Acorns project supporting women entrepreneurs
Meath Women Entrepreneurs are encouraging others in the county to join the latest round of Acorns – a highly successful development initiative to support early stage women entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland.
Eimer Hannon of Hannon Travel is a prime contractor for the program and encourages other businesswomen to apply.
“The Acorns program is a great initiative for any female start-up entrepreneur. This gives them time to get the big picture of their business and their group acts like the board they could never afford, in a confidential environment.
“If you can devote the time to get involved, you won’t regret it,” she says.
The organizers of the program are looking for women entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland who want to start and develop new businesses or who have recently started a business.
A total of 50 new entrepreneurs will be selected and the free initiative will run over six months, from October 2021 to April 2022, with the deadline for submitting applications on September 10 at midnight.
Meath alumni include: Catriona Callaghan of The Bunnery; Clare O Connor from Clare O Connor Coaching; Jan Douglas of Rocky Island Speckle Park Beef; and Louise McGrath of Deenamic Ltd. The four businesswomen encouraged anyone interested in Acorns to apply for the program.
“Being part of the Acorns community has made a big difference to me and my business,” says Clare O’Connor.
“Attending monthly meetings with the support and expertise of the prime contractor and my fellow Acorns has resulted in the growth of my business and myself. Being accountable to these ladies, receiving feedback and advice from them, and having the support of the entire community is priceless. “
Catriona O’Callaghan said, “I would highly recommend Acorns to anyone considering applying. It was a wonderful, professional and confidential program from start to finish. I enjoyed every minute, gained self-confidence, and made lifelong friends.
Of the 50 new companies that took part in the last Acorn cycle during the Covid-19 pandemic, many have completely changed career direction to establish their business.