Out of 170 entries, 110 business leaders have been shortlisted for the 2019 edition of annual 40under40 awards.
After a verification process, 60 of the entries were found to not have met the set criteria and were disqualified. 14 out of the 60 individuals were disqualified based on eligibility, thus they were not chief executive officers or co- founders of their companies, with 46 more applicants not meeting the first criteria selection process.
The selection into shortlisted nominees, according to Richard Abbey Jnr. – CEO of Xodus Communications, the organiser of the awards, requires some significant achievements with some degree of evidence from the nominator or nominee.
The 40under40 Awards seek to identify, honour and celebrate a cross-section of the nation’s most influential and accomplished young business leaders under the age 40 from a wide range of industries – who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and community service, and have risen through the ranks of their companies or industries at a relatively young age.
The awards put the spotlight on these young achievers not only to celebrate them, but also build a strong platform for them by giving a voice and opportunities to the next generation of industry pacesetters while building a positive attitude in our youth to strive for excellence at a tender age.
The third edition of the Awards is slated for 4th October 2019 at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Business Development, National Youth Authority and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme. It is under the supervision of an Awarding Board with eminent members of society, comprising Prof. Atta Peters, Dr. Ken Kwaku, Prof. Essilfie Conduah, Dr. Ato Conduah and Dr. Paul Fynn.
According to Mr. Abbey Jnr., the awarding board is seeking to celebrate under-forty emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors; and will recognise attributes such as achievements in business, experience and innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement. Last year, the Awards Gala brought together about 400 guest, of which 121 were nominees.
The Awards categories cover a wide range of all the various sectors you can think of – ranging from banking and finance, energy, family business, agriculture, theatre and arts, journalism, fashion, law, sports, event management, health, technology and innovation among others.