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A global partnership to strengthen and scale the work of social entrepreneurs, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka will work with and support social entrepreneurs that contribute to equality, inclusion, and decent livelihoods around the world.

By supporting social entrepreneurs with their business scale-up plans, we enable both new and established social entrepreneurs to develop their solutions, and by sharing our learnings we help accelerate the social entrepreneurial movement. 

Dela Accelerator Programme

Curious to know what systems change is and how the Dela programme supports the social entrepreneurs with their systems change strategies? Watch this short animation to find out:
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Dela III Accelerator 2021


The 2021 Dela programme focuses on systems change, acknowledging that, in order to achieve long-lasting change and social impact, it is often required to alter the underlying structures of a particular system. ​Through this accelerator programme, 10 leading social entrepreneurs will receive support in scaling the impact of their systemic change solutions. 

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Dela II Accelerator 2020

2020 - 2021

Ashoka & IKEA Social Entrepreneurship have co-created a global accelerator, Dela, to support leading social entrepreneurs develop their impact and scaling strategies. In this second edition of the programme, twelve social entrepreneurs will participate and embark on a journey to accelerate their ideas, supported by IKEA co-workers, business leaders, and the social entrepreneurs themselves. 

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Dela Accelerator 2019

2019 - 2020

The 2019 Dela accelerator programme was co-created by IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Ashoka to support social entrepreneurs with their innovative solutions for solving systemic challenges. During the programme, IKEA co-workers, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs exchanged knowledge and inspired each other to contribute towards greater impact and systems change.

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Ashoka Fellows

As part of the Dela programme, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship supports Ashoka to identify and bring on board a number of social entrepreneurs to join their network and become an 'Ashoka Fellow'. These are social entrepreneurs that champion innovative ideas that transform society’s systems and improve the lives of millions of people. They are the ultimate role models in today’s world:

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Pranshu Singhal

Pranshu believes in transforming the dangerous e-waste recycling ecosystem into one that is cohesive and safe for all. Through his organisation, ‘Karo Sambhav’ (‘Make Possible’), Pranshu is enabling people and institutions to responsibly recycle e-waste by rewarding positive behaviour and challenging the norms and perceptions towards what is safe recycling.
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Sazzad Hossain

Sazzad Hossain, CEO of SDI Academy, is a social entrepreneur who believes in the power of technology and human connection to accelerate social impact. Having experienced a language barrier himself in his earlier childhood, Sazzad is especially passionate about promoting opportunities to migrants and refugees that allows them to quickly develop their linguistic skillset.
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Vincent Lagacé

Vincent Lagacé

Through his social enterprise Nuup, Vincent improves the livelihoods of smallholder producers by involving them, the organizations that serve them, and the corporations that buy their produce in a common effort to design better, fairer value chains.
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