The Aggie 100 identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world. The Aggie 100 not only celebrates their success, it also provides a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of Aggie entrepreneurs.
The Aggie 100 was created by Mays Business School's Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE). CNVE provides encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty and Texas businesses.
The CNVE hosted its inaugural Aggie 100 award ceremony in 2005, honoring the 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or -led companies around the globe. From meager beginnings with just more than 100 companies vying for an award, the Aggie 100 recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary by receiving more than 250 company applicants (led by graduates from every college on campus), and hosting a campus award luncheon with more than 700 business leaders from 7 different states, 3 countries, and representing more than 8,300 Aggies employed. The Aggie 100 is now being copied by a number of other top universities, including Louisiana State University (“Tiger 100”), the University of Florida (“Gator 100”), the University of Georgia (“Bulldog 100”), Florida State University (“Seminole 100”) and the University of Houston (“Cougar 100”), and others.
CNVE solicits nominations from around the world through the Aggie Network. Nominated companies are asked to provide high-level information about their company so that we may rank the nominees and identify the 100 fastest growing companies. The nominated companies are ranked by percentage of compound annual growth in sales or revenues (net of returns), over a two-year period (For this year’s program, 2013 to 2015). The 100 fastest growing organizations will be named to the 2016 Aggie 100.
Aggie 100 Recognition
2016 marks the 12th Anniversary of our Aggie 100 program, and to celebrate this milestone, CNVE is proud to announce that an Evening Gala will replace this year’s recognition luncheon. The Gala will be held on Friday November 11, 2016, in the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field. The Gala will feature dinner and live entertainment to go along with our individual recognition and trophy presentation to all Class of 2016 Honorees. Additionally, all Honorees from past Aggie 100 classes will be invited to attend the Evening Gala to join in the celebration of Aggie entrepreneurial success. The Friday Evening Gala will be followed on Saturday with our Reunion Tailgate, where all Honorees from all Aggie 100 Classes can enjoy food and drinks before (and throughout) the Aggie Football game on November 12, 2016.
To be considered for the 2016 Aggie 100, nominated companies must complete the online application form and submit supporting information to PKF Texas, an independent accounting firm, who will compile the results. In summary the program criteria include:
Company Size and Longevity
The Company must meet both of the following criteria:
Have been in business for 5 years or more as of June 30, 2016, and
Have had verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more for calendar year 2013.
The Company must meet one or more of the following three criteria:
A Texas A&M University former student or group of former students must have owned 50% or more of the company from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015, or
A Texas A&M University former student must have served as the Company’s chief executive (for example chairman, CEO, president or managing partner) from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015, or
A Texas A&M University former student must have founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.
The Company must operate in a manner consistent with the Aggie Code of Honor and in keeping with the values and image of Texas A&M University.
Nominated companies are asked to provide high-level information about their organization so that the compounded annual growth rate can be calculated. The 100 fastest growing companies, using a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) calculation,will be named to the 2016 Aggie 100. To view information about 'Compounded Annual Growth Rate', Click Here.
* An Aggie leader will not be eligible for more than three (3) awards in any given year. The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) reserves the following rights: (1) To independently verify that nominees meet all criteria; (2) Reject any nominee for any reason, (3) Modify Requirements as needed without notification.