The Athlete365 Business Accelerator is designed to help you take your first steps in the entrepreneurial world and turn your idea into a genuine business opportunity.

You will be introduced to the basics of entrepreneurship and given the tools and confidence to take the first steps towards developing your initial ideas.

Get started by signing up to a free, three-hour online bootcamp where you can discover if entrepreneurship is for you.

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Does your business idea need an extra push to get started? The Athlete365 Business Accelerator is a free-to-use entrepreneurial journey funded by Olympic Solidarity, which will provide you with the tools to kick-start and then supercharge your idea. Attend an exclusive virtual workshop with us, take our online course, and apply to receive mentoring from experts around the world.

1

Open to all athletes, kick-start your business by signing up to our three-hour virtual bootcamp for an introduction to the Athlete365 Business Accelerator.

2

Turn your idea into a genuine business plan with our six-lesson online course, where you’ll also be invited to connect with other athlete entrepreneurs by joining online hangouts and taking part in challenges.

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For selected Olympians only, accelerate your business with one-to-one coaching from a local mentor within your region, and monthly online training from experts around the world.

Athlete365 Business Accelerator
We are excited to bring to you the Athlete365 Business Accelerator, a three-stage entrepreneur journey...
Virtual bootcamp

Kick-start your business by signing up to one of our three-hour virtual bootcamp for an introduction to the Athlete365 Business Accelerator. Choose your language and time zone.

Team A
Region: Asia & Oceania
Language: English
Date: Wed 5th May
Time: 08:00 – 11:00 CET

Team B
Region: Europe & Africa
Language: French
Date: Thurs 6th May
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 CET

Team C
Region: Europe, Africa & Asia
Language: English
Date: Wed 5th May
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 CET

Team D
Region: America
Language: Spanish
Date: Thurs 6th May
Time: 17:00 – 20:00 CET

Team E
Region: America
Language: English
Date: Thurs 6th May
Time: 19:00 – 22:00 CET

FAQs

Phases 1 and 2 are open to all athletes, whether retired or still competing, who have come up with an idea for a business or have already started their own business. Phase 3 is for Olympians only. Thirty successful Olympian applicants will be selected for the final acceleration stage.

Each phase is delivered in English, French, and Spanish. If you reach the accelerated mentoring stage, you will receive support from a local mentor who speaks your first language.

Our objective is to provide you with a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a business – from the initial idea, to developing a business plan, to assessing your financial position. Even if you already have a great idea, the Athlete365 Business Accelerator will enhance your skill-set and answer your questions on how to take the next step.

Specifically, you’ll learn how to formulate your idea, create a pitch deck, craft an elevator pitch, and develop your business plan. We’ll also discuss social business and how you can set up your business in a sustainable way, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Phase 1 – Engagement: You’ll start with a three-hour virtual bootcamp delivered by the experts at Yunus Sports Hub that will introduce you to the Athlete365 Business Accelerator and its benefits for you and your business.

Phase 2 – Incubation: The second stage features a six-lesson online course with weekly activities designed to help you develop your business idea, and includes online hangouts and challenges that will allow you to connect with other athlete entrepreneurs. At the end of this stage, you’ll be ready to submit a simplified business plan.

Phase 3 – Acceleration: Available to Olympians only and lasting six months, 30 successful applicants will receive entrepreneurship training from global experts and mentoring from local experts to help you launch your business. This phase includes bi-weekly sessions with a local mentor, and monthly online challenges and hangouts with business experts from the Yunus Sports Hub.

 

Phase 1: The three-hour virtual bootcamp takes place on 6 or 7 May 2021, depending on your region and language.

Phase 2: The six-week sprint runs from 3 May-12 June 2021.

Phase 3: The six-month programme for 30 selected Olympians runs from September 2021-February 2022.

Phase 1: To participate in the three-hour virtual bootcamp, you need to complete and submit the online form. You will then receive a newsletter on Friday 30 April followed by a reminder email on Tuesday 4 May with your Zoom link.

Phase 2: If you registered to attend the three-hour virtual bootcamp, you don’t need to register again for the six-week sprint. Once registered, you will receive a weekly newsletter with your Zoom link to attend the online hangouts and challenges.

Phase 3: The application process for the acceleration stage will open at the beginning of July 2021, and the deadline for applying is 11 July. Details on the application form, eligibility, and how to apply will be shared during the six-week sprint.

 

Your first steps
Testimonials
I am so grateful for the Athlete365 Business Accelerator. Anyone who has an idea in their head should sign up to it.
What the Athlete365 Business Accelerator workshop in New York really emphasised was that as Olympians, we have the power to make a difference in society.
The whole experience – from the online course and workshop right through to the mentoring – has been wonderful. To any athlete thinking of starting their own business, I can only say don’t hesitate to enrol.
The Athlete365 Business Accelerator really opened my eyes to different ideas on how to run a business. I learned far more than I expected to.
Success stories
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Entrepreneurs Eligio Cervantes