About Florida Companies to Watch

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.

The Florida Companies To Watch program consists of two rounds of selections.  Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees. The Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing.  In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state.

The Honorees for this year’s award will be announced in July. The 9th Annual Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration will take place on November 14, 2019 at Hard Rock Live, Universal City Walk, Orlando, FL. Tickets go on sale June 19, 2019.

Summary of the 9th Annual GrowFL
Florida Companies to Watch Applicants:
8 Regions Represented
28 Counties Represented
66 Cities Represented
46% Women, Veteran and/or Minority-Owned
43% Limited Liability Company; 36% S Corporations; 17% C Corporation
Oldest Company Formed in 1932
Newest Company Formed in 2018
24 Different Industries Represented
Largest industry representation – Manufacturing 16%; Information Technology 14%; Other Services 12%
Total 2018 Revenue: $596 million | Average 2018 Revenue: $5.2 million
Total 2018 Employment: 3,265 | Average 2018 Employment: 28

See the list of finalists below:

Thank you to our nominating partners:

8-koi – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
ActionCOACH Team Sage
ArgoTrak – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Beacon Council
Bradenton Area EDC
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College
Central Florida Development Council
CEO Nexus
Charlotte County EDO
City of Clearwater
City of Cocoa
City of North Port
DAK Resources, Inc. – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
EDC of Okaloosa County
Edward Lowe Foundation
Fit2Go – 2015 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Florida SBDC at FIU
Graylan Ventures
Hamilton County Development Authority
Hardee County Economic Development
Hernando County
Lake County Economic Prosperity
Lee County Economic Development Office
MidCap Advisors
Nassau County Economic Development Board
Nature Coast Business Development Council
Ocala Chamber & Economic Partnership
Office of Economic Prosperity – Lake County
Orlando Economic Partnershp
Osceola County
Palm Beach Tech Association
Pinellas County Economic Development
Research Park at FAU
Sales Advisors of Florida
South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Space Coast Magazines
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
Sumter County Economic Development
Traction in Florida
UCF Business Incubator Program
Upriver GIS, LLC
USF Office of Corporate Partnerships
Vectra Digital – 2017 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Wells Fargo