The IKEA Social Entrepreneurship Dela (meaning to share) Accelerator Programme - developed in partnership with Ashoka, an organisation that has backed social entrepreneurs for over 40 years - is designed to support social entrepreneurs working with big challenges, like inequalities and climate change, in scaling their impact. Wietse van der Werf, founder of the Sea Ranger Service, has seen a significant difference in his social enterprise since participating in the programme.
Social entrepreneurs like Wietse often face challenges in expanding their work, having limited access to finance, business development and networks. By sharing our networks and business knowledge, we back new social entrepreneurs and support established ones to grow. The result is not necessarily a product or service. Instead, it’s about increasing the potential to create lasting social change.
Through the Dela Accelerator Programme, a number of social entrepreneurs from Ashoka’s network are supported by specialists from different parts of the IKEA business, as part of an advisory team.