About Florida Companies to Watch

Application Deadline Now Extended to July 13, 2018!

Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

Companies from across the state and all industries may participate. Selection is based on steady growth in employee counts and revenue as well as strength in leadership, corporate culture, community support and philanthropy, innovation in management or technology, or other factors that contribute to an outstanding organization.

 NOTICE:  Application Deadline Extended to July 13, 2018.

The Florida Companies to Watch Award submission consists of a two-step application process.

  1. Companies submit Round 1 applications. Round 1 Applications will be reviewed by panel of judges who will select a list of Finalists.
  2. Finalists will be asked to complete a Round 2 Application.

All Finalists that complete a Round 2 application will be judged by a select panel of economic development, education and entrepreneurial leaders from throughout Florida. Companies will also go through a due diligence process prior to being selected as an honoree of Florida Companies to Watch.

  • Please note that the application process will not run on a mobile device. Please prepare to complete your application on a computer.
  • Chrome is the recommended browser for this application.
  •  Click Here to view a sample copy of the Application Form and Questions.

To be eligible to apply for the Florida Companies to Watch award, a company must meet the following for the year ending 2017:

  • Be privately held commercial enterprise headquartered in Florida (not publicly traded, subsidiary or division of another company or nonprofit); and
  • Employ 6 to 150 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner; and
  • Have between $750,000 up to $100 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants; and
  • Have not won this award in the past; and
  • Demonstrate an intent and capacity to grow based on evidence such as:
    • Employee or sales growth
    • Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership
    • Sustainable competitive advantage
    • Other notable factors that showcase the company’s success

Previous Year’s Program Honorees

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, GrowFL celebrated the seventh annual Florida Companies to Watch awards program. Over the last seven years, 350 companies from throughout Florida have been recognized through our elite awards program.  View our past honorees.