June 18, 2008

Jake Mattison Wins in Colorado State Biz Plan Competition

Graduating senior Jake Mattison's plan for Clean Air Solutions won 2nd place and $5,000 at the Venture Adventure competition, hosted by the business school at Colorado State University. The competition attracted students from 16 top schools across the U.S. and Canada.

The students presented their ideas and plans for realistic new ventures to a panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs and investors, who provided insights into real-world entrepreneurial challenges. The competition allowed the students to sharpen their business planning and presentation skills.

Jake's business plan for Clean Air Solutions received kudos from the judges, who encouraged him to pursue the business. Clean Air Solutions is based on the government's cap-and-trade free market solution to pollution. Jake's business would pay farmers who practice no-till farming for their credits, then sell those credits to high-pollution companies for a profit.

Brad Hancock, assistant director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, said that several judges gave Jake their card and told him they would like to help with contacts or perhaps be actively involved in his business concept.

 "Originally, I came up with the business plan specifically for competitions, to win money and raise awareness for TCU, but several of the judges convinced me it was a worthwhile project. Now we're talking to lawyers and finance people," said Jake, who already has a management team in place.

"Clean Air Solutions is good for the environment, and we make money," says Jake, who adds that it is practically a sure thing for profit since "you can't have a bad carbon season."
For more information on the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, visit www.nec.tcu.edu.


Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU