ACORNS: Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups

Our Aim

The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland and runs over six months part-time. Based on a belief that entrepreneurs learn best from each other, the ACORNS initiative is centered around interactive round table sessions that are facilitated by female entrepreneurs, known as ‘Lead Entrepreneurs’, who have started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland.

Call for Applications

The call for applications for ACORNS 5 is now closed. If you are interested in participating in the next cycle,  you can register your interest here and you will be sent an application form as soon as the call opens.

If you would like to find out more about the initiative 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. 

Our Sponsors
ACORNS is funded under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. To read more about our sponsor, click here.

News Updates

ACORNS was the runner up at the  European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2018, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills. ACORNS also featured prominently in the Manifesto for an innovative Europe which was developed by the participants of the 2018 SME Assembly, which can be viewed here.