In Swedish DELA means 'to share'.
That’s exactly what the IKEA Social Entrepreneurship B.V. & Ashoka accelerator is all about.

Sharing knowledge, perspectives and networks to support social entrepreneurs who are striving to make positive impact on society and improve the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people. 

The accelerator program will support 12 leading social entrepreneurs whose solutions redefine the underlying root cause of social problems. 




The accelerator will directly involve IKEA co-workers as advisors to support the social entrepreneurs with their strategic challenges. By adding new advice to their efforts, the accelerator aims to further increase the impact of the social entrepreneurs’ work. At the same time, it offers the IKEA advisors an opportunity to learn from the social entrepreneurs.

”By sharing our learnings, we hope to inspire more institutions and people to act for positive social and environmental change.”

Emma Lindgren, Co-director at Ashoka Nordics



We live in a world characterized by deep divides and rapid change. Solving deep-rooted, as well as new social problems, calls for a joint approach across sectors. Together, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka will work with social entrepreneurs and learn from their work and approaches while supporting them to achieve a bigger impact.

“Social entrepreneurs are often pioneers and pathfinders who address social challenges and work to create better opportunities using an entrepreneurial approach and, in many cases, tackling the root causes of poverty and inequality in the process. In a world with big challenges, collaboration and mutual learning is key.” 

Åsa Skogström Feldt, Head of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship at Inter IKEA Group



Through this partnership, we will also source and select the latest, most innovative and leading social entrepreneurs who are working on the topic of livelihood and circularity.

Circularity means looking beyond the current take-make-dispose model and focus on positive society-wide benefits. The social entrepreneurs will inspire IKEA to work in new, smarter and sustainable ways.

We are looking for three new social entrepreneurs from across the world with systems-changing and innovative solutions related to the areas of re-thinking consumption habits, waste management, food, water and agriculture.

Strong candidates must have new ideas, creativity, social impact, entrepreneurial skills, and be ethical.

Social Entrepreneurs


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The Dela Summit, 24-26 October, is a key moment in the life of the Dela Accelerator. Here all the moving pieces of the strategic planning experience come together and culminate in a plan for how to increase the impact of the social entrepreneurs.

Dela is a program developed by IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka to support social entrepreneurs to develop and implement system change strategies to enable better livelihoods for all.


Ashoka and Inter IKEA Group announces that it is expanding its support for social entrepreneurs with a new partnership. Together we will back social entrepreneurs looking to solve deep-rooted social issues in the areas of equality, inclusion and livelihoods.