Entrepreneurship Alive in Rural Ireland 

12th May 2022

Posted In: FYI

More than 100 past participants of ACORNS, the government-backed development initiative to support female entrepreneurs in rural Ireland, came together in person at the ACORNS Annual Community Forum for the first time since Covid restrictions were lifted. They were delighted to finally meet in person to share ideas, showcase their products and services and network.

The energetic event, held in the Mullingar Park Hotel, was addressed by Minister of State for Land Use & Biodiversity Senator Pippa Hackett, as well as past participants of the programme.

The following day, the 50 participants on the latest cycle celebrated their successful completion of ACORNS 7.

This is the 7th year of the Government-backed ACORNS programme, which is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, under its Rural Innovation and Development Fund. There is no charge to those who were selected to participate in the initiative, which runs over six months and is aimed at early-stage female business entrepreneurs in rural areas. More than 350 female entrepreneurs have taken part in the ACORNS initiative to date, and many remain tightly connected to the ACORNS community.

Pictured at the ACORNS Annual Community Forum are (l-r) past ACORNS participant Phillippa Christie of Equine Academy and Senator Pippa Hackett Minister of State for Land Use & Biodiversity.