A collaboration between Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship
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 work with social entrepreneurs and learn from their work and approaches while supporting them to achieve a bigger impact.
Together, we share knowledge, perspectives and networks to support social entrepreneurs, and to engage IKEA co-workers.
Åsa Skogström Feldt
Head of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship at Inter IKEA Group
“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.”
The accelerator program supports leading social entrepreneurs whose solutions redefine the underlying root cause of social problems.
In Swedish 'Dela' means 'to share'. That’s exactly what the IKEA Social Entrepreneurship B.V. and 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 marginalized people
The accelerator 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.
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.
Strong candidates must have new ideas, creativity, social impact, entrepreneurial skills, and be ethical.