New cycle of ACORNS launched


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has now launched the call for applicants for ACORNS 4.  This follows the successful conclusion of ACORNS 3. Click here for the full press release.

The ACORNS programme has been designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland and runs over six months part-time. Past participants report increased sales, exports and employment creation.


ACORNS is based on peer support in Lead Entrepreneur facilitated round tables. All the Lead Entrepreneurs have come from the Going for Growth Community and all have started and grown businesses themselves in rural Ireland. Please assist us in spreading word about the opportunity.  


If you are interested, you will need to register on the website and you will be sent out an application form. The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is 21 September.


The brochure for the latest cycle of the ACORN programme is available HERE


To be  the eligible for participation on ACORNS 4 applicants must:

  • Have set up a new business which has generated sales no earlier than the 27th of June 2016; or be actively planning a new venture and have made good progress towards getting the new venture off the ground. Indicators of actively planning a business would include organising the start-up team, sourcing equipment / facilities, money saved for the start-up, writing the business plan, etc.
  • They must own or part-own the business which must be located in a rural area, that is in an area outside the administrative city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford;
  • They must commit to attending the Launch Forum over two days in October 2018 (15th/16th); the ACORNS Community Forum on 8th and 9th April 2019; the monthly meetings from November 2018 to March 2019; and give the required personal commitment to advancing their business ideas over the six-month programme duration; and
  • They must expect to become an employer within three years.

All the round table sessions and events are held outside Dublin.