Nominate someone for the 2020 class of Future 50 and help us celebrate and connect innovators in Central Ohio.

Welcome to Columbus CEO's Future 50.

You can nominate someone for the 2020 class here. Nominations due Sept. 9. 

Who are the Future 50?

These are the people who aspire to make Columbus the great American city of the coming decades. These are professionals, public servants and entrepreneurs whose voices are rising. They are up-and-coming leaders already making a difference with bold ideas, creativity, altruism and achievements that will define our region as it evolves. 

Does this description remind you of someone? Nominate them as a member of the inaugural class of Future 50! Deadline: Sept. 9.

How do we choose?

Future 50 applicants will be evaluated based on their achievements, generosity of spirit (and deed) and ideas for creating lasting social impact. They may be chosen by a panel of Dispatch Media Group leaders, or, in future years, by the previous year’s Future 50 community members.

Future 50 Annual Project

Each year the Future 50 will work together to complete a project of their choosing. Projects should be specific and achievable within one year. The idea is that the project creates meaningful, quantifiable change in Central Ohio. The project embodies the Future 50 core values—achievement, altruism, boldness, creativity and inclusivity.

Commemorative issue

Each January, Columbus CEO will produce a special 13th issue honoring the year's Future 50. There also may be regular Future 50 stories in the monthly magazine and at ColumbusCEO.com.

Opportunities to connect

Columbus CEO will bring the Future 50 together through the Annual Project, digital channels, an awards celebration and potentially more. (Varies by year.)