The GSW Social Booster is a programme delivered by Global Sports Week and powered by 17 Sport, that identifies, promotes and supports impact-led sports projects from around the world.

It is open to non-profits and social businesses that use sport to address specific objectives identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Finalists are selected based on the proven effectiveness and scalability potential of their projects. They have the opportunity to pitch their project to prospective investors and key leaders of sports business and society during Global Sports Week. These projects then benefit from an acceleration and support programme.

Applications for the GSW Social Booster 2021 programme are now open!

Apply between November 4th and December 4th, 2020

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8 non-profit and social business projects will be selected for the GSW Social Booster 2021 programme. We aim to select the most relevant projects from all around the world, responding to one or more of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

- Health (Goal 3)

- Quality Education for all (Goal 4)

- Gender Equality (Goal 5)

- Climate Action (Goal 13)

The finalists will be given the opportunity to pitch their project during Global Sports Week 2021 which will be held between February 1st and 5th 2021, with events taking place in Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Milan, Dakar, Los Angeles and online.

They will also receive visibility through GSWParis and 17 Sport communications around the event.

After the event, the finalists will take part in a three-month acceleration programme led by 17 Sport and focused on providing strategic and structural support to their organisation and/or project.

In 2020, nine finalists were invited to the inaugural Global Sports Week, including:

> 0 Mégot (France)

> 49ers EDU (US)

> Baba au run (France)

> ENGSO Youth (Europe / Hungary)

> Fundlife (Philippines)

> La recyclerie sportive (France)

> Parikrma Foundation (India)

> Sourire d'un enfant (France / Senegal)

> Terres en mêlées (France / Madagascar) 


Click here to download the PDF for full information on the benefits and requirements of the programme.


Please note that this year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, only projects based in or near one of our six hub cities will be able to attend the event physically; the others will be able to participate through our digital platform.





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