ACORNS Programme for Female Entrepreneurs in Rural Ireland Launched

ACORNS Programme for Early Stage Female Entrepreneurs in Rural Ireland Launched

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.  Early stage female entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a new fully funded programme aimed at providing early stagefemale entrepreneursliving in rural Ireland with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to advance the development of their businesses.

ACORNS is dedicated to seeking out and assisting up to 50 start-up female entrepreneurs living in rural areas as defined by CEDRA – the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas. These are all areas of the country outside the administrative city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

As ACORNS is fully funded under the CEDRA 2015 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, there is no charge for successful participants. Their costs at the residential elements of the programme are also covered.

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. Those who are not already trading must be actively planning a new venture and have a clear idea of what they want to achieve. If they are not already trading, activities such as organising the start-up team, looking for equipment / facilities, saving money for the start-up or writing the business plan would all be considered as active commitments to starting a business.

There is no restriction on the sector in which the new business is focused. However, the selection process is competitive. If you are interested in applying for the ACORNS programme, further information and option to register interest can be found at www.acorns.ie. Application forms will be sent to interested applicants immediately. The deadline for  receipt of completed applications is Friday 11 September2015 and the pilot programme will begin on the 30th September, at the ACORNS residential Development Forum in Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

 

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