About GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch
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GrowFL 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.
The GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Award submission consists of a two-step application process.
- Companies submit Round 1 applications. Round 1 Applications will be reviewed by panel of judges who will select a list of Finalists.
- 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 a honoree of the 2020 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 and questions.
To be eligible to apply for the 2020 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch award, a company must meet the following for the year ending 2019:
- 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
Meet the 2019 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch
GrowFL is pleased to announce this year’s 50 Florida Companies to Watch honorees, a statewide competition that identifies companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. Presented by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, this awards program is like no other.
The GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch awards program – now in its ninth year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout Florida for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from 500 growing second-stage nominations from throughout, Florida, the 50 companies named as the 2019 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch honorees generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added over 900 jobs between 2015 and 2018. Together, the honorees project a 35 percent increase in revenue and 37 percent increase in job growth in 2019 compared to 2018.
“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets.”
Thank you to our 2019 nominating partners:
8-koi – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
ActionCOACH Team Sage
ArgoTrak – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Bradenton Area EDC
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College
Central Florida Development Council
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
Hamilton County Development Authority
Hardee County Economic Development
Lake County Economic Prosperity
Lee County Economic Development Office
Nassau County Economic Development Board
Nature Coast Business Development Council
Ocala Chamber & Economic Partnership
Office of Economic Prosperity – Lake County
Orlando Economic Partnershp
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