Testimonials

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with ACORNS.  Great positivity and a real feel good approach by all the girls!  The only complaint …. It was too short!!

Aedamar Cassidy, Aedamar’s Curds

ACORNS is a vital resource for young female led businesses.  The support and practical help has been invaluable in developing my business.  I would love to be part of ACORNS Part 2!

Ailbhe Gerrard, Brookfield Farm

The ACORNS programme has been instrumental in me making hard decisions for the business, in terms of expansion.  It gave the opportunity to learn from experiences of other early stage entrepreneurs.

Aileen Barron, Green Acre Marketing

I have felt so privileged to have been accepted on the ACORNS programme.  It is a brilliant programme to help women in business and to learn what help is out there.

Aisling Gillespie, Bidlims Moods

Being part of ACORNS has gifted AgriKids with a network of professional business contacts operating within rural Ireland. It also gifted friendship which will go beyond the six month programme.

Alma Jordan, AgriKids

ACORNS has been a fantastic support for Truzees development and for many others who wish to take the same path.

Angela Mahon, Truzees

Within a short space of time, I felt I was among friends who shared the ups and downs!

Ann O’Reilly, The Sewing Boutique

It is great to see rural entrepreneurial women recognised and supported by such a brilliant programme.

Ann Shields, Anneco Beauty Ltd.

ACORNS has been excellent for my business.  It has made me think outside the box.  It is a very solution focused programme and it has pushed me forward.

Barbara Brown, Brown’s Vineyard

Fantastic platform to meet women in business for a change, as is it normally a “man’s world”.  Excellent programme!

Breda English Hayes, Moet Accountants

ACORNS gave me the platform to start and move my idea and innovation forward and the support and encouragement to keep pursuing this end.

Caitriona Whyte, Naul Brewing

I would highly recommend the ACORNS programme to any budding female entrepreneur.  It has given me clear direction in developing and launching my business.  What seemed impossible is now possible!

Carla Mooney, Silk Road On Demand

ACORNS has given me the confidence and positivity to achieve things I didn’t know were possible.  The support from the network of women along with our Lead Entrepreneur was a massive contributing factor.  This is an exceptionally well run programme and I am proud to have been part of it.

Ciara Shine, Shines Seafood

Participating on the ACORNS programme has been hugely beneficial to myself and my company.  The support given to start-up female entrepreneurs is invaluable.  I would highly recommend the programme to any female in rural Ireland.

Clare Colohan, The Galway Food Company

This was an excellent programme to participate in.  It brought structure, positivity and support to myself and my business.  I would highly recommend ACORNS to any start-up as there is so much to gain from participating.

Collette McGowan, Stripe Marketing

I would highly recommend this programme.  It has provided me with expert knowledge, support and financial insights for which I am very grateful.

Denise Bourke, Divas and Dudes

Amazing, amazing, amazing! Excellent programme! I learned a lot and have built an even larger network and some great friends!

Diane Nevin, Health Evident

I was delighted to be accepted on the ACORNS programme.  I have learned a great deal of practical knowledge.  I have met some great like-minded female entrepreneurs and am confident I will grow my business as a result.

Grainne Bagnall, Sense About Maths (SAM)

An invaluable programme which has opened my eyes to several new paths my business can now take.  I couldn’t recommend ACORNS enough.

Geraldine Byrne, Mediskin

ACORNS was an excellent programme that helped me focus on my business. The help of the forums and facilitation mentoring has given me the confidence to go forward in different economic times.

Helen Conneely, Mementooh

When you start on a new journey you will have to step out of your comfort zone very often and although this can be exciting and stimulating you can also feel self-conscious and nervous of the unfamiliar.  The ACORNS program allows you to “stretch” into these new experiences in a very safe and comfortable environment.

