GrowFLlogoORLANDO, FL, (June 26, 2014) – Today, GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, named Edgefactory as one of its 2014 Florida Companies to Watch award finalists.

Edgefactory has been described as a small, yet ambitious media power house.  Established in 1998, with a mission to create inspiring brand media with energy, emotion, and of course, edge, the factory has been honored with over 37 International awards, including an EMMY© award in 2013.  With triple digit growth over the past two years, 2014 brings new excitement as the factory moves to an all-new, 5,000 square foot, production facility, doubling their current space and staff; making Edgefactory a Florida company to watch!

GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida.  By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Florida Companies to Watch takes a holistic approach, identifying companies across the state that represent Florida’s future,” says Tom O’Neal, Executive Director of GrowFL and Associate Vice President at the University of Central Florida. “It celebrates these companies and recognizes the powerful impact these successful second-stage companies are making on the state’s economy. Being selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program provides growing businesses the credibility and recognition that distinguish them among their peers.”

“Our entire organization is excited to receive such an honor as to be recognized by GrowFL, for what we have so much fun doing” said Brian Cole, CEO/President Edgefactory.  “We have one of the most creative teams in the industry, who continue to grow and achieve amazing results in Brand Media design.  Over the past year we’ve work hard to strategically build our business relationships both here in Florida and throughout the country, as we continually look forward; creating great experiences.”

The 2014 awards will be presented live, October 23, 2014, at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.

About edgefactory
edgefactory is an EMMY© award winning producer of creative video, meetings and special events for Fortune 500 companies, major industry associations and a host of other organizations. Founded in 1998, edgefactory is a multi-disciplined creative resource offering an array of services from creative writing, video production, digital signage, camera rentals, graphic design, 3D imaging, original music and technical support. With offices in Orlando and the Midwest, for more information on edgefactory call 1(866)291-3343 or visit the company web site at edgefactory.com.

About GrowFL
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth. By supporting companies with Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening – to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state – GrowFL is the program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since the original pilot program began in 2009 through June 30, 2013, GrowFL helped more than 400 companies create 2,067 new direct jobs and contributed more than $581.4 million to Florida’s economy. As a comparison, second-stage companies engaged with the GrowFL program grew 16.6% faster than their peers that did not participate in the program. For more information: growfl.com.