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Invitation

Early stage female entrepreneurs, living in rural Ireland, are invited to apply for a funded place on ACORNS 2. The programme will run from October 2016 until April 2017. This innovative programme is funded under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

If you would like to find out more about the initiative or have any questions about ACORNS please feel free to contact us at info@acorns.ie, phone the office at 01 845 0770 or download our brochure here. There will be no charge for those selected to participate in ACORNS and their accommodation costs associated with the residential elements of the initiative will be covered. To find out if you qualify to apply, click here. 

In welcoming the launch of ACORNS 2, Michael Creed TD Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said, “I am pleased to announce the second year of this very effective programme. Job creation is a priority for this Government and an important focus of Foodwise 2025.  The success of last year’s programme shows what a difference mentoring and peer learning can make to rural women in developing their new business ideas.”

To register your interest click here and an application form will be sent out to you immediately. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is the 22nd September 2016.

Successful applicants must be available to attend the first residential ACORNS Forum, which will be held in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, on 10th and 11th of October 2016.