Coolest College Start-ups 2011

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Motycka Enterprises, University of Colorado

Founder: Emil Motycka is a senior majoring in economics and business. He built his sizable landscaping and groundskeeping company out of a class idea—from back in third grade.
Concept: Hired groundskeeping services (pay per job), landscaping projects, and outdoor-work contracts.
Funding: Recently acquired seven competing small companies; income of more than $250,000 per year.
Goal: Acquire more small competitors and bring them under a new umbrella brand.
Takeaway: "Through college, you got friends who always have the internships at the Wall Street firms, or the Silicon Valley tech companies—the sexy jobs—but when push comes to shove, I think a lot more money can be made doing something nobody wants to do."
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