Over the six-month programme you develop your business alongside other female entrepreneurs who are on the same journey as you.  You are guided through new business practises that may not be familiar to you by an experienced mentor. At the end of the programme your business has the potential to grow far faster and stronger than if you had not being lucky enough to attend it. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have attended this programme and I would highly recommend it to all.

Helen McArdle, FeedThePulse

The ACORNS programme proved to be an invaluable source of advice, support and guidance for this fledgling sole trader business. The programme content and format was clear, structured, insightful and very relevant with the roundtable sessions providing a smaller, more private forum of frank openness, discussion, solid advice and real world solutions to real world problems that start-ups face.

Overall the experience has enriched my knowledge, boosted confidence in my decision making and given me a support network of wonderful, like-minded women to share, discuss and solve the challenges of starting a business.

Jenny Lawlor

I applied to ACORNS with no idea of what I would get out of it.  Six months on, the support I have received from the ACORNS Lead Entrepreneurs and participants is enormous.

Jing Farrelly, Zatino Ltd.

ACORNS has been a fantastic experience and support to me and without it my business would never have progressed to where it is now.

Lisa Larkin, Durrow Mills

The whole ACORNS experience has been of value to us as a start-up.  From networking with other female entrepreneurs, building a business structure to your idea, to exploring the future of where you want to see your company going.

Lisa Marie Clinton, Avail Support Ltd.

The ACORNS programme was a great way of learning from others’ experiences, meeting like-minded people and supporting each other through setting up a successful business.

Maeve Sheridan, Western Herd Brewing

Participating on the ACORNS programme has been of significant benefit to me personally as a business woman and to my company.  The programme was run in a professional and structured manner and fostered a culture of comraderie and friendship between the women participating.  I would recommend it to any female entrepreneur.

Martha Kearns, Storylab

My confidence in my business/self has gone from wobbly to “sure and steady”.

Martina Walsh, Knitanything.com

ACORNS has been the most refreshing experience.  On entering the world of business I found myself in ways unprepared for the decisions and responsibilities I suddenly had to make.  ACORNS guided me and my business through this and I am 100% thankful for having been given this opportunity and hopefully my ACORNS journey continues.

Maryrose Simpson, MyLadyBug

ACORNS is a must attend and highly recommended programme for any female entrepreneur setting their sights for growing a successful and sustainable business.

Mila Khokha, Baked with Love

The support, motivation and energy from the group I participated in was electric.  I recommend ACORNS to every ambitious female entrepreneur I meet.  I networked beyond and outside my group too and have engaged in wonderful collaborations with some of the women I have met.

Niamh Hogan, Holos Skincare

ACORNS gave me the opportunity to spend time with other women in business and take an outside view of my company.  It has really helped me to see the bigger picture.

Niamh White, Horetown House

ACORNS is the best start-up programme I have been part of.  I feel so lucky to have been part of such an inspiring and motivating group of women.  I have learnt invaluable lessons and built a strong network of fellow female entrepreneurs that I will remain in touch with for years to come.

Nicki Hoyne, My Shining Armour

A very useful programme, which provides a great opportunity to learn from other successful business experiences.  The programme was an opportunity to take time out from the business and take a “helicopter view”.  I launched a new range of products during the programme and Bo Rua Farm continues to go from strength to strength.

Norma Dinneen, Bo Rua Farm

ACORNS was a truly motivational experience and I leave it feeling inspired to continue the journey that has started over these last six months.

Ruth Graham, Aye Do

Great to keep you focused in your business and to get things done instead of putting them on the long finger.

Sandra Burns, Joe’s Farm Crisps

ACORNS is an incredible initiative designed to support rural based entrepreneurs.  I had great pleasure in participating on the pilot programme and as a result have built my business and developed a superb support network.

Sarah Martin, Mama Bud

I recommend ACORNS to women who have set up their business in the past year.  Receiving this great support from experienced leaders in so many areas of expertise is invaluable.  I will use the knowledge I have received to further my business. 

Valerie Murphy, Valerie’s Breast Care