ACORNS: Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups

The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland and runs over 6 months part-time.

To be eligible participants must be based in the Republic of Ireland, but cannot be operating from within the city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick or Waterford. The programme is open to participants who are in the process of setting up, or who have less than two years of sales.

The initiative is funded through the Rural Innovation and Development Fund by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  Following the successful conclusion of the initial Pilot programme and ACORNS 2, ACORNS 3 has now concluded.  Past participants report increased sales, exports and employment creation.

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.