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Since 1991, Crain's Detroit Business has gathered 40 of the community's overachievers for a special salute. Past winners have started companies, climbed the corporate ranks and made nonprofits stronger while giving back to the community and mentoring others.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 class. The deadline to nominate a candidate for the 2021 class of 40 under 40 is Monday, July 19. After being nominated, candidates will receive an email and have until Monday, July 26 to complete a separate application.

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Final decisions about who is selected for the 2021 class will be sent directly to candidates by mid-October. Winners will be featured in a special section of the November 1 issue of Crain's Detroit Business.

*REMINDER: Candidates must be 39 years old or younger on November 1, 2021 to qualify. There is also a $99 processing fee to nominate. 

If you have any questions about this project, we are available to help during normal business hours. Please reach out to us and we will respond Monday - Friday, 9-5 p.m, at nominations@crain.com.

    • We strive to alert candidates by the date listed above, generally 2 weeks prior to the special section. This is a rough timeframe that involves many factors. Please know that once judging is complete, we will reach out to all candidates regardless of if they were chosen or not. This notification will be an email from nominations@crain.com.

    • After being nominated, candidates will have until the date listed above to complete a separate candidate form. This still applies if you self-nominated. Candidates will receive an email from nominations@crain.com with instrucitons on how to complete the form. If you did not recieve the instructions, you can go to this link and login to an existing account or create a new one. From here, if you were nominated, you should be able to complete your canidate form.

    • Unfortunately, we don't give status reports. If we need any further information, we will contact you. Please be patient.