Pictured with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, are (left/right) Joanne Browne, Jo Browne (previous Acorns participant), Lisa Larkin, Durrow Mills (previous Acorns participant), Paula Fitzsimons, Director ACORNS, Norma Dineen,Bó Rua Farm Cheese (previous Acorns participant), and Cori Calvert, GES Energy (previous Acorns participant).






I am delighted to continue to provide support to this initiative through my Department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund. This is a tremendous opportunity for rural based female entrepreneurs and I urge them to apply to participate in this exciting initiative.  Each year, the participants give an overwhelming endorsement of the role ACORNS has played in supporting them to grow their business.  Once again, female entrepreneurs have the opportunity to avail of ACORNS and all that it has to offer to help them realise their ambitions.  This is an opportunity not to be missed’. Read the full press release here

Michael Creed TD
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

This innovative programme is funded under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Its objective is to encourage a stronger level of enterprise development in rural areas by seeking out and assisting start-up female entrepreneurs living in rural areas to grow and develop their businesses. Following a competitive tendering process, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has selected the ACORNS initiative developed by Fitzsimons Consulting as the most suitable to achieve the stated objectives. It is designed to unleash the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland, who have recently started a business or who have taken concrete steps towards starting a business. The objective is to equip these early stage entrepreneurs with the appropriate knowledge, confidence and networks to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses.