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 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 will open in August 2019. If you are interested in participating in next year’s programme, you can register your interest here.
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.
ACORNS has been awarded runner up in the Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills category at the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2018. 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.