The IOC Young Leaders Programme 2023/2026 for young emerging Leaders (CHF 10,000 seed-funding)


Application Deadline: 31 December 2022

Launching in October 2020, the newly designed program will see 25 young leaders envision, design and realize their own sustainable sport-based social business. Over the four years, each participant will receive expert guidance on a variety of topics from human-centered design to impact measurement and user testing, as well as seed funding and peer learning opportunities.

The final 25 candidates were selected from among 350 candidates, and it was clear that they had a passion for 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 across 5 continents.

The process of choosing the IOC Young Leaders for 2023-2026 consists of two phases: the 4-Week Learning Sprint and the IOC Young Leaders Program Application Process.


IOC Young Leader Profile:

  • 20-28 years old
  • Proficiency in English
  • Passion for sport as a tool for social and economic change
  • Interest in community action
  • Knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • A strong communicator and team player who is willing to learn and grow
  • Comfortable with managing social media, and new technologies and platforms
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This program is for you if you want to:

  • Turning ideas and research into real action and developing solutions
  • Becoming a more effective and stronger leader in sport and social business (or a sport and social business entrepreneur)
  • Encouraging local transformative change in and through sport
  • Reflect and embody the Olympic values ​​in action
  • Commitment to a four-year entrepreneurial journey
  • Become both a mentor and a mentee 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, as all learning and communication material will be in English.
• A commitment of two hours per week is required to participate in weekly virtual sessions and complete weekly assignments.
• Access to a reliable internet connection and basic technology skills are required to navigate four virtual sessions, fill out digital feedback forms and complete weekly assignments.
• Social media skills are required to complete weekly social media tasks.

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


  • CHF 10,000 seed funding delivered over the four years
  • Monthly workshops and expert guidance
  • Discover thought leaders and inspiring people
  • An exclusive invitation to attend the biennial IOC Youth Summit
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global meetings
  • Networking and knowledge sharing opportunities
  • Leadership trainer
  • Dedicated staff available to provide support
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Completion of the 4-Week Learning Sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

Registration for the 4-Week Learning sprint opens on 15 September and closes on 20 October 2022.

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

The learning material of the 4-Week Learning Current, including session recordings is available on the Learning Hub


After successfully completing the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned), a candidate will be eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Web Page of the IOC Young Leaders Program 2023/2026


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