Criteria

To be considered for the 2017 Aggie 100 program, companies (corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorship's) must meet the following criteria:

Company Size and Longevity

The Company must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Have been in business for 5 years or more as of December 31, 2016, and
  • Have had verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more for calendar year 2014.

Aggie Leadership*

The Company must meet one or more of the three criteria below to be eligible.

A Texas A&M University former student (or group of former students):

  • Must have founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016,
OR
  • Must have owned 50% or more of the company from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016,
OR
  • Must have served as the Company’s chief executive (for example chairman, CEO, president or managing partner) from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.

* Each Honoree must have received a degree from Texas A&M University prior to submitting an application.

* Aggie employees who hold a position in the company other than those listed above cannot be named as an Aggie 100 Honoree.

* An Aggie leader will not be eligible for more than three (3) awards in any given year. 

Company Character

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 2017 Aggie 100. To view information about 'Compounded Annual Growth Rate', Click Here

Summit Award

In 2012, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (now known as McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship) introduced a new award, The Summit Award, which is presented to the Aggie company with the highest 3-year average revenue.  Minimum Qualifications for The Summit Award are the same as the Aggie 100, as outlined above. The average revenue will be calculated as a simple average of sales/revenues (net of returns) for 2014, 2015 and 2016. A company need not make the Aggie 100 list for growth to be presented with The Summit Award. Past Summit Award recipients are not eligible. The company which is awarded the Summit Award will be expected to sign a disclosure agreement permitting their average revenue number to become publicly disclosed.

Summit Award Applicants use the same process as Aggie 100 companies. All applicants have the opportunity to opt out of consideration for the Summit Award.

The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the following rights: (1) To independently verify that nominees meet all criteria; (2) Reject any nominee for any reason, (3) Modify Criteria/Requirements as needed without notification.