Forbes Africa is inviting nominations for the 2024 30 Under 30 class, which aims to recognize young innovators, influencers, and intellectuals making waves across the continent. This initiative, now in its 10th year, is an annual selection of 30 of the continent’s brightest achievers under the age of 30, spanning various fields including creative arts, business, technology, sport, and health.
Renuka Methil, the managing editor of Forbes Africa, expressed the significance of the list, stating, “It has been 10 years of showcasing tomorrow’s titans and billionaires. This list continues to draw great interest from our readers, young and old. And on a continent with the world’s youngest population, it’s more pertinent than ever to unravel these young movers and shakers who will be tomorrow’s global newsmakers.”
The eligibility criteria for nominees include being 29 or younger on 30th March and never having appeared on an Under 30 list before. Additionally, the company, business, or brand represented by the nominee must be profit-generating, and social impact is considered a crucial aspect of Africa’s Under 30 list. All applications must be in English, and nominees are allowed to choose a maximum of two categories.
For those entering with a business, residency, origin, or the business/brand being based in Africa is a requirement. The innovation and profitability of the business are also key factors, with businesses being two years or older and profit-generating. Nominees applying in the creative, health/science, and/or sport categories must demonstrate a proven track record of two or more years and substantiate substantial earnings and/or robust net worth.
The judging process involves four stages, including evaluation of candidates’ motivation, submission of additional documentation for further assessment, comprehensive analysis of financials, revenue models, and overall credibility, and the final selection by an expert panel of judges.
Past honourees of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list include renowned musicians such as Tems, Mr Eazi, Davido, Wizkid, Sho Madjozi, Nasty C, Kabza De Small, and Burna Boy, among others.
This call for nominations presents an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the remarkable achievements of young individuals driving positive change and innovation across various sectors in Africa.
Forbes Africa is encouraging eligible candidates to submit their nominations before the specified deadline and join the prestigious list of young game-changers shaping the future of the continent. Nominations can be made here