The IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026 for emerging young leaders (start-up funding of CHF 10,000)

Application deadline: December 31, 2022

Launched in October 2020, the newly designed program is seeing 25 young leaders imagine, design and run their own sustainable sport-based social business. Over the four years, 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 peer-learning opportunities and seed funding.

The final 25 candidates were selected from 350 applicants, all with a clear passion for the sport. The list of 25 selected Young Leaders is balanced in terms of universality and diversity, with 13 female and 12 male candidates, from 25 countries on 5 continents.

The selection process of the IOC Young Leaders for 2023-2026 consists of two stages: the 4-week Learning Sprint and the IOC Young Leaders Program application process.


The profile of the young leader of the IOC:

  • 20-28 years
  • English proficiency
  • Passion for sport as a tool for social and economic change
  • Interest in community action
  • Knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Strong communicator and team player willing to learn and grow.
  • Comfortable in managing social networks and new technologies and platforms.

This program is for you if you want to:

  • Turn ideation and research into real action and solution development.
  • Become a stronger and more effective leader in sport and social business (or a sports and social business entrepreneur)
  • Driving local transformative change in and through sport
  • Represent and embody the Olympic values ​​in action.
  • Commit to a four-year entrepreneurial journey
  • Be a mentee and a mentor through a comprehensive mentoring program
  • Collaborate with other young leaders, experts, researchers, sports leaders, and social business entrepreneurs.

Requirements and skills:
• Knowledge of English is essential, since all learning and communication materials will be in English.
• A commitment of two hours per week is required to participate in the weekly virtual sessions and to complete the weekly assignments.
• Access to a reliable internet connection and basic technology skills are needed to navigate four virtual sessions, complete digital feedback forms, and complete weekly assignments.
• Social media skills are required to complete weekly social media assignments.

• Participants should be interested in learning about the Olympic Movement, Olympism 365 and sport-based development and social enterprises.
• Participants should be interested in applying to the IOC Young Leaders Program after the Learning Sprint has been completed.


  • CHF 10,000 seed funding delivered over the four years
  • Monthly expert-led workshops and guidance.
  • Access to thought leaders and inspirational figures
  • Exclusive invitation to attend the biannual IOC Youth Summit
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global meetings
  • Opportunities to network and share knowledge
  • leadership training
  • A dedicated team available to support


Completion of the 4-week Learning Sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Program.

Registration for the 4-week learning sprint opens on September 15 and closes October 20, 2022.

The four sessions of the 4-week Learning Sprint will take place in November: every Tuesday starting November 8.

Learning material for the 4-week Learning Sprint, including session recordings, can be found in the Learning Center


After successful completion of the 4-week Learning Sprint (certificate of participation obtained), a candidate is eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Program.

The application process opens on December 5 and closes December 31, 2022.

For more information:

Visit the official website of the IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026

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