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.

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 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. 

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.


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 selected to represent Ireland in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2018, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills and has been awarded runner up in this category. 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.