Dela Programme

Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship have co-created a global accelerator to offer a space for scaling socially driven initiatives.

During the first two editions of the Dela Programme, 204 selected experts from the global social innovation and corporate sector (including IKEA co-workers and colleagues from companies such as Microsoft) provided 24 leading social entrepreneurs support to develop their impact-scaling strategy, testing elements of it in practice. In addition to strategy work, the program has enabled financial support, networking and other opportunities for the participating social entrepreneurs selected from Ashoka’s network.

Meet the current participants of the Dela third edition and learn how, together, we share knowledge, perspectives and networks to support social entrepreneurs, and engage thought partners.

Accelerator programme

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

This third edition of the Dela programme features an Accelerator for ten selected social entrepreneurs.

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

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Engaging experts from the field

The Dela Programme directly involves selected experts from the global social innovation and corporate sector (including IKEA co-workers and colleagues from companies such as Microsoft) 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 them 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.

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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 Thought Partners 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’ and experts to further test the feasibility, viability and desirability of their systems change ideas

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Meet the participants of the Dela III edition

Ashoka Fellows

B. S. Nagesh

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2019

TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers & Retail Associates of India)

Dominika Szaciłło

Elected in Mar 2021

Francesco Piazzesi

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

Hugo Menino Aguiar

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2018

María Almazán

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2016

Said Hammouche

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

Sazzad Hossain

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 2018

Silvia R. Ziller

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 2002

Dela Thought Partners

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
Managing Director, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV
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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 Programme participant
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As opposed to many philanthropic models, where reporting serves are the backbone for a rigid grantor/grantee relationship, the Dela program creates a collaborative feedback loop – where all parties are active communicators in developing a systems change strategy.

Stacey Epperson
Founder of Next Step and Dela Programme participant
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Sustainable systems change cannot be achieved without participation from business leaders and corporations. By analyzing the systems in which they operate and identifying levers of change, businesses have a real opportunity to become real drivers for societal and environmental change.

Vincent Lagacé
Founder of Nuup and Dela Programme participant
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Meet the previous 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

John J

Ashoka Fellow since May 2018

Suraiya Haque

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1999

Fernando Assad

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2015

IKEA co-workers