Dela Accelerator



Participating Social Enterprises

Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship has together created an accelerator program, Dela Accelerator programme, focusing on scaling existing social enterprises in the areas of livelihoods, equality, and inclusion on a system level, that way increasing their impact. 

In Swedish “dela” means to share, which is exactly what this accelerator is all about. Sharing knowledge, perspectives and networks to support social entrepreneurs who are striving to make a positive impact on society and improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people. 

The program partners IKEA co-workers with social entrepreneurs, to help with their strategic and implementation challenges, but also for IKEA to learn from them, to adopt their business practices and test them within IKEA.  Together, we offer a unique fellowship experience based on IKEA and Ashoka’s expertise and networks. IKEA also gets the chance to involve them as ambassadors and sparring partner on the journey to become fully circular by 2030. 

Learning from each other, we are developing a knowledge hub, to be shared and drawn upon internally and externally.

Dela Accelerator programme is divided in two phases

The strategy phase
The strategy phase sees selected IKEA co-workers join an advisory team supporting the social entrepreneurs with their business planning and scale up strategies. This culminates in a Dela Summit where the social entrepreneurs work with their IKEA advisors and others to take their initiatives to the next level. The social entrepreneurs get a chance to receive feedback on the strategies they have developed and make their final adjustments.
Implementation phase
Moving to the implementation phase, social entrepreneurs will have to decide on a set of milestones from their strategies to work on together with senior leaders at IKEA to implement and start their systems change journey.

Social Entrepreneurs

  • Allison Silva
    Allison Silva

    Fundacion Empreender Futuro

    Allison increases the ability for vulnerable people to improve their social status by democratizing access to business information and services.
  • Dan Drescoll
    Dan Drescoll


    Dan has created Anou, a community of artisans working together to reshape Morocco's artisan economy so that it works for them rather than against them.
  • Daniel Kerber
    Daniel Kerber

    More Than Shelters

    Daniel prototypes dignified living concepts for refugees, bridging crucial stages of their journeys.
  • Fernando Assad
    Fernando Assad

    Programa Vivenda

    Fernando developes affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
  • John John
    John John

    Grassroot Tea Corporation

    John is creating a new model for small tea growers to organize themselves, manufacture and sell tea to markets directly while influencing policy.
  • Liisa Smits
    Liisa Smits


    Liisa provides farmers in Ghana with climate data sets that allow them to increase their yield and efficiency by timing planting, cultivating, and harvesting.
  • Nani Zulminarni
    Nani Zulminarni


    Nani is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women in Indonesia by educating and enabling them to provide for their families.
  • Neelkanth Mishra
    Neelkanth Mishra

    Center for Aquatic Livelihood-Jaljeevika

    By helping farmers see the economic opportunity in cooperating, Neelkanth has reached 50 000 farmers and successfully integrated in-land fisheries in six states' livelihood programs.
  • Scott Stiles
    Scott Stiles

    Fair Employment Agency

    Scott shifts domestic worker agency models to one that erases fees to workers and re-aligns incentives at each link along the recruitment chain in Hong Kong and the Philippines. 
  • Suraiya Haque
    Suraiya Haque


    Suraiya has developed self-sustaining models for workplace-based care centers at factories and offices, enabling economic emancipation for women in Bangladesh.
  • Wietse van der Werf
    Wietse van der Werf

    Sea Ranger Service

    Wietse combines empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a solution to the monitoring of marine protected areas.