ACORNS – Funding Programme
ACORNS are now seeking applications for a new fully funded programme aimed at providing early stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to advance the development of their businesses. Entitled ACORNS – Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups – the programme is focused on unleashing the potential of female entrepreneurs who have recently started a business or who have taken concrete steps towards doing so. To qualify for consideration, applicants must have recently set up a new business (no earlier than the 9th of July 2013), which they either own or part-own. There is no restriction on the sector in which the new business is focused.

For more information and to register for the ACORNS programme visit or see the brochure ACORNS Brochure Website August 2015 Application forms will then be sent to interested applicants immediately. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday 11 September 2015 and the pilot programme will begin on the 30th September, at the ACORNS residential Development Forum in Portlaoise, Co. Laois.