New rural business scheme for women
Early stage female entrepreneurs in Wicklow are being encouraged to apply for a place on the ACORNS programme.
The programme will provide up to 50 entrepreneurs, based in rural communities, with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to grow their new enterprises.
ACORNS will run from October 2018 until April 2019 and selected participants will be those who, on a competitive basis, best demonstrate their potential to advance their businesses and their commitment to fully engage in the initiative.
The deadline for applications is September 21.
According to Minister Andrew Doyle, the programme is based on the principle that entrepreneurs learn best from each other.
'The ACORNS initiative is focused on interactive round table sessions that are facilitated by female entrepreneurs who have started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland. It is designed to help provide female entrepreneurs who are in the process of setting up a business, or have recently started one with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations,' he said.
To date over 150 female entrepreneurs have been supported to increase sales, exports and create jobs.