Call For Applications for ACORNS programme


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Michael Creed TD, has launched the latest cycle of ACORNS, the highly successful female entrepreneurship development initiative.

Launching the call for applicants, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, said: “I am delighted to continue to provide support to this initiative through my Department’s Rural Innovation and Development Fund. This is a tremendous opportunity for rural based female entrepreneurs and I urge them to apply to participate in this exciting initiative. Each year, the participants give an overwhelming endorsement of the role ACORNS has played in supporting them to grow their business.  Once again, female entrepreneurs have the opportunity to avail of ACORNS and all that it has to offer to help them realise their ambitions.  This is an opportunity not to be missed.”

ACORNS is now in its fourth cycle. The ACORNS programme is focused on developing the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland, who wish to start and develop new businesses or have recently started a business. The programme will run over six months from October 2018 to April 2019. The deadline for application for this year’s cycle is 21st September. Those interested can get more information and register their interest in receiving an application form at Places will be offered to 50 early stage female entrepreneurs. There is no charge for successful applicants.

Norma Dineen, Bó Rua Farm Cheese, a previous participant of the pilot programme, stated: “The advice and encouragement I received on ACORNS has been incredibly valuable to my business. We have big ambitions for Bó Rua Farm Cheese and aim for it to become one of Ireland’s leading farmhouse cheese brands.”