We exclusively interviewed Lea Davison, a two-time Olympian in mountain biking. Nine years ago she co-founded Little Bellas, a non-profit, all-girls mentoring mountain bike programme with her sister, Sabra.

Lea has contributed to the brand new Business Start-Up: From Idea to Launch course and she shares with us her 5 top-tips for starting your own business:

  • Just start somewhere. If you’re an Olympian or an elite-level athlete who is transferring out of sport, you have a lot of power and you can make a lot of impact. So you just have to start somewhere, put your head down and do the work and it will work out.
  • Be determined. If you have a goal and you put your mind to it, just like in sport, you can really make big things happen, we started with virtually nothing and now we’re a national non-profit.
  • Have a great team behind the operation. When you’re an elite-level athlete, it truly takes a whole group of people to get great results. That’s proving handy for Little Bellas as well – we’ve assembled a great team.
  • Use your network. My position as a professional mountain biker has really helped grow our non-profit, Little Bellas. I really used a lot of my contacts within the sport, whether it be media or sponsor contacts; just being well networked within the mountain bike world has really helped us.
  • Be willing to listen. Go into it without an ego – be willing to improve and always willing to listen, because there’s a lot to learn and absorb.

Channel your inner entrepreneur and kick-start your dream of starting a business with the Athlete365 Business Accelerator. Brought to you in partnership with the Yunus Centre and funded through Olympic Solidarity, get started today. 
You can watch Lea’s full interview, which is part of the Business Start-Up: From Idea to Launch course.