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Monday 16 September 2019

Businesswomen urged to join entrepreneurial programme

Pictured at the launch are, back row: Lead Entrepreneur Mary B. Walsh of Ire Wel Pallets (Wexford) and past participant Caitriona Considine of Moher Cottage (Clare). Front row: Past participant Emily Brick of Athena Analytics (Kerry), Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, programme director Paula Fitzsimons of Fitzsimons Consulting
Pictured at the launch are, back row: Lead Entrepreneur Mary B. Walsh of Ire Wel Pallets (Wexford) and past participant Caitriona Considine of Moher Cottage (Clare). Front row: Past participant Emily Brick of Athena Analytics (Kerry), Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, programme director Paula Fitzsimons of Fitzsimons Consulting

Simon Bourke

women in rural Wexford are being urged to bring their business ideas to ACORNS, a Government-backed programme which offers assistance to female entrepreneurs.

Previous participant, Mary B Walsh of Ire Wel Pallets, will assume a mentoring role for this year's programme and she believes ACORNS offers the perfect platform for businesswomen with start-ups.

'I have seen the participants in my previous groups grow both personally and in terms of their businesses. The round table format allows the participants to act as a confidential sounding board to seek advice, guidance, support and encouragement to enable each other to grow more resilient, to get to the next stage, and to eventually flourish,' Mary said.

Over 200 female entrepreneurs have taken part in ACORNS to date and 50 new participants are being sought for ACORNS 5. The programme will run over six months from October 2019 to April 2020. The deadline for application for this year's cycle is September 20, 2019.

Any woman with a new business based in rural Ireland or an idea for a new venture - can get more information at www.acorns.ie.

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