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Monday 23 July 2018

Female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland encouraged to apply for fully funded development programme

To-date over 100 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS.
To-date over 100 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS.
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland are being encouraged to apply for the ACORNS programme, a six month part time development programme designed for aspiring rural female entrepreneurs.

Fully funded under the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund, the initiative is focused on developing the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who have recently started a business or who have taken concrete steps towards setting up a business.

There is no charge for successful applicants.

The programme is based on an understanding that entrepreneurs learn best from each other and the initiative is focussed on peer support and collaborative learning.

Participants work in interactive round table sessions facilitated by other female entrepreneurs who have started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland.

These lead entrepreneurs share their insights and experience with the group and support the participants to examine and address the issues and challenges they face in progressing their businesses.

To-date over 100 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS.

Welcoming the launch of the programme, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD said that the programme can give participants the supports to develop and grow their businesses,

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"I am greatly encouraged by what ACORNS has achieved to date, and I urge early stage female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland to apply," Minister Creed said.

The deadline for application for this year’s ACORNS programme is Friday 22 September 2017.

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