The Program



What is IKEA Bootcamp?

IKEA Bootcamp is IKEA’s first startup program, made in collaboration with Rainmaking. Ten startups was invited to join the 3-month program starting in September 2017, to work closely together with IKEA and Rainmaking to accelerate their startup. The program ended in December 2017 with a Demo Day where the ten startups  showcased their startup and progress to both IKEA, press, and external investors.

Designed for collaboration

IKEA Bootcamp is designed to facilitate collaboration between your startup and IKEA. We provide you with all the support, access to our facilities, and expert knowledge you need in order to make your business succeed. Furthermore, you will get tailored mentorship and advice from Rainmaking’s global network of entrepreneurs, experts & investors.

You will get

Each startup gets several connection points with IKEA and access to:

  • A senior global business leader as your mentor
  • Domain expertise such as innovation engineers, product category owners & value chain experts
  • Functional expertise within areas such as marketing, finance & legal
  • IKEA’s prototype shop, test labs and advanced materials equipment

How we run the program

The program is a mix of 1:1 mentor sessions, workshops, startup classes and lightning talks – as well as time to build your startup. We will also have different social events such as weekly community breakfasts, ‘after work’ and fun surprises. After the program, IKEA is open to several ways of collaborating, for instance through setting up license agreements, development agreements or establishing joint ventures. IKEA will also consider collaborating through investing or signing supplier agreements with you.


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What do you get?

Access to IKEA experts and innovation labs

Work directly with IKEA’s global leaders such as innovation engineers, product category owners, innovation & creative leaders and value chain experts. Get privileged access to IKEA’s prototype shop, test labs and advanced materials equipment.

20,000 EUR grant, free housing and co-working space in Älmhult

Work from our new co-working space in Älmhult together with the IKEA Range & Supply global innovation team and get free housing and a 20,000 EUR grant to help you develop your product and startup.

Tailored mentorship and advice

Get a dedicated global IKEA business leader as key mentor as well as tailored mentorship and advice from both IKEA and Rainmaking’s global network of serial entrepreneurs, experts and investors.

Hands-on support

Get hands-on support from our Entrepreneurs in Residence with topics such as business development, UX, design, growth hacking, and fundraising.

Workshops and Startup classes

Workshops and startup classes tailored to your needs and that of building a company – learn the lean startup methodology, how to work with investors, pitch-training, how to create an awesome team, growth hacking, and much more. Furthermore, we have secured access to cool services from Amazon. 

Global network

Connect with serial entrepreneurs, experts and investors through Rainmaking’s global network of startups and innovation programs in more than 40 countries on three continents.

Welcome to Älmhult

The program is situated in Älmhult, Sweden, about 2 hour by train from Malmö/Copenhagen airports. Here you will sit at the heart of IKEA Range & Supply Democratic Design Center in a newly designed co-working space. The space is created specifically for the IKEA Bootcamp program, and is just beside the global New Business & Innovation team.

IKEA Range & Supply Democratic Design center is where the IKEA range is developed and made available to stores and customers all over the world. It is also here that IKEA explores the future and create ideas & innovations for a better everyday life at home for the many people.

Application process


Applications closed 6 August, 2017. Follow our social media channels to stay updated on IKEA Bootcamp.

Selection days

We invited 20 teams to participate in Selection Days in Älmhult 21-22 August, 2017.

The program

We have selected the 10 teams that will participate in the bootcamp. See them all here

If you accept the invitation for the selection days in Sweden, you also agree to join the program if your team is one of the selected 10 startups. Download our MOU below

Let’s co-create a better everyday life