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CEDRA - Female Rural Entrepreneurs

Following a competitive tendering process run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in June 2018, the funds allocated to the Rural Innovation and Development Fund for 2018 to support female rural entrepreneurs was awarded to Fitzsimons Consulting for the Development and Delivery of Programme for Nascent Rural Female Entrepreneurs - ACORNS 4 .  This contract was extended for a further year in August 2019.

National and EU research highlights that there are differing rates of entrepreneurship between males and females in almost all European countries with the relative difference in Ireland being 12.1% for males and 6.4% for women. ACORNS (Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups) programme is designed to encourage a stronger level of enterprise development in rural areas targeted at emerging female entrepreneurs. It provides a tailored, focussed approach that takes into account the specific challenges which face female entrepreneurs generally as well as barriers which can limit entrepreneurial activity in rural areas.  The Acorns 5 programme runs from October 2019 until April 2020 and provides up to 50 entrepreneurs with the knowledge, support and networking opportunities to meet and exceed their aspirations.  Further information is available from