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Crain’s New York Business will single out 20 up-and-coming professionals who haven’t turned 30 yet. While their names might not be top of mind and they likely haven’t made their first million yet, there’s no denying these young professionals are making a mark on Metro New York.

The deadline to nominate a candidate for the 2021 class of 20 in Their 20s is Friday, April 30. Final decisions about those selected for the 2021 class will be sent directly to the candidates.

*REMINDER: To qualify, candidates must be 29 years old or younger by June 28, 2021.


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  • work within the New York City metro area (the five boroughs of NYC or Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Bergen counties) to qualify
  • have shown the ability or power to effect change in their role, area of practice or as an organization
  • be involved in mentorship, community or philanthropic activities
  • focus on recent achievements (within the last 12 to 24 months)