IKEA Bootcamp Accelerator

IKEA Bootcamp Accelerator for Start Ups


Call for Applications


Älmhult, Sweden


€20,000 grant


IKEA Bootcamp



IKEA Bootcamp Accelerator for Start Ups

Organised by IKEA

A three-month Sweden-based accelerator programme for start-ups from anywhere in the world that are creating solutions to everyday problems.

Based in Älmhult, Sweden, the programme will offer participating start-ups co-working space in the IKEA Range & Supply Democratic Design centre, including access to the prototype shop, test labs and in-house expertise on topics such as business development, UX, design, growth hacking and fundraising.

The selected start-ups will also benefit from a €20,000 grant, tailored mentorship from an IKEA business professional and Rainmaking’s network, and free accommodation in Sweden for the duration.

IKEA may look for opportunities to continue working with each start-up after the programme, potentially through becoming a client of the business, licensing its technology or investing in the company.

At the Bootcamp participants will be able to connect with serial entrepreneurs, experts and investors through Rainmaking’s global network of start-ups and innovation programs in more than 40 countries on three continents.

About the Programme

This programme is provided by IKEA in collaboration with Rainmaking.

The IKEA Bootcamp Accelerator is a three-month Sweden-based accelerator programme designed to support innovative start-ups from anywhere in the world that are creating solutions to everyday challenges. The programme will offer a €20,000 grant along with co-working space, tailored mentorship and living accommodation.

Through the programme IKEA and its partner Rainmaking will collaborate with 10 start-ups to develop products or services that are affordable, accessible and have “a positive impact on the planet and society”. The programme commences in September and runs for three months.


Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key Criteria

The accelerator is open to start-ups from anywhere in the world that are creating solutions to everyday problems. Eligible sectors include manufacturing, customer experience and retail, food innovation, systems and analytics, disruptive design, disruptive technologies, sustainability.

Applications are being invited from teams of co-founders and an early stage whose company may have anything from an idea to early revenue. IKEA anticipates that applicants will be working within some of the following fields:

Disruptive technology

  • Internet of things

  • Augmented reality

  • Virtual reality

  • 3D printing

Customer experience and retail

  • Omnichannel

  • Virtual reality shopping

  • Last mile delivery

  • e-commerce and mobile services

  • Marketing

  • Financing models

  • Chatbots

Disruptive design

  • AI Assisted Design

  • Smart Materials & Innovation

  • Sensor Tech

  • Digitally Modifiable Furniture


  • Green Footprint

  • Recycling

  • Sourcing & Natural Resources

  • Smart Energy

  • Smart Buildings

  • Manufacturing 4.0

  • Biomaterials

  • Circularity


  • Cost Reduction Technologies

  • Assembly Processes

  • Optimising Packaging

  • Sustainable Manufacturing Processes

  • Material innovation

Supply chain and logistics

  • Shipping & Tracking

  • End-to-end Tracking

  • Logistics & Delivery

  • Fleet Management

  • Supply Chain Resiliency

  • Drones

Systems and analytics

  • Big Data

  • Data Visualisation

  • Supply Chain & Inventory Management

  • Predictive Analytics

  • Cloud Innovation

### Eligible Expenditure

The grant can be spent on developing a product and start-up enterprise.

How to Apply

Applications for IKEA Bootcamp are open until 6 August 2017, with the programme running from 18 September 2017 until 8 December 2017.

2017 programme timeline:

  • 18 May: applications open

  • June-July: IKEA roadshow

  • 6 August at midnight: deadline for applications

  • 21-22 August 2017: selection days

  • 18 September – 8 December 2017: IKEA Bootcamp in Älmhult, Sweden

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