Dela Programme

A collaboration between Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

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.

Together, we share knowledge, perspectives and networks to support social entrepreneurs, and to engage IKEA co-workers.


Social entrepreneurs are pathfinders who address social challenges and work to create better opportunities, tackling the root causes of poverty and inequality. In a world with big challenges, collaboration and mutual learning is key.

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

For me, the Dela accelerator programme is a radical revolution. Once you are invited to structure and implement a systems change strategy in order to reach much more impact, the way you used to see your work changes completely.

Fernando Azzad
Ashoka fellow and Dela accelerator participant

Accelerator programme

The accelerator programme supports leading social entrepreneurs whose solutions redefine the underlying root cause of social problems. 

The second edition of the Dela programme features an Accelerator for 12 selected social entrepreneurs.

The Accelerator will focus on enhancing the system change strategies of the social entrepreneurs and identifying the organisational milestones required to attain them.

Caroline Reid

IKEA co-workers engagement

The Dela Programme directly involves IKEA co-workers as advisors to support the social entrepreneurs with their strategic and implementational 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. With the support of Ashoka, IKEA co-workers and Thought Partners will present their new strategies to a group of hand-picked top-level executives who will challenge their assumptions and refine their strategies.

Dela programme

Adding Social Entrepreneurs

Through this partnership, we 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 inspire IKEA to work in new, smarter and sustainable ways.

The social entrepreneurs also get the option to join a Scoping and Experimentation phase. This will see them paired with ‘Experimenting Partners’ & experts to further test the feasibility, viability and desirability of their systems change ideas

Meet the current participants of the Dela II edition

Ashoka Fellows

Sofia Appelgren

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2010

Arbind Singh

Ashoka Fellow since May 2007

Frédéric Bardeau

Ashoka Fellow since May 2015

Vincent Lagacé

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2019

Jane Leu

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2005

Andreas Eke

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

Chid Liberty

Ashoka Fellow since May 2018

Stacey Epperson

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2012

IKEA co-workers

Meet the previous participants of the Dela I edition

Liisa Smits

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Daniel Kerber

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 2016

Nani Zulminarni

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2007

Scott Stiles

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 2018

John J

Ashoka Fellow since May 2018

Suraiya Haque

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1999

Fernando Assad

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2015

IKEA co-workers