework provides entrepreneurs with the tools to combat these biases through introspection, exploration, and simulations.

The Ad Astra Program:

  • 12 Weeks of Custom Curriculum
  • $20,000 Investment in your Company
  • Formal Mentorship with Industry Experts, Proven Entrepreneurs, and Investors
  • Your Own Champion and Personal Advocate for the 12 Weeks and Beyond

Stella Labs

Hera Labs’ mission is to inspire, equip, and propel female founders to successfully plans, launch, and scale their original businesses, thus positively impacting their local, national and global economies.

Hera Lab and our 2018 graduates of the Launch Intensive and Scale Intensive Program were featured on the news!


  • Launch Intensive -  launch a business idea from back-of-the-envelope to MVP (Minimal Viable Product) in 12-weeks.
  • Scale Intensive - join our 12-week Scale Intensive where you grow your existing business to the “next level.”
  • Business Strategy Sessions - build a 12-month road-map to think bigger, and identify needed resources to make goals a reality.
  • Virtual Accelerator - learn to launch or scale a business on from anywhere on your own timeline.
Fostering Female Innovation:  Unique Business Accelerator for Entrepreneurial Women

Dr. Silvia Mah is the proud Executive Director of Stella Labs, a business accelerator for women-owned small businesses.