Latin America Accelerator

Chile, Columbia, Peru, Brazil


Participating Social Enterprises

Accelerating social entrepreneurs in Latin America

Beginning in spring of 2020 this three-year, co-created accelerator programme has been designed alongside IKEA regional representatives (IKSO - IKEA Chile, Colombia, Peru & Inter IKEA in Brazil). It will support 12 selected social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their businesses but need specific advice on how to do so. Each participant will receive tailor-made guidance combining mentoring, coaching, training and implementation support from IKEA and NESsT in the areas of marketing & communications, business development and marketplace access.

The programme will work with entrepreneurs who produce sustainable products and/or who offer services that provide dignified employment and income to five key vulnerable groups across the region: low-income women, small producers, people with disabilities/different abilities, ethnic communities and at-risk youth.

Three social enterprises have joined the programme and are receiving specific guidance on how to adapt their businesses to the challenges brought on from the COVID-19 crises. 

Social Enterprises


Café Compadre

Empowers coffee farmers in the central Peruvian jungle by providing them with solar-powered technology to roast and sell their beans. They are now moving from selling their coffee in stores and offices, to selling directly to households.
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Train and provide people with disabilities quality jobs in gastronomy. They also develop kitchens adaptable to disabilities. They are currently selling their empanadas in other formats and online.
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Produces a line of low-cost 3D printed prosthesis products made accessible to children and adults.  They quickly adjusted to Covid 19 providing healthcare protection to hospitals.
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