ACORNS 7 – Call for applications now open

Early stage female entrepreneurs, living in rural Ireland, are invited to apply for a place on the ACORNS programme, now in its seventh year.

The intention is to provide up to 50 entrepreneurs with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations. ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs will be central to the selection of successful candidates. They will be seeking those who are prepared to fully engage with the programme; demonstrate a determination to advance their fledging businesses; are prepared to work hard in pursuit of their entrepreneurial goals; and expect to become employers.

The programme will run from October 2021 to April 2022.

Selected participants will be those who, on a competitive basis, best demonstrate their potential to advance their businesses and their commitment to fully engage in the initiative. There are up to 50 places available for suitable candidates. The ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs will meet in late September to assess the applications received. Successful candidates will be
notified in early October.

To qualify for consideration, the entrepreneur must

a) have recently set up a new business which she owns or part owns, and which has generated sales no earlier than 1 January 2019 or

b) must be at an advanced stage of planning a new venture and have a clear idea of what she wants to achieve.

She must also be living in a rural area. These are all areas of the country outside the administrative city boundaries of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

Those interested in applying should register on the website and they will be sent a link to an application form. Completed application forms have to be returned by midnight 10th September. There is no charge to those selected thanks to the support of the Department and the voluntary contribution of time by the ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs.

If you would like to find out more about the initiative or have any questions about ACORNS, please feel free to email or phone the office at 01 8450770. Brochure attached this article.