The cycle starts with a residential Developmental Forum. The theme of this Forum is Establishing Good Foundations. At this event, the participants will meet each other, their ACORNS Lead Entrepreneur and their round table group for the first time. An overnight stay is incorporated into the event. If selected, applicants must be available for this and dates will be confirmed when the new ACORNS cycle opens for applications. Accommodation and meals are provided by the programme, and participants must just cover the cost of their transport to and from the event.
Participants will subsequently meet with their ACORNS Lead Entrepreneur and their group of eight peers in separate round tables on 4 occassions between November and March. These sessions will last for about three hours and will explore the themes of Strategy, Marketing/Sales, Finance, and Implementation. The location of these sessions will be close to the assigned Lead. Some travel may be involved on the part of the participants. Dates for these sessions will be decided within the groups during the residential Development Forum
A second residential Development Forum is held in April. The theme of this Forum is SMART Planning – The Roadmap Ahead.
Selected candidates are expected to attend all events.