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Big Bang! Business Competition
Collaborate, Develop and Test Your Business Concept

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Our annual Big Bang! business competition provides a forum for the UC Davis and