Dela Accelerator 2019



Participating Social Enterprises

The 2019 Dela accelerator programme was co-created by IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka to support social entrepreneurs with their innovative solutions for solving systemic challenges. During the programme, IKEA co-workers, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs exchanged knowledge and inspired each other to contribute towards greater impact and systems change.

The Programme was split into two phases

The strategy phase
The strategy phase saw IKEA co-workers join an advisory team supporting the social entrepreneurs with their system change strategies. This culminated in a summit, the social entrepreneurs worked with IKEA co-workers and other business leaders to take their initiatives to the next level. The social entrepreneurs received feedback on the strategies and make their final adjustments.
Implementation phase
The implementation phase saw the social entrepreneurs decide on a set of milestones to work on together with senior leaders at IKEA to implement and start their systems change journey. Both phases have now been completed, you can read the full impact report here published in 2020. The evaluation indicates that the programme has been a success with many of the participating social entrepreneurs reporting ‘a shift in their impact focus'.

Read the story of Anne-Sofie, one of the IKEA co-workers who supported Allison Silva with her work running training for Bolivian entrepreneurs, helping expand job opportunities for people in her country.

Social Entrepreneurs

  • 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 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
    More Than Shelters

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

    Fernando develops affordable renovation kits that fix the issues that most impact health in the favelas in Brazil.
  • 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 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 is reversing the pattern of discrimination against women in Indonesia by educating and enabling them to provide for their families.
  • 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
    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 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
    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.