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Seminole 100


Alumni from Florida State University are responsible for some of the most innovative and profitable businesses in the world. The College of Business' Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the Florida State University Alumni Association and EY are proud to recognize these incredible entrepreneurs through the Seminole 100 awards program.

Seminole 100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing FSU alumni-owned or alumni-led businesses at a celebration on FSU's campus each year, during which each company learns their numerical ranking and receives their award. This event honors FSU's entrepreneurs and allows them to share valuable business insights with each other. Honorees and their businesses will also receive increased publicity and visibility via national, local and industry media exposure. 

Visit our Seminole 100 website to learn more.

2021 Seminole 100 Honorees

Florida State University unveiled its 2021 Seminole 100 list on February 18th, 2021 during a virtual ceremony hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of the FSU College of Business.

The fourth annual event concluded with the recognition of the No.1 business - Southern Spear Ironworks, LLC, and honoree Sean Compton, owner, president and CEO of the full-service, structural steel shop based in Chattanooga, Tenn. John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, presented the top award to Compton, a 2008 real estate graduate, during the fourth annual event.

Click here to view a complete list of this year's honorees.

The Upcoming Seminole 100

The next Seminole 100 Celebration is scheduled to take place in February 2022.

Each company will learn their numerical ranking and receive their award during the celebration ceremony. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Seminole 100, companies (corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorship's) must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Must have been in business as of January 1, 2018, and 
  • Must have had verifiable revenues of $100,000 or more for calendar year 2018, and
  • Must have verifiable gross revenues of $250,000 or more for the 2020 calendar year.

In addition, the company must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A FSU alumnus or group of FSU alumni that has ownership in the company for three consecutive years prior to nomination, or 
  • A FSU alumnus that has served as the company's chief executive (for example chairman, CEO, president or managing partner) for three consecutive years prior to nomination, or
  • A FSU alumnus that founded the company and has been active as a member of its senior management team for three consecutive years prior to nomination.
  • Alumni owners from publicly-traded companies must be listed on SEC filings 10-K for the last year submitted.


  • Alumni owners from publicly-traded companies must be listed on SEC filings 10-K for the last year submitted.

FSU Alumni Owned Businesses

The FSU Alumni Association is featuring alumni-owned businesses on its website as a highlight and for support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to complete the survey and to be featured on the FSU Alumni Association - Alumni Owned Business webpage.

For more information about Seminole 100, contact:
Melissa Roberts, Managing Director
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
Florida State University, College of Business, Jim Moran Building
111 South Monroe Street Suite 3000, Tallahassee, FL  32301-1545

“Being named to the Seminole 100 list has created a buzz for our business we never had before.”

– Jack Kerigan
Kerigan Marketing Associates

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