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 12th Anniversary by receiving more than 250 company applicants (led by graduates from every college on campus), and hosting an awards gala and reunion with more than 900 business leaders. 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, 2014 to 2016). The 100 fastest growing organizations will be named to the 2017 Aggie 100.
Aggie 100 Recognition
2017 marks the 13th Anniversary of our Aggie 100 program, and CNVE is proud to announce our awards dinner and reunion to be held on Friday October 27th, in the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field. The dinner will feature individual recognition and trophy presentations to all Class of 2017 Honorees. Additionally, all Honorees from past Aggie 100 classes will be invited to attend to join in the celebration of Aggie entrepreneurial success. The Friday Evening Awards Dinner 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 October 28, 2017.
To be considered for the 2017 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 December 31, 2016, and
Have had verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more for calendar year 2014.
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, 2014 through December 31, 2016, 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, 2014 through December 31, 2016, 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, 2014 through December 31, 2016.
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.
* 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.