Florida State University & the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Announce Seminole 100

Jan 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida State University and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, housed in FSU’s College of Business, have created a new day of celebration, Seminole 100. Each year, Seminole 100 will recognize the top 100 fastest-growing businesses in America owned by Florida State University alumni.

“On FSU’s campus and throughout the State of Florida, important work is being done to educate students on how to become leading entrepreneurs,” said Randy Blass, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. “Seminole 100 will allow us to see the results of that rigorous academic environment, and it will stand as a lasting tribute to the entrepreneurial legacy of FSU.”

The inaugural Seminole 100 will include businesses of all sizes, from a range of industries. Privately held businesses owned by FSU alumni that have generated at least $100,000 in revenue in 2013 and at least $2 million in revenue in 2016 are eligible to apply until April 30, 2017. In partnership with FSU, Inc. magazine will accept all applications, verify all financial information submitted by each company and rank the businesses based on growth during a three-year period. Businesses that qualify will also be named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000, a comprehensive list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the nation.

The new initiative is funded and organized by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship as part of the $100 million gift agreement between Jan Moran and Florida State University finalized in December 2015. In addition to supplying further funding for the Jim Moran Institute’s 20-year mission of cultivating entrepreneurs and funding the new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, the gift provides for an annual celebration on FSU’s campus to honor entrepreneurs who have graduated from the university. 

The public, including FSU alumni and friends, is invited to celebrate the inaugural Seminole 100 honorees at the Florida State University Alumni Center in spring 2018. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

To apply, view the list of honorees when they are announced and learn more about Seminole 100, visit

About FSU
One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts.

FSU's welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital.

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research. 

Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven, sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements in the automobile industry.  His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners. 

A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business.  Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.

About Inc. magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today.  For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions. For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

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