The LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing LSU-owned or LSU-led businesses in the world. The LSU100 not only celebrates their success, it also provides a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs.

FAQ

Nominations/Eligibility:

Can I nominate myself for LSU 100?

Yes, you can nominate yourself for LSU 100 or someone who may qualify for the LSU 100.

Do I need to reapply every year for LSU 100?

Yes. Previous LSU 100 honorees will be automatically nominated, but all companies must complete the application process every year. The online application site allows companies to create a user account and save previously submitted information to minimize the time spent reapplying each year.

Should I still apply even though the growth is small or negative?

We encourage all companies to apply every year, regardless of annual performance. LSU and P&N also recognize growth can become more challenging as companies increase in size. A company honored as part of the LSU 100 is a meaningful accomplishment, regardless of annual rank.

I would like to nominate someone, but I am not sure if they meet all the criteria. What should I do?

If you know of a Tiger-owned or Tiger-led business that may meet the criteria, do not hesitate to complete the nomination form. LSU will send the nominees an email and can determine whether or not the criteria is met.

How do I nominate someone?

Fill out the nomination form during the nomination period. If you’d like to let us know of a potential candidate when nominations are closed, please send an email [email protected]


Application:

What is a Primary Tiger Leader?

A Primary Tiger Leader is any LSU former student who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • An LSU former student or group of former students who have owned 50% or more of the company from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015, or
  • An LSU former student must have served as the company’s chief executive (i.e. CEO, president, or managing partner) from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015, or
  • An LSU former student must have founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from January 1, 2012 through December 31

How are the results calculated? How is the LSU 100 list determined?

For each applicant, P&N will calculate the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue for the time frame being measured. After compiling the calculations, the companies will be listed by percentage of growth rate from the highest to the lowest. The 100 fastest growing companies will be named to the LSU 100. To read more about “Compounded Annual Growth Rate”, click here.

What is “revenue”?

P&N bases growth calculations on net revenue for a set time frame each year. Net revenue is meant to be net sales or sales minus returns. For a professional services business it would be gross revenues minus any write-downs or discounts.

Should the company list all of the Primary Tiger Leaders?

It is requested for the company to list all of the primary tiger leaders, but only the first leader entered is guaranteed to be acknowledged during the presentation.

What qualifies as most senior management?

Most senior management consists of the highest ranked positions within the company’s organizational structure (for example: chief officers, owner, founder, president, managing partner, etc.).

Do I need to list all of my degrees from LSU?

No, it is up to the primary tiger’s leader discretion on which degree(s) to list. One can list all of his or her degree or can list the most relevant degree.

What if the name of the college has changed?

Please see the chart below as the names of colleges may have changed throughout the years.

CURRENT NAME                                                                   PREVIOUS NAME (S)

College of Art & Design                                        College of Design; School of Environmental Design

E. J. Ourso College of Business                         College of Business Administration

College of Human Sciences & Education        College of Education

College of Humanities & Social Sciences         College of Arts & Sciences

Manship School of Mass Communication      School of Journalism

College of Science                                                 College of Basic Sciences; College of Chemistry & Physics

College of Music & Dramatic Arts                     School of Music

Paul M. Hebert Law Center                              Hebert Law Center

What if I forget my username or password?

If you are a prior year applicant, please email [email protected] to obtain your username.

Please follow the instructions below to reset your password.

  • Click on the application link
  • Click “Next” to continue on the application
  • Click “Click Here” under the Save & Return Account section at the top of the page
  • Click “Forgot Password”
  • Check your email to change your password

*Remember the username is not your full email address, the password is case sensitive, and the reset password email may be in the spam folder. For any other account inquiries, please contact Caroline Hitt ([email protected]).


 

Required Forms:

What forms are required for the application?

One of the following three forms is required for the application:

  • Page one of the company or companies tax return (indicating total revenues), or
  • Revenue page as indicated on audited, reviewed, or compiled financial statements, or
  • Letter from the company’s external Certified Public Accountant attesting to the revenue Please note that if this option is selected

What format should I submit the required financial forms?

