Young Lions


World-class training for future stars

The Young Lions Academies help rising young talent fast-track their careers and become the next generation of industry leaders. They combine inspiring classroom sessions with world-class speakers, hands-on learning and coaching from industry legends.

Mark Tutssel, Global Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, described the experience as "five years learning in five days". Prepare to be inspired. Prepare to change your life.

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Learn with legends


CEO and Co-Founder

Bessie Lee

Founder and CEO

Fernando Machado

Burger King

Kwame Alexander

Author and Founding Editor

Mary Lee Copeland

Chief Executive Storyteller

Rory Sutherland

Vice Chairman

David Shing

Digital Prophet

Sir Martin Sorrell


"Simply too incredible to put into words. I gained invaluable tips, skills and advice directly from industry leaders. I left a better person and an improved creative.”

Emma Kasarsky, Junior Art Director, Badger & Winters, USA

Grow your personal network

Connect with like-minded peers, speakers, classroom mentors, award-winning creatives and festival delegates. After a course, they'll be life-long friends, trusted advisors and business partners.

Realise your creative potential

Expand your creativity by developing a practical Creative Toolkit. Uncover new ways of solving creative challenges. Learn where to look for inspiration. Build creative bravery and develop higher creative standards.

Gain visibility and credibility at work

Shine at work. Future-proof your career with insights about the latest trends, themes, challenges and opportunities.

Only the best need apply

This year, Academy places are by application only. Tutors want a class of hungry, talented individuals who want to be there. Your company is investing in you, so you must be serious about your career.

How to join the course

  1. Pick the course that's perfect for you
  2. Check you match the elibility criteria
  3. Submit you application giving some details about you, your skills, experiences and current challenges
  4. Applications are reviewed by Cannes Lions and course leaders
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to purchase their pass