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 sales.

The initiative, which is funded under the Department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund provides places for 56 aspiring entrepreneurs. 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.

The call for ACORNS 3 has now closed. Register your interest for ACORNS 4 (2018)