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Support for Women Entrepreneurs

Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Two initiatives that provide support and mentoring for women entrepreneurs.

Unleashing the potential of rural female entrepreneurs is the focus of ACORNS – a six month part time development programme aimed at 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.

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. Galway woman Triona MacGiolla Rí of Aró Digital Strategy in Connemara  is one of seven lead entrepreneurs and is also a past participant of another female entrepreneurship initiative - Going for Growth.

Going for Growth is designed to support women who are serious about growing their businesses and are the owner manager of a business which has been trading for at least two years.  Going for Growth, believes that entrepreneurs learn best from each other. Accordingly, the initiative is based on interactive roundtable sessions that are facilitated, not by consultants, academics or professional trainers, but by successful entrepreneurs.

Applications for Acorns for this year have to be in 22nd September. More information is available on both programmes by dowloading their brochures here:

Acorns Brochure

Going for Growth

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.