Through the Women's Rural Entrepreneurship Network (WREN) Programme, Ballyhoura Development supports women who are setting up a new business*. 

Do you have a business idea or a newly started business which you would like help developing? Join the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network! It's free and is designed to fit around your busy schedule through a mix of classroom and online delivery.


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 1

This level is designed for women who are in the very early stages of business development. In 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. Participation at this level is very flexible and business owners can choose from a suite of training and networking opportunities to suit their needs. This level will be delivered across various locations and online. 

If you would like to apply for either level of the WREN programme, please submit an application by clicking below. Applications will be reviewed and applicants may be shortlisted and called to interview prior to commencement on the programme.

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If you would like to find out more about how WREN could work for you, please contact Ciara Shorley at [email protected]

*Eligibility criteria apply.