The ACORNS (Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups) initiative is focused on early stage female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland and is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). ACORNS has developed into a real grassroots movement and has supported over 300 female entrepreneurs over the last five years.
ACORNS is currently looking for another 50 female entrepreneurs, who will benefit over the next six months from the peer support offered. To qualify for consideration, the entrepreneur (i) must have recently set up a new business which she owns or part owns, and which has generated sales no earlier than the 1st of January 2019 or (ii) must be at an advanced stage of planning a new venture and have a clear idea of what she wants to achieve. The applicant must also be living in a rural area. These are all areas of the country outside the administrative city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
Those interested in applying should register on the website www.acorns.ie and ACORNS will send out a link to an application form. Completed application forms must be returned by midnight on the 10th of September. There is no charge to those selected thanks to the support of the DAFM and the voluntary contribution of time by the ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs.
More information on the ACORNS initiative can be found here.