Fast 56 Awards

About the USF Fast 56

The Fast 56 identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the world's fastest-growing USF Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses. The awards celebrate their success while providing a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of Bull entrepreneurs. Congratulations to all of our past recipients.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominated companies are ranked by percentage of cumulative annual growth in revenue for the most recent three fiscal years. Companies must meet all three criteria:

  1. The company must have been in operation for a minimum of 36 months.
  2. The company must have verifiable revenue of at least $100,000 for the first two reporting periods and $250,000 for the most recent 12-month period.
  3. The company must be owned or operated by a former USF student who meets one of the following:
    • A former USF student or group of former students must have owned 50% or more of the company during the eligible period.
      • OR
    • A former USF student must have served as the company’s chief executive (e.g. chairman, CEO, president or managing partner) during the eligible period.
      • OR
    • A former USF student must have founded the company and been an active member of the most senior management team during the eligible period.

Application Process

Nominations and applications will be available in the spring of 2024.
  1. Anyone can nominate companies through our online form or by contacting Stephanie Shimada at stshimada@usf.edu or 813-974-9127.
  2. Nominated companies are contacted to verify their desire to participate. Applications are distributed to those who choose to participate.
  3. Applications and required documents are provided directly to an independent CPA firm, that receives the information and tabulates the results. The university and the USF Alumni Association can access the companies' financial documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

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USF Fast 56 Scholarship

The USF Fast 56 scholarship embodies the spirit of USF Alumni entrepreneurs who encourage the current generation to dream big. We accept compelling applications from currently enrolled USF students with visionary business ideas. Applicants must submit an essay of up to three (3) pages typed explaining their ideas.

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2024 Event Timeline

March 1
Nominations and applications open

June 1
Nominations and applications close

July 8
Award recipients notified

September 13
Awards Ceremony and Reception

2023 Fast 56

The 2023 Fast 56 was held on Friday, September 8 when the 56 businesses and their Bull leaders were celebrated in a dramatic countdown to the No. 1 fastest-growing. 

Meet the 2023 Fast 56 recipients

Watch the 2023 Fast 56 in 56 seconds

2023 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

USF Federal Credit Union

Gold Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual

Patron Sponsors

Bay Stage Live

Edgility

Habitat for Humanity

Matrix Hormones and The Joint Chiropractic

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Tarmak USA

Event Sponsor

WUSF

Media Sponsor

Tampa Bay Times