In April of 2013, Colorado College hosted a momentous entrepreneurial event for its students. The Big Idea was a pitch event where Colorado College students presented their project idea before a panel of five judges in order to compete for $50,000 in funding towards the project. The panel reviewed the project ideas based on financial stability, effect on quality of life, feasibility and presentation, and the potential impact of the project on the world. In this video clip, entrepreneurs Christian Tappe and Breton Schwarzenbach present their Big Idea, Assavat Company.
"I will be presenting on a venture I have been dreaming of for a long time now. I want to start an argo-forestry institute. The idea is to establish a closed loop economy for the town of Narsaq, Greenland. Narsaq is home to under 1,700 people, though this number is shrinking; with the melting icecaps the shrimp are swimming north for colder water and seven of the towns eight commercial fishing boats have been recently decommissioned. With the melting ice tracts of land rich in minerals, especially Rare Earth Metals, Uranium, and Oil, have been exposed. In an effort provide an alternative industry to the town, so they may be fully empowered to make decisions about their mineral rights, I will revive ancient practices of the area, and bring current models of biomimicry and land use, to assist the people in adapting to the changing climate, and avoid becoming a Boom and Bust country."--Business proposal