BRICS100 Research conducts and publishes studies, surveys, assessments and rankings in areas related to growth and development of economy, education, business and management in the BRICS nations. We scan growth-critical verticals like skill development, education, industrial growth, entrepreneurship, technology-enablement, management-quality improvement and business environment changes in the five BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa.

The current portfolio of BRICS100 Research includes listings that recognize high-potential companies, business schools and universities in the five BRICS countries.

The three listings products of BRICS100 Research are:

  • BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies – 2014 Annual List released now.
  • BRICS100 Best Business Schools – the 2014 Annual List being released shortly.
  • BRICS100 Top Universities – the 2014 Annual List under development.

Being on the BRICS100 Lists – The Spin-offs

BRICS are among the most watched countries by investors, potential collaborators, customers and students today. The capacity of BRICS companies and institutions to do better business expands multiple times, if they and their special value propositions reach out across to the world. BRICS100 lists are high-value, highly credible marquees to be on, and companies and institutions who make the cut for BRICS100 are expected to gain high-volume and high-quality visibility among possible investors, potential clients, senior executives, future students, intellectual; resources and potential business partners in not only the BRICS zone, but also outside in other parts of the world. BRICS100 entities are likely to experience a significant rise in their appeal for all segments of their stakeholders and customers.

Making the BRICS100 Leagues

BRICS100 Research has three core analytics groups – one each for the three listing verticals – BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies, BRICS100 Best Business Schools, and BRICS100 Top Universities. These groups have specially qualified teams engaged in round the year research to spot, validate and classify organizations, firms, companies, business schools and universities that should be considered for the three BRICS100 listings.

Information available about these organizations and entities on the public domain including websites, industry and corporate governance portals, blogs and social media is compiled, cross-validated, evaluated, analyzed, debated and then fitted into the ratings models used by the three listing products. For the listings for the next years, efforts are on to introduce a nomination process through which organizations, institutions and companies can participate themselves, and also nominate others. It should be noted, that we do NOT yet charge any fee whatsoever, from participating or featured entities, and hence, any such instance should be immediately reported to BRICS100 Research Npc. For starters, we are opening a link now on our website through which, an entity can file its interest in being considered for the BRICS100 listings for the next year. We shall commence our communication with all interested entities at an appropriate juncture to carry forward the process.

The BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies - 2014

The 2014 list of BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies (BRICS100 FGC) should also read as an interesting mosaic of stories of how businesses in emerging economies have learnt to grow away and out of the shadows of the traditional industrial giants of the developed west, and are aggressively coming into their own. The companies represent exciting new verticals of business and industry in spaces like online marketplaces; lifestyle-consulting; specialty business services; outsourcing; creative education; convergent technologies; entertainment; hospitality; embedded systems; gaming; mobile applications & mobility solutions; sports; leisure & travel; transactional services; food and also several new categories of consumer products and appliances – and indeed, this list is not exhaustive.

Domination of India & China

Almost half of the 2014 BRICS100 FGC list is dominated by Chinese and Indian companies – and perhaps somewhat predictably too. The two countries together constitute the single-largest consumer and industrial market on the planet, marked by overwhelming levels of psychographic and economic diversity. Their tough domestic environments have made the Indian and Chinese companies sharp, rugged and agile on the one hand, and naturally unconventional and disruptive, on the other - lending them the stamina to sustain in the global theater. The remaining half of the BRICS100 chartburners belongs to Brazil, Russia, and South Africa.
Leading Through Innovation

A majority of the Brazilian and Russian companies have woven themselves around exciting new ideas, leveraging their above-par intellectual capital. They have built themselves big deploying smart, sustainable business models that irreverently tear through the clutter in the B2B and the emerging "prosumer" segments. They have leveraged their proximity to high-paying export markets like the United States and Western Europe, remarkably well to build a foundation that's going to be hard to shake in a hurry.
Big or Small – The Zeal to Innovate is Fiery

All BRICS100 companies show trappings of becoming the world’s best in their respective spaces. Many, like Alibaba, Flipkart, Grubster and RoboCV are already making waves worldwide. Significantly enough, the BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies cut across traditional and emerging industry verticals. Though most of these outfits are bright young, hotly-valued start-ups, turned-around family ventures and equity-funded SMBs, there are also several older companies that now stand agile, competitive and smart after re-engineering. Whatever their space, however, all companies on the BRICS100 FGC marquee have – without exception –broken new grounds in what they serve and produce; in how they connect-up with customers and markets and cover them; and how they are re-defining the ways to manage business and of creating value for the environments they are in. BRICS100 recognition, listings and rankings are neither about absolute revenues and sales nor about scale and global footprint. They are most about innovation and inventiveness, and how, what they are doing and how they are doing – is going to impact the future of business, management and economics of the world, and everything else that is connected to making business the driver of equitable economic growth for BRICS nations.
The BRICS100 Fastest Growing Companies – The Methodology

