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Northern Ireland 40 under 40 2019 FAQs

Nominations  for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 run until 5pm on Sunday 31st March 2019 (the “Contest Closing Date”). Nominees must complete their confirmation form by that date to be included in the Judging.

What is the age requirement for Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 candidates?

To be eligible for consideration in the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019, nominees must be over the age of 18 and UNDER the age of 40 on March 31st 2019.

I received an e-mail saying I was nominated, what do I do now?

Congratulations, someone has nominated you for Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019.

The Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 can have a two-step nomination process. To accept the nomination you must fill out the nominee form by no later than March 31st 2019. The form includes questions about your career achievements, education, volunteering and community work.  The e-mail you received telling you that you were nominated includes a link to the nominee form. We have changed our process a bit this year so that the nomination process is hosted by SurveyMonkey. We hope this makes the process easier to fill out.

Why do I have to complete the nomination if I was already nominated?

In previous years nominees were not necessarily required to fill out this form, but we found that often the people who nominated them didn’t have enough information to give us a clear picture of who the nominees were and what they had done. Now we go straight to the source and ask the nominees to tell us themselves what they’ve done. Your nomination is judged mainly on what you put in this form — the information you provide and how clear and concise it is. Try to complete the form to give the judges the information they need to fairly judge whether you should be on the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019.

What will happen if I don’t complete the nomination form?

If you have been nominated but you do not complete the nominee form you will not be eligible for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 and your information will not be sent to our judges for consideration.

I’ve already been featured in a previous Northern Ireland 40under40 List, can I be nominated again?

As the numbers of people being nominated for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List have grown so much over the past years, we have decided that when you’ve been featured on a Northern Ireland 40under40 List, you’re a ‘Lister’ for life! If you have been successful in the past  you are not eligible to be featured in the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 again. However, you will receive an invitation to the Networking Lunch in June.

How is the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 selected?

Each year, we receive hundreds of nominations for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List. From those nominations we create a short list of no more than 100 nominees who have demonstrated the highest levels of achievement, whether in their career or community work.

We also look for well-rounded candidates who have achieved high levels in both career and volunteer work. In short listing candidates we look for those nominees who best embody the values of the Northern Ireland 40under40 List.

The short list of nominees is sent to our judging panel made up of leaders in the community. The packages sent to the judges include nomination packages that are often edited for length.

The panel goes through these nominations with a fine-toothed comb and debates the merits of the candidates, weighing their achievements until they find the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  for the year. You can learn more about the Judging Panel here.

What makes a nomination stand out from the pack?

Our judges look for nominees who have high achievements in the areas of their field, which includes community work, so try to be as specific as possible when you are filling out the nomination or nominee completion form.

Measurable achievements should be included and could include achievements such as increasing profits, awards from professional associations or other groups or completion of a project, but we know that many achievements aren’t easily quantified or previously acknowledged, so give us as much detail as you can.

The judges will also look for community and volunteer involvement that speaks to the nominee’s willingness to help others as well as their commitment and contribution to our Region. Again, be as specific as possible.

But try to be succinct — remember the team shortlisting the applications and the judges have to read through a huge amount of information. Make your nomination shine by making your point quickly and clearly.

When will I find out if I have been selected for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019?

Due to the high number of nominees, we are unable to contact all nominees to let them know the status of their nomination. Only those who are selected for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 will be contacted. The Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 will be announced in April.

What happens if I have been selected?

Congratulations! First of all your name will automatically be entered into the open voting for ‘The People’s Choice’. Last year we had over 2500 votes cast, so warm up your little black book! Next you will be invited to join us at Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 Networking Lunch to be held in Belfast in June. And finally you will be featured on the Business First Online website in perpetuity. Over 5000 people have viewed the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2018 – so this is an outstanding way to raise your credibility, profile and impove your career opportunities.

If I am selected, can I be disqualified?

Nope: when the Judges say you’re eligible to be on the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019, you’re on it.

Can I tell all my friends and family that I am on the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019?

Absolutely! Tell the world. After all, this is a highly sought after accolade and if you’re successful you’ll have earned the right to shout if from the rooftops! Get the fingers busy on email, social media and the telephone keypad to share your success with everybody.

How do I nominate someone for Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019?

To nominate someone visit us online before March 31st, 2019, and fill out the nomination form. This year, the nomination is easier than ever for the nominator. You just need your nominee’s name, job title, phone number, e-mail address and a brief explanation of why you think they should be named to the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019. Then we go straight to the source and get all the information we need directly from the nominee.

Can I nominate more than one person?

You can nominate as many people as you’d like. You can nominate right now from here – and you can nominate colleagues, friends, family members or someone you know through their work in the community. You can even nominate yourself right here

Will the nominees be told who nominated them?

Yes. The nominees will be told that they were nominated, by whom, and that they need to fill out a second form to complete the nomination.

What makes someone a good candidate for Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019?

Successful candidates are the best and brightest in Northern Ireland. They are all different but they are all high achievers. They include business people, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, athletes, community organizers, politicians, teachers, inventors and more. They give back to the community and elevate the city through their work, whether it be in their career or volunteer work. They inspire us through everything they do.

Does being nominated multiple times help my nominee? Does it show that many people wanted them on the list?

No. The judges look mainly at the second form that has been filled out by the nominees themselves. While you may want to ensure that your nominee was considered and nominated, it won’t make a difference. We have also made changes this year so that the nominee will only get one notice of nomination.

The person I want to nominate lives outside Northern Ireland. Can I still nominate them?

Probably not – but check with Gavin Walker if you have any questions.

I nominated someone last year and they weren’t selected. Can I nominate them again?

Absolutely. There are a number of reasons nominees might not get selected including that the judges consider their achievements not yet proven. An additional year may have made them better candidates.

I still have a question – what do I do now?

We want to make your experience of the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 as easy and straight-forward as possible, so if you have any unanswered questions or concerns, please contact Gavin Walker either by email ([email protected]) or telephone (028) 9147 2119.

Thank you, and good luck!


Rules and Regulations

Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 is brought to you by Business First Online 

Eligibility of Nominees —

Northern Ireland-based individuals who are excelling in their careers, passionate about contributing to the community, helping to raise the profile of our region and will be under the age of 40 as of march 31st, 2019, are perfect candidates for Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019. Nominees must be 18 years of age on March 31st, 2019, to be eligible for consideration for the Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019.


There is only one way to enter:

  • Online entry: To enter on-line, visit Northern Ireland 40under40 List  2019 and complete the Nomination Form.
  • Nominators may enter as many different nominees as they like.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves for the awards.
  • All nominees MUST complete the nomination confirmation form before 5pm on Sunday 31st March, 2019.
  • Entries that are incomplete, lost, stolen, late, delayed, misdirected, illegible, damaged, altered, irregular, destroyed, have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy any conditions of these Official Regulations shall be disqualified.

General —By entering a nomination or confirming the nomination, entrants accept and agree to abide by the Official Regulations and the decisions of the judging organization with respect to all aspects of the Contest, which are final, binding and conclusive on all matters relative to this Contest.

In the event it is determined that an entrant has entered in a fashion not sanctioned by these Official Regulations, the entrant will be disqualified and all of the entries submitted by the entrant will be disqualified. Entries are subject to verification by the contest judging organization.

All entries become the permanent property of the Contest Sponsor. Entrants may be contacted occasionally by the Contest Sponsor via e-mail, unless the entrant notifies the Contest Sponsor otherwise, for the purpose of informing the entrant of further promotional opportunities. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and is void where prohibited.