Know a second-stage business you think should
be recognized next?

Applications are now open!
Nominate a company you think should apply.

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.

To be eligible to apply for the 14th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch award, a company must meet the following for the year ending 2023:

  • Be a 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 intent and capacity to grow based on evidence such as employee or sales growth, exceptional leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, etc.

What happens when I nominate a company? After you submit your nomination, your nominee will receive an invitation to apply once applications open in Spring 2024. The invitation will recognize you as their nominator and will also copy you so you can cheer them on and encourage them to submit their application!