The Changemakers Accelerator supports Nordic Social Entrepreneurs with innovative solutions within Climate Action and Circularity in developing and executing a systems change strategy for disruptive long-term impact.
Powered by: Nordea
Supported by: Accenture
We provide a Nordic platform for Changemaking
IN BRIEF: The Changemakers Accelerator is a joint effort by Ashoka, Nordea and Accenture which aims to support innovative Nordic Social Entrepreneurs working towards the biggest social challenges the Nordics face today. This year the Changemakers Accelerator has identified nine social entrepreneurs with the potential to create a systemic change, meaning they have the potential to be game-changers for the fields of climate action and circularity.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the program is to support the participants to create systems change strategies and to connect them to a community of committed stakeholders who can contribute to maximise the impact of their solutions.
WHY NOW? The Nordic region shares many commonalities, such as strong welfare states and an environment known for fostering innovation, as well as similar societal challenges in areas such as integration, climate change, education, etc. In order to tackle these challenges, the region needs more social innovation, which often starts at the hands of a Social Entrepreneur. To create more impact and allow social innovation to spread, we need to enable the eco-system and support Nordic social entrepreneurs.
Supporting innovative Nordic Social Entrepreneurs to create systemic change within climate action and circularity.
The Nordic Social Entrepreneurs are able to scale the impact of their solutions to tackle the climate challenge.
Social innovation spreads across borders and Nordic Social Entrepreneurs achieve systemic impact.
Increased impact for the Social Entrepreneurs and engagement of different stakeholders.
“I'm thankful to be part of the Changemakers Accelerator. The timing for us is perfect as we’re scaling globally. We look forward to working with the Accelerator team and the other impact scale-ups.”
“Today, we face many challenges and I believe that we need impact entrepreneurs to solve societal issues. But they can’t succeed alone. That is why we have engaged with Ashoka and Accenture. We are partnering up to accelerate entrepreneurship in the Nordics”
“Collaboration among diverse actors is key to innovation and impact, and I am very excited about the year ahead with this group of truly engaged partners and fantastic entrepreneurs.”
These are the nine Social Entrepreneours that will be part of the Changemakers Accelerator focusing on climate action and circularity.
Anantha holds a doctoral degree in plant biotech from the Technical University of Denmark. He uses his scientific and managing experience in the food industry to identify and combine innovative solutions to create sustainable food systems.
Nature Preserve designs food products that are healthy for our bodies and the planet, encouraging societies to fight food waste.
Ann has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Ecology, a Master's Degree in Sustainable Development and is a mental coach. She personally suffered from “climate anxiety”, which inspired her to develop a method of mental tools to alleviate climate anxiety.
BeChange combines practical and mental training to almost halving people’s carbon emissions.
Christian holds a Masters in philosophy and business, as well as being an Army Officer. He is a serial-entrepreneur who loves to create, preferably businesses who make an impact in the world.
Goodwings is hotel booking platform with impact as its DNA and with the ambition of transforming the social and environmental footprint of travel.
Harri is planting his apple tree in the form of sustainable services and technology, hoping it will make a difference in the lives of his children.
Jaaxx is building the alternative to the throwaway society by enabling easy sustainable everyday life – as a service.
Jessica & Wilhelm
Wilhelm Myrer is a serial entrepreneur passionate about applying new technologies to solving major global challenges with ease. Jessica Cao is a sustainability legal ninja fighting plastic waste around the world, laughing and crying while doing it!
Empower is building a global plastic waste ecosystem using Blockchain.
We Unite Design
Lina is a social entrepreneur passionate about the environment and children’s rights. She combines creativity, design and business in everything, always keeping the environment in mind.
We Unite Design's purpose is to relocate leftover furniture, bringing together those who are in possession of used good quality furniture and those who need it.
Lasse, Martin & Olav
With varied backgrounds from property development to architecture and construction, Olav Westgaard Sunde, Lasse Kilvær and Martin S. Eid have joined forces to disrupt a traditional industry with a circular take on material resources and ecosmart asset management.
Resirqel is Norway’s only specialists on re-use of building components.
Niklas’ passion is bringing different stakeholders to work together to solve the biggest challenge of our time; climate change.
Compensate works with companies to offer their customers a convenient, trusted and effective way to offset their emissions, making products more expensive and thus driving emission cuts.
Impact is Ylva's strongest driving force. To create impact gives her strength and hope for the future. It's Ylva's injection against climate resignation.
Plan M helps property owners reduce fossil-based travel by reducing car dependency in cities.