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A global partnership to strengthen and scale the work of social entrepreneurs, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka will work with and support social entrepreneurs that contribute to equality, inclusion, and decent livelihoods around the world.

By supporting social entrepreneurs with their business scale-up plans, we enable both new and established social entrepreneurs to develop their solutions, and by sharing our learnings we help accelerate the social entrepreneurial movement. 

Dela Accelerator Programme

Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship have together co-created an accelerator programme ‘Dela’. This programme focuses on scaling established social enterprises that work at a system level in the areas of livelihoods, equality, and inclusion, 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 programme partners IKEA co-workers with social entrepreneurs to support them with their business challenges. But it’s not all one way. It is also for IKEA to learn from the social entrepreneurs, 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 partners on the journey to IKEA becoming fully circular by 2030.

Dela Accelerator

Dela Accelerator 2019

2019 - 2020

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.

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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.
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