The Ballyhoura Development Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network (WREN) Programme supports female entrepreneurs to start or develop their business through free training, mentoring, networking, and other tailored supports.


The Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 - 2020.

WREN Level 2 Business Training Workshop Series starting Tuesday June 9th 2020.

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WREN Level 1

This level of the Programme is designed for women who are in the very early stages of business development. Beginning in Autumn 2020, Level 1 will run in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork and will involve a structured series of training courses and workshops which will support female entrepreneurs to;

  • create a business plan;
  • develop their financial management skills;
  • learn how to market their product or service;
  • become part of a network of female business owners;
  • become better equipped on a personal level to start and develop a new business;
  • and much more!

WREN Level 2 

Level 2 is aimed at women who have already set up their business, have a business plan, and would like support to develop it further. Participants on this programme will have access to;

  • Online business training (see below for details)
  • One-to-one business mentoring
  • Personal development workshops
  • Networking opportunities and guest speaker events.  

If you would like to find out more about how WREN could work for you, please contact Carrie O'Donoghue at [email protected] 

*Eligibility criteria apply.