The IOC Young Leaders Programme 2023 for emerging Leaders (CHF 10,000 seed-funding)

The newly designed program, which will be launched in October 2020, will see 25 young leaders imagine, design, and realize their own sustainable sport-based social business. Each participant will receive expert guidance on a wide range of topics, from human-centered design to impact measurement and user testing, as well as seed funding and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, over the course of four years.

The final 25 candidates were chosen from a pool of 350 applicants, all of whom had a strong interest in sports. The list of 25 Young Leaders chosen is balanced in terms of universality and diversity, with 13 female and 12 male candidates from 25 countries spanning five continents.

The IOC Young Leaders Programme Application Process and the 4-Week Learning Sprint are the two stages in the selection process for 2023-2026.


Profile of an IOC Young Leader:

  • 20-28 years of age
  • English proficiency Passion for sport as a tool for social and economic change Interest in community service
  • Understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Excellent communicator and team player eager to learn and grow
  • Comfortable with social media, as well as new technologies and platforms

If you want to do the following, this program is for you:

  • Convert your ideas and research into real-world action and solution development.
  • Become a more effective and powerful leader in sports and social enterprise (or a sport and social business entrepreneur)
  • Drive local transformative change through and in sport
  • In action, represent and embody Olympic values.
  • Make a four-year commitment to your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Through a comprehensive mentorship program, you can be both a mentee and a mentor.
  • Collaborate with other young leaders, experts, researchers, athletes, and social entrepreneurs.

Requirements and skills:

• Knowledge of English is required, as all learning materials and communication will be in English.

• Participating in weekly virtual sessions and completing weekly tasks requires a two-hour weekly commitment.

• To navigate four virtual sessions, fill out digital feedback forms, and complete weekly tasks, you must have access to a reliable internet connection and basic technology skills.

• Weekly social media tasks necessitate the use of social media skills.


• Participants should be interested in learning about the Olympic Movement, Olympism 365, and sport-based social business and development.

• After the Learning Sprint, participants should be interested in applying for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.


  • Seed funding of CHF 10,000 is provided over a four-year period.
  • Expert-led workshops and guidance are held on a monthly basis.
  • Access to influential thinkers and role models
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global gatherings Invitations to attend and speak at bi-annual IOC Youth Summit
  • Opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing
  • Coaching for leaders
  • A dedicated team is on hand to assist.


  • Completion of the 4-Week Learning Sprint is the first requirement for a candidate to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.
  • Registration for the 4-Week Learning Sprint begins on September 15 and ends on October 20, 2022
  • The four sessions of the 4-Week Learning Sprint will take place in November, beginning on Tuesday, November 8th.
  • The Learning Hub contains all of the learning materials from the 4-Week Learning Sprint, including session recordings.


  • A candidate becomes eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme after successfully completing the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned).

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