The BRICS100 List of Fastest Growing Companies was distilled from a bigger list of 500 companies – 100 from each of the BRICS countries. And finally, the 100, that made to the marquee were the ones that exhibited an unambiguous, express, proven metal for changing the game of business - often irrevocably - in their respective business spaces and verticals. These companies were evaluated and ranked for their performances across the five dimensions of the Express Potential for Excellence (EPEX) framework. The firms that make the various lists of BRICS100 are widely trusted for their promise to compete internationally and they have capabilities, intents, experiences and enthusiasm for delivering value for their clients and stakeholders consistently through the life-cycle of relationships with them. Most often than not, the listees of BRICS100 do not hail from traditional industry verticals, and instead, represent new verticals of business and industry in spaces like online marketplaces, lifestyle-consulting, specialty business services, outsourcing, creative education, convergent technologies, entertainment, hospitality, embedded systems, gaming, mobile applications & mobility solutions, sports, leisure & travel, transactional services, food and also several new categories of consumer products and appliances – and indeed, this list is not exhaustive.

The yardsticks of the BRICS100 listing were decided after extensive studies of what drives success of business organizations, and how do such firms manage to maintain, sustain and systematically grow their dominance. The BRICS100 analysts arrived at three major conclusions. One, without exception, all these companies are bold, agile innovators always working through new ideas of products, processes or systems. Two, a vast majority of these outfits have created smart niches for themselves, and have slotted themselves in them with surprisingly potent barriers to entry for rivals. And three, all these businesses seek to add palpable new value to customer experiences.

The BRICS100 algorithm rates companies for their performance on the basis of the scores they obtain in the FIVE EPEX dimensions – Disruption Potential, Profitability Potential, Innovation-Impact potential, Brand-Leadership potential and Investor-Attractiveness potential. In the 2014 list, each of these dimensions enjoys equal weights in the BRICS100 algorithm, but there is no reason why these weights may not change the next year.

The BRICS100 Best Business Schools - 2014 (List Releasing Soon)

The 2014 list of BRICS100 Best Business Schools (BRICS100 BBS) is due for release in the last week of May 2015. 300 Business schools across the five BRICS countries are being studied along the EPEX framework – with the explicit aim to identify top 100 business schools that show the capability to become worldclass and that also made significant contribution to management development, entrepreneurship and research in 2014.

The BRICS100 Best Business Schools – The Methodology

The BRICS100 List of Best Business Schools is being distilled from a bigger list of 300 prominent business schools – including 75 top ones from each of the five BRICS countries. The 100 business schools to finally make it to the BRICS100 BBS list for 2014 will be the ones that have displayed a consistent steak of creative, innovative, insightful and more profound perspective of business education, and who have contributed materially and measurably to the improvement of business and management standards and practices in the industry of their country. The five dimensions of the Express Potential for Excellence (EPEX) framework deployed for building the BRICS100 BBS list converge to one all-encompassing point – Impact on Industry Growth.

The EPEX algorithm for BRICS100 BBS rates business Schools along the five dimensions of: Faculty Strength & Diversity, Research Focus & Heutagogical Strengths, Entrepreneurship & Management Development Focus, Curricular, Infrastructure & Delivery Strengths and Capabilities for Leadership Development.

The BRICS100 Top Universities - 2014 (List Releasing Soon)

The 2014 BRICS100 Top Universities (BRICS100 TU) list is also planned for release in the last week of May, 2015. The pickings are being made from a larger list of 500 Universities – 100 from each of the five BRICS countries. EPEX framework has been deployed to rate universities for their capacities to lead in their acts of knowledge creation, dissemination and deployment, and their potential to impact growth of their countries. Stay tuned for more information, or write to us at

The BRICS100 Top Universities – The Methodology

TThe 2014 list of BRICS100 Top Universities (BRICS100 TU) is being drawn from a bigger selection of 500 most renowned universities – including 100 best from each of the five BRICS countries. The 100 universities that will finally make the cut for the 2014 BRICS100 TU list would have made their way up thanks to their scores on the EPEX.

The EPEX algorithm for BRICS100 TU rates universities along the five dimensions of: Faculty Strength & Diversity, Research Focus & Heutagogical Strengths, Contribution to Community Development, Curricular, Infrastructure & Delivery Strengths and Potential for Knowledge Leadership.