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Gator100 Award Luncheon is this Friday, Feb. 19

Gator100 Award Luncheon is this Friday, Feb. 19

The University of Florida and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) are pleased to present the second annual Gator100, designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs around the world. The Gator100 will rank the 100 fastest growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses each year, regardless of which school or college the alumni graduated from—recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit in all Gator alumni across our campus.

Gator100 companies will be invited to campus to be honored each spring. The second annual Gator100 luncheon will take place this Friday, February 19 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 12 p.m. Activities surrounding the Gator100 will recognize leading Gator entrepreneurs and will also serve to inspire current students at the University of Florida, who are our future entrepreneurs.

To be considered for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of Oct. 1, 2015, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $250,000 or more in 2012.

Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumni must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:

  • A University of Florida alumnus* or group of alumni must have owned 50% or more of the company from Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2015
  • A University of Florida alumnus must have served as the Company’s chief executive (for example: chairman, CEO, president or managing partner) from Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2015
  • A University of Florida alumnus must have founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from Jan. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2015.

A day and a half of entrepreneurial celebration is planned around the Gator100 Gala Awards Luncheon, including a welcome reception at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, a Startup Hour in downtown Gainesville – where local entrepreneurs can network with Gator100 honorees – and entrepreneurship breakout sessions.

Individual seats, preferred table seats and corporate sponsorships are still available. Certain tickets and sponsorships allow for access to the awards lunch and breakout sessions.

For more information, please contact Michelle Helmer, director of outreach, or Nola Miyasaki, executive director of outreach and incubation, at For a full agenda click here.

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