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Female entrepreneurs double revenues with ACORNS business development scheme

The group of early-stage female entrepreneurs, who took part in the latest ACORNS programme, doubled their combined turnover to €3.1m in just six months.


ACORNS stands for Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups. It is funded through the Rural Innovation and Development Fund by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). ACORNS was a runner up in the 2018 European Enterprise Promotion Awards, Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills. The programme was developed by Fitzsimons Consulting.


Eligibility Criteria for participation on ACORNS


To be considered for ACORNS, applicants must:

  • Have set up a new business which has generated sales no earlier than the end of June 2019 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.
  • If selected, applicants must be available to attend the launch Forum and first round table session on October 24th and 25th, 2022.
  • They must expect to become an employer within three years.