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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: April – Oct 2019
The strategy phase sees twelve IKEA leaders become part of an advisory team, supporting the social entrepreneurs with the business planning and scale up strategies. This culminates in Dela Summit where the social entrepreneurs work with IKEA and others, to help take their initiatives to the next level. The social entrepreneurs is getting a chance to receive feedback on the strategies they have developed and prepared.
Implementation phase: Nov 2019 – April 2020
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.
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