Challenging systems, changing lives

Today IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka kick off the third edition of our co-created global accelerator Dela.

From establishing green roofs in Bangladesh to developing storybook apps for deaf children, ten inspirational social entrepreneurs join our Dela accelerator family. 

Pioneers and change makers 

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 people around the world who need it the most. People like Ahsan Rony from Green Savers:

“I want to scale my initiative to a bigger extent so that it can create an impact for my country.” - Ahsan Rony

Green Savers creates environmental and social impact with rooftop gardens in Bangladesh. With about 500,000 feasible rooftops in Dhaka, Green Savers provide support in establishing and promoting different types of rooftop gardening in Dhaka city, to help city dwellers produce fresh food and fresh air at the same time as creating jobs.

But also social entrepreneurs like Melissa Malzkuhn, Founder & Director of Motion Light Lab, that use technology to create learning experiences for deaf children and all visual learners. It is a deaf-founded and led sign-centric space where creative literature intersects with digital technology supporting the development of literacy and storybook apps for deaf children.

“I want to find sustainability to have strong, coherent programming initiatives that give us the backbone to be able to serve those in need, and leverage other groups, organizations, and teams of our platform." - Melissa Malzkuhn

You can meet all the participating Dela social entrepreneurs here.

TRRAIN is another participating social enterprises that provides training and upskilling to marginalised groups in India with little to no access to the job market.
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Systems change

Dela focuses on scaling social entrepreneurs that work at a system level in the areas of livelihoods, equality, and inclusion that way increasing their impact.

Throughout Dela, IKEA co-workers play an active part in supporting the social entrepreneurs with their scale-up channels, working alongside them and taking inspiration for how IKEA can be a more sustainable and inclusive business.


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