What is ACORNS?

Triona MacGiolla Rí with her ACORNS 8 group: Adele O’Dwyer, Emsona, Gráinne Ní Mhórdha, Gaeilge le Grá, Alison McGrath, My First Steps, Petrina O’Halloran, Mama’s Boobie Box, Helen Bracken, Fox Covert Farm, and Chloe Lefebvre Bolger, The Purple Door Café.

The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland and runs over six months part-time. Past participants report increased sales, exports and employment creation.

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. Click here for more information about these Lead Entrepreneurs.

To be eligible participants must have or intended to have a new business located outside the city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The programme is open to early stage female entrepreneurs who have recently started a business, which has less than three years sales, or who are at an advanced stage of setting up a business.

The initiative is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through the Rural Innovation and Development Fund.

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.