New program to spotlight top businesses of FSU alumni

Now Accepting Applications for the Inaugural ‘Seminole 100’

Florida State University and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, housed in the College of Business, are creating a new program to recognize successful businesses owned by FSU alumni.

The Seminole 100 will celebrate the Top 100 owners who have spearheaded some of the fastest-growing businesses in America.

“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 highlight the results of that rigorous academic environment, and it will demonstrate the entrepreneurial ingenuity instilled at FSU.”

The inaugural Seminole 100 will include businesses of all sizes from a range of industries. The program is open to privately held businesses owned by FSU alumni that generated revenues of at least $100,000 in 2013 and at least $2 million in 2016.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2017, by Inc. Magazine. It is partnering with FSU to verify financial information from businesses and then rank them 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 historic $100 million gift to FSU from Jan Moran. That gift, announced in December 2015, enhanced the 20-year mission of the Jim Moran Institute to train entrepreneurs and it spurred the creation of the new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. The new funding also enables an annual celebration on campus to honor entrepreneurs who graduated from Florida State.

The university will host the inaugural celebration of the Seminole 100 in the spring of 2018. The public event will welcome FSU alumni, friends and honorees to the Florida State University Alumni Center for a reception, dinner and awards ceremony.

Learn more at The list of honorees will be posted there when they are announced in August.

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 tradition 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