Financial statements should be submitted in a PDF format or hard copy.

What if the company’s revenues for prior periods have been restated?

If the company is a previous honoree and revenues for each of the two most recently submitted years have been restated, the company should submit documentation supporting restated revenue amounts for prior years.

What if the company’s accounting method has changed from prior periods?

If the company is a previous honoree and previously submitted revenues have changed as a result of changes in accounting methods, the company should submit documentation supporting restated revenue amounts for prior periods.

Do I have to submit the forms online?

No, you can submit the forms either by (1) email to [email protected] (2) mail to Postlethwaite & Netterville LSU100, 8550 United Plaza Blvd. Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (3) fax to 225‐922‐4611, attn: LSU100.

If I am a returning user, do I have to submit both the 2014 and 2015 financial forms or can I only submit the higher revenue figure?

We want you to submit both. While your application will still be considered if we only receive 2014 and 2015, having both years will be easier to submit applications in future years.


 

General Program Questions:

What is the purpose of the program?

The LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. In addition to celebrating the companies’ success, the LSU 100 provides a forum to pass lessons on to the next generation of Tiger entrepreneurs.

What is involved in the application process?

The application form is fairly simple. Nominees provide answers to several questions related to the criteria, check several boxes, and attach documentation to verify revenues. Confidential applications are sent directly to Postlethwaite & Netterville (P&N). For more information on P&N, please visit http://www.pncpa.com.

When will the LSU 100 be released?

After all of the nominations are confidentially ranked, P&N will share the names of the honorees with LSU. The honorees will then be contacted by LSU so that they may make plans to join us for the recognition activities. Honorees are typically notified in early August, with the alphabetical list being released to the public shortly thereafter.

How are the LSU 100 honorees recognized?

LSU notifies each LSU 100 honoree of their award and at that time invites them back to campus for the LSU 100 celebration. Each nominee will be individually recognized at the honoree celebration, and to the front to receive a commemorative gift. Individual colleges may also elect to schedule events for their alumni around the LSU 100 celebration.

What if we are unable to attend the LSU 100 campus activities?

The LSU 100 is a tremendous experience to welcome honorees back to campus and celebrate their success. All honorees are encouraged to make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to send a colleague, board member, or company representative; however, attendance at the LSU 100 events is not required.

 


Use and Publication of Information/Confidentiality

What information will be released?

LSU will publish the list of the LSU 100 companies being honored. The list may include name and location of the company, city/state, name(s) of the Tiger-leader(s), rank and year founded.

P&N receives the confidential revenue information and this information will not be published or otherwise released.

There are other possible opportunities for your name/company to be featured in articles and news releases. Revenue information is never released.

How can I be assured of confidentiality?

P&N is the independent accounting firm for the LSU 100. Nominees send their financial information directly to P&N and they tabulate the results. After all confidential applications are processed, P&N provides the ranked list based on the percentage of growth of the 100 companies to LSU.

Where will the information be published?

The LSU 100 list of honorees will be publicized on this website, LSU media/press releases/newsletters, and possibly by other outlets. There are opportunities for feature articles in other publications. Confidential revenue information will not be published. The only statistical information that will be released will be the rank. Honorees may also be interviewed for news articles. Honorees may need to sign a media release allowing for their name and location of the company, name(s) of the Tiger-leader(s), and year founded to be published and for photography/videography at the LSU 100 events.

Will my company financial information be released?

All confidential information will be submitted directly to P&N and will not be released to LSU, LSU, an LSU affiliate, or anyone else.

LSU 100 Important Dates

  • February 3: Nominations and Applications Open 
  • May 31, 2016: Nominations and Applications Close 
  • First Week of August: 2016 LSU 100 List Released 
  • October 13: 2016 LSU 100 Honoree Dinner 

LSU 100 Important Dates

  • February 3: Nominations and Applications Open 
  • May 31, 2016: Nominations and Applications Close 
  • First Week of August: 2016 LSU 100 List Released 
  • October 13: 2016 LSU 100 Honoree Dinner 
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