Carlow TD, Pat Deering
Early stage female entrepreneurs, living in Carlow, are invited to apply for a place on the ACORNS (Accelerating the Creation of Rural Nascent Start-ups) programme, Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has said.
The intention is to provide up to 50 entrepreneurs, based in rural Ireland, with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations.
The programme will run from October 2018 until April 2019. 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.
The deadline for application for this year’s cycle is September 21.
Deputy Deering said: “The ACORNS Programme is based on the principle that entrepreneurs learn best from each other.
“It is focused on interactive round table sessions that are facilitated by female entrepreneurs who have started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland.
“It is designed to help provide female entrepreneurs who are in the process of setting up a business, or have recently started one with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and even exceed their current aspirations.
“The programme has proved very successful so far. Over 150 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS to date with many reporting increased sales, exports and job creation."
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.”