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 o er 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 www.acorns.ie. Places will be
o ered 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."