WHAT CAN I DO NEXT? HOW CAN I DEVELOP A NEW BUSINESS IDEA? THE ATHLETE365 BUSINESS ACCELERATOR WILL HELP ATHLETES FIND A RESPONSE TO THESE QUESTIONS, SUPPORTING THEM TO CREATE AND DEVELOP THEIR POST-CAREER ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
Career transition for athletes can sometimes be a critical moment, as one’s sports career does not last forever and daily life after competition can change considerably. But this period can also offer new exciting challenges. Thanks to ideas and skills acquired during their sports career, such as leadership, perseverance, resilience and team spirit, elite athletes have an invaluable potential to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs.
Helping athletes and Olympians with dual careers and career transition opportunities, and empowering them to become entrepreneurs, is one of the main focuses of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today, 6 October, during the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires (Argentina), between the IOC and the Yunus Centre, chaired by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006.
In line with Recommendation 18 of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC Athletes’ Commission Strategy, this MoU once again demonstrates the IOC’s commitment to supporting athletes and Olympians during their sporting and non-sporting career, and is a logical continuation of the investment made by Olympic Solidarity in athlete development worldwide.