FORBES AFRICA is on the hunt for Africans under the age of 30, who are building brands, creating jobs and transforming the continent, to join ours Under 30 community for 2020. Attention entrepreneurs, creatives, sports stars, and technology geeks — the 2020 FORBES AFRICA Under 30 nominations are now officially open. The FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list is the most-anticipated list of game-changers on the continent and this year, we are on the hunt for 30 of Africa’s brightest achievers under the age of 30 spanning these categories: Business, Technology, Creatives, and Sport. Each year, FORBES AFRICA looks for resilient self-starters, innovators, entrepreneurs, and disruptors who have the acumen to stay the course in their chosen field, come what may.

Application for FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 class of 2020

Forbes Africa Entrepreneurs 2020 ClassThe start of a new decade means the unraveling of fresh talent on the African continent. Forbes Africa can’t wait to see the potential billionaires who will land up on their desks. Their coveted sixth annual Under 30 list will herald some of the decade’s biggest names in business and life. If you think you have what it takes to be on this year’s list or know an entrepreneur, creative, technology entrepreneur or sports star under 30 with a proven track record on the continent – introduce them to FORBES AFRICA by applying or submitting your nomination. Past honorees include Sho Madjozi, Bruce Diale, Karabo Poppy, Kwesta, Nomzamo Mbatha, Burna Boy, Nthabiseng Mosia, Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe, Henrich Akomolafe, Davido, Yemi Alade, Vere Shaba, Nasty C, and WizKid. What’s different this year is that Forbes has whittled down the list to just 30 finalists, making the competition stiff and the vetting process even more rigorous.

NOMINATIONS CRITERIA:

Business and Technology categories
– Must be an entrepreneur/founder aged 29 or younger on 31 March 2020
– Should have a legitimate REGISTERED business on the continent
– Business/businesses should be two years or older
– Nominees must have risked own money and have a social impact
– Must be profit generating
– Must employ people in Africa
All applications must be in English
Should be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up

Sports category
– Must be a sports person aged 29 or younger on 31 March 2020
– Must be representing an African team
– Should have a proven track record of no less than two years
– Should be making significant earnings
– Should have some endorsement deals
– Entrepreneurship and social impact is a plus
All applications must be in English
Should be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up

Creatives category
– Must be a creative aged 29 or younger on 31 March 2020
– Must be from or based in Africa
– Should be making significant earnings
– Should have a proven creative record of no less than two years
– Must have social influence
– Entrepreneurship and social impact is a plus
All applications must be in English
Should be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up

Your entry should include:
– Country
– Full Names
– Company name/Team you are applying with
– A short motivation on why you should be on the list
– A short profile on self and company
– Links to published material/news clippings about the nominee
– All social media handles
– Contact information
– High-res images of yourself

Nominations must be sent via email to FORBES AFRICA journalist and curator of the list, Karen Mwendera, on [email protected]

Nominations close on 3 February 2020.

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  1. Africa 30 under 30 List
    Africa 30 under 30 List says:

    The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for 2019 was announced in the middle of the year at the annual Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up in association with Kingdom Business Network (KBN) at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg.

    The fifth annual Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list, released in a Special Issue of Forbes Africa for July 2019, features 120 young African change-makers for the first time, with 30 finalists in each of the four categories – business, technology, creatives, and sport. The annual watch-list showcases Under the 30s in the driving seat of Africa’s next big start-up, creative concept, or rising business venture.

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