When I first started ACORNS, I had an idea. I had no clue as to what to do with this idea. I also knew I wanted to have my own business with this first product. ACORNS helped me to understand what I wanted to do. It was right there in front of me but with the help of a wonderful mentor and collaboration with the group, I was given the confidence to get where I am as ‘Little Red Design Studio’ – A little studio with BIG ideas.
–Anna Carmody, Little Red Design Studio
ACORNS has given me the confidence to drive my business towards growth. We have tripled our sales and have a strong team that we now feel prepared to manage. The programme has given me structure and a better ‘helicopter view’ of my business.
ACORNS programme has been a fantastic experience to help me build my business, Leanas Gift in a Box. It has given me the platform to grow the busines,. The Lead Entrepreneurs and fellow ACORNS are an amazing, inspirational group of ladies that I am delighted to call my friends.
–Bernadette Barrett, Leanas Gift in a Box
ACORNS gives you more than you could imagine. It’s a group of like-minded, motivated women who have great drive and ambition to build a business in a competitive market.
– Carina Monteith, Team Bride
ACORNS is a really practical, informative, constructive and enjoyable programme for any woman starting a business.
– Claire McDonagh, Wild Atlantic Interiors
Starting a business can be a lonely, isolating experience, especially as a female entrepreneur living in rural Ireland. ACORNS was instrumental in helping me network with fellow women business owners but also in helping me successfully grow and scale my business.
ACORNS is such a special programme for women in business. It can be a very lonely experience, especially when you are in business alone, and with the ACORNS support we can achieve anything!
– Dora-May Cousins, Dora-May’s Cafe
ACORNS is an excellent way of meeting fellow female entrepreneurs who are travelling the same journey together.
– Dymphna Fergus, D+E Oak Ltd.
The ACORNS programme has been pivotal for my business! I strongly encourage all female- led start-ups to avail of this wonderful resource – your business will thank you for it!
–Elaine Bradley-Ryan, Ideation Marketing
ACORNS is a very forward-thinking program, run by a dedicated team who truly believe in female entrepreneurship. The program is very focused and supportive of the participants and is of huge benefit to those that are selected to be part of the programme.
– Julie Callaghan, The Old Rectory
If you think you can, you can… but sometimes you doubt this, and that is when your ACORNS network steps in!
ACORNS has been an unbelievable help in our start-up business. Thank you for the direction and encouragement for the last six months.
ACORNS has offered my business a fantastic opportunity to grow, it has given me the chance to have a supportive network of like-minded women to encourage and draw upon.
ACORNS took me out of my home office and gave me a network of fellow entrepreneurs to advise, support and cheer me along. It also gave me the incentive to do all the things I knew I should be doing but was too confused, or too nervous to do!
– Lorraine O’Dwyer, Gallivanting Tours
As a start-up business, this was a wonderful opportunity to meet others and be able to share ideas and discuss the pitfalls, etc. attached to a new business – a problem shared is a problem halved!
– Martha Ryan, Ivy House Chocolates
I really appreciate the support of the other ACORNS members in my group as professional business women, intelligent input to queries, a cheerleading squad for successes and a cheering-up team for disappointments.
–Melissa Holland, Tooraloora