The new accelerator programme for social projects within the sports industry,
powered by 17 Sport.


We believe sport has tremendous power as a lever of sustainable and societal development, addressing the major challenges in our fast-changing world. We therefore took an early decision to place the Social Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the UN at the centre of this new event.

Global Sports Week seeks to promote social and sustainable innovation led by organisations working in the social sector (NGOs, social businesses, unipersonal projects, etc.).

To support this ambition, we are creating an accelerator dedicated to helping sport and social projects to scale their operations… This booster programme will identify, promote and support impact-led projects from around the world.

Zoom in on our partner

The creation of the GSW Social Booster is possible thanks to our purposeful partnership with 17 Sport who have already, and will continue to, play an integral role in helping us to shape and deliver the program.

Fabien Paget, co-founder: “We believe that sport is the most powerful platform available to drive social and evironmental impact towards a sustainable future. But we also believe that sport can do more and that today, it’s possible to do well and do good. That’s why we’ve created 17 Sport as the world’s first truly integrated sports impact company operating at the intersection of sport, business and purpose.

Our mission is to use the power of sport to build a positive future for the world and to do so as a mission driven benefit corporation that operates in a responsible way, in line with our aspirations around B Corp certification.

We are convinced that the purpose-led business solutions that we provide to all the stakeholders of the sport, industry (global sports properties, sponsors, athletes and non-profits) will help to accelerate the positive change we want to see in the world through sport.

Therefore, we couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with GSW on this innovative new Booster initiative.”

How will projects be accelerated?

The chosen projects will benefit from a one-year acceleration program after Global Sports Week (combining promotion, operational support from the GSW community, business and networking assistance, etc.). We will provide remote support throughout the year, with recurrent online meetings and follow up.

The nine best projects will be invited to Global Sports Week and have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of key leaders of sports business and society. We also plan on inviting and facilitating meetings with social investors.

What are we looking for?

We will select the most relevant projects from all around the world, responding to three specific SDGs:

We want:

  • A proof of concept: our accelerator targets projects that have already proven the effectiveness and scalability of their model.
  • Potential to scale up: the GSW Booster will help project holders find the best partners and development paths to increase their social impact.

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