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ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

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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. 

 

CO-WORKER ENGAGEMENT

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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

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

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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

ADDING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

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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

Stories

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Today was the third and last day of the Dela Summit. The day was a time for the Social Entrepreneurs to reflect and get to know each other better. Together we have experienced two fun and hectic days, so therefore today was a chance for all to take a step back, and for the first time since we got here, we went outside the IKEA Head Office.

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As one door closes, another opens. Today, the Dela Accelerator went from the strategy phase to the implementation phase. The IKEA Strategy Advisors handed over the work to the IKEA Implementation Advisors, and the work continues between them and the Social Entrepreneurs. 

We are up and running! Today has been a hectic and super exciting day. We have met many interesting and inspiring people. We started the day with a welcome meeting where Torbjörn Lööf, CEO of Inter IKEA Group, Åsa Skogström Feldt, Director of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Marie Ringler, Director of Ashoka Europe, spoke about the cooperation.