The NextGen Under 30 Program recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. 

Gone are the days of migration to the East or West coast to build a career.

Today, there are big opportunities for millennials to succeed in their very own state. The NextGen Under 30 Program’s mission is to identify and honor young Missourians at a State level, and encourage them to follow their passions, family, and career goals in Missouri.

Event Calendar

Nominations Open – February 1, 2024

Nominations Deadline – July 26, 2024

Applications Deadline –  July 26, 2024
Winners Announced  –  August 9, 2024

NextGen Under 30 Day at the Capitol
Wednesday Tuesday, September 17, 2024
11:00 a.m. until 4 p.m
Location: Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Meet the Governor & Lt. Governor, networking luncheon, and a one day leadership workshop.

Missouri NextGen Under 30 Award Ceremony
Saturday, November 2, 2024
Location: The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri

*To qualify, nominees must be 30 years of age, or younger, during 2024.

Nominations are Now OPEN!

For more information watch our nomination video.

NextGen Under 30 in the News!

Do you know a Missourian under 30* doing amazing things?

If so, we encourage you to nominate these innovative, creative-thinking, and inspiring young individuals who push the boundaries beyond their years

Nomination Categories

Adult and Higher Education

Teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

Animal Care

Veterinary clinics and professionals, shelters, rescue organizations, pharmaceuticals.

The Arts

Performing, visual, literary, as artists, agents, managers, facilitators


Any career or job associated with flying or any operation of aircraft

Education K-12

Primary and secondary school teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

Energy & Transportation

Any role in any energy exploration, generation, analysis, processing, or delivery organization. Plus, anyone who works in any category of the transportation industry.


Jobs with firms that provide financial services to commercial and retail customers.

Health Care

Providing medical and healthcare goods or services.


Restaurants/Foodservice, bars, and hotels.

The Law

Attorneys, paralegals, judges, assistants, managers.

Manufacturing, Industry, the Trades, and Agriculture

Individuals engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Skilled workers, artisans, specialized training. Individuals involved with private or commercial agriculture or agriculture-related enterprises.

Media, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

Communications companies of all types, whether print, internet, cable, radio, or video broadcast. Companies associated with buying and selling a product or service, including advertising, selling, and delivering products to people.

Non-Profit Organizations

Secular or religious organizations formed for the purpose of serving a public or mutual benefit rather than the pursuit or accumulation of owner or investor profit.

Policy and Public Service

Services of all types, from fire fighters to librarians, provided by a government to people living within its jurisdiction, either directly (through the public sector) or by financing provision of services.

Real Estate

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts.

Retail and E-Commerce

Jobs involving selling merchandise or services to others.

Science, Technology, and Engineering

From the laboratory to the field and all STEM activities in between.

Sports and Outdoors

Any career or job associated with any activity involving physical energy, training, skill, coaching, of any individual or teams


Human resources, career counseling, temporary employment, recruiters.


Career does not fit any of the other categories


Career does not fit any of the other categories