ACORNS: Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups

ACORNS 4 – New Cycle Gets Underway – October 2018

The fourth cycle of the ACORNS Programme for early stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland got underway at a residential forum held in Mullingar on 15-16 October 2018, where the programme participants met with their Lead Entrepreneurs in round table sessions.   ACORNS is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through the Rural Development and Innovation Fund.

Lead Entrepreneur Mary B Walsh of Ire-Wel Pallets is pictured with her ACORNS round table group.
Left to right:
Hazel Kinsella, Anna Dobson, Deirdre Doyle, Jane Kennedy, Mary B Walsh, Lead Entrepreneur, Triona Spellman, Aisling McElwain, Anne McGlynn, Vicki O’Donnell, Kay Lyng

European Enterprise Promotion Awards

ACORNS has been selected to represent Ireland in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2018, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills and has been shortlisted to the final three of the initiatives in this category from across Europe.


Call for Applications

The call for applications for ACORNS 5 will open in August 2019. If you are interested in participating in next year’s programme, you can register your interest here.

If you would like to find out more about the initiative or have any questions about ACORNS please feel free to contact us at, phone the office at 01 845 0770 or download our brochure here or view the short video below.