Female entrepreneurs sought for ACORNS programme

By David tucker

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

Ann Derwin and Niamh White, from Horetown House.
Ann Derwin and Niamh White, from Horetown House.

Wexford female entrepreneurs are being sought for a fully funded ACORNS programme aimed at early stage rural- based entrepreneurs. Wexford-based entrepreneur Niamh White from Horetown House, who took part in an earlier ACORNS programme to grow her business, said ACORNS gave her the opportunity to spend time with other women in business and take an outside view of my company. 'It has really helped me to see the bigger picture,' she said. Fully funded under the Department of Agriculture's CEDRA Rural Development and Innovation Fund, the initiative is focused on developing the potential of female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who have recently started a business or who have taken concrete steps towards setting up a business. There is no charge for successful applicants. A core element of the ACORNS initiative is the involvement of 'Lead Entrepreneurs', who have already started and successfully grown businesses in rural Ireland. These business women, on a voluntary basis, facilitate the interactive round table sessions, act as role models and mentor the successful applicants. The deadline for application for this year's programme is Thursday, September 22. Interested female entrepreneurs can access information and register their interest at www.acorns.ie

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