The Athlete365 Business Accelerator is designed to help you take your first steps in the business world and get your idea off the ground.

The Business Accelerator introduces you to the basics of entrepreneurship and will support you in developing your initial ideas into a genuine business opportunity.

Open to all athletes, a three-hour virtual bootcamp is followed by a six-lesson online course, before 30 successful Olympian applicants are selected for the final acceleration stage.

Since 2010, I’ve been working with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, who founded the Yunus Sports Hub to promote and implement the concept of social business in the sport world. When we started collaborating with the IOC last year, we wanted to create something to support athletes finding it difficult to finance their sport career and career transition. From this, the Athlete365 Business Accelerator was born.

Why the Business Accelerator?

Our main objective with the Business Accelerator is to provide business and entrepreneurship basics to athletes to help you to understand what it takes to start a business from the initial idea to the business plan and on to financial planning. If you already have a business idea and the necessary skills, perhaps you don’t need help, but the course is there to give the basics to those of you who do, and might be an extra push for those of you who already feel you’re in a good position to launch your idea.

Phases one and two are open to all athletes. You’ll begin with a three-hour virtual bootcamp introducing you to the Business Accelerator and its benefits, before being invited to take our six-lesson online course, where you can connect with other athlete entrepreneurs through online hangouts and challenges. The six-lesson online course is long enough to give you the information, but not so long that it is overwhelming.

Social business

While you are welcome to go down any path and sector that you choose, we always encourage athletes to consider social business when starting. This concept is an enterprise which is created specifically to tackle a certain social problem and then reinvest any profits to widen the resulting social impact, helping to solve the initial problem.

The most unique part of the Athlete365 Business Accelerator is its nod to sustainability. Not only is this an increasingly important issue, but we are also seeing an increase in its public exposure, which has led to large interest from the younger generations, creating more opportunities moving forwards, often linked to social business.

The next step

Once you’ve completed the six online lessons, 30 successful Olympian applicants will be selected for the final acceleration phase. This includes access to one-to-one bi-weekly coaching sessions with a local mentor and online challenges and hangouts with business experts from the Yunus Sports Hub. Throughout the three phases, we provide the coaching, but ultimately, it’s up to you to train using our exercises and tasks and to put what you’ve learned into practice.

The most unique part of the Athlete365 Business Accelerator is its nod to sustainability. Not only is this an increasingly important issue, but we are also seeing an increase in its public exposure, which has led to large interest from the younger generations, creating more opportunities moving forwards, often linked to social business.

Does your business idea need an extra push to get started? The Athlete365 Business Accelerator is free-to-use and provides you with the fundamentals to plan your idea.