The IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026 for emerging young leaders (CHF 10,000 seed funding) |  Opportunities for Africans

The IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026 for emerging young leaders (CHF 10,000 seed funding) | Opportunities for Africans


Application deadline: December 31, 2022

Launched in October 2020, the newly designed program sees 25 young leaders imagine, design and deliver their own sustainable sport-based social enterprise. Over the four years, each participant will receive expert guidance on a myriad of topics ranging from human-centered design to impact measurement and user testing, as well as seed funding opportunities. and peer-to-peer learning.

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

The process of selecting 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 IOC leader:

  • 20-28 years old
  • English proficiency
  • The passion for sport as a tool for social and economic change
  • Interest in community action
  • Knowledge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Good communicator and team player eager to learn and grow
  • At ease in managing social media 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 more effective and stronger leader in sport and social business (or a sport and social business entrepreneur)
  • Driving local transformative change in and through sport
  • Represent and embody the Olympic values ​​in action
  • Engage in a four-year entrepreneurial journey
  • Be both a mentee and a mentor with a comprehensive mentorship program
  • Collaborate with other young leaders, experts, researchers, sports leaders and social entrepreneurs

Requirements and skills:
• Knowledge of English is essential, as all learning materials and communication 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 tasks.
• Access to a reliable internet connection and basic technology skills are required to navigate through four virtual sessions, complete digital feedback forms, and complete weekly tasks.
• Social media skills are required to complete weekly social media tasks.

• Participants should be interested in learning more about the Olympic Movement, Olympism 365 and sport-based social enterprise and development.
• Participants must be interested in applying to the IOC Young Leaders Program once the Learning Sprint is complete.


  • CHF 10,000 seed funding over four years
  • Monthly workshops and advice led by experts
  • Access to opinion leaders and inspirational personalities
  • Exclusive invitation to attend the bi-annual IOC Youth Summit
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global gatherings
  • Networking and knowledge sharing opportunities
  • Executive Coaching
  • A dedicated team at your service


Completion of the 4-week learning sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Program.

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

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

4-Week Learning Sprint learning materials, including session recordings, are available on the Learning Hub


After successfully completing the 4-week learning sprint (certificate of participation obtained), a candidate becomes eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Program.

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

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026

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