CEDRA - Female Rural Entrepreneurs
Following a competitive tendering process run by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the funds allocated to the Rural Innovation and Development Fund to support female rural entrepreneurs was awarded to the subsequent proposal:
- Development and Delivery of Programme for Nascent Rural Female Entrepreneurs - ACORNS 2 (Fitzsimons Consulting)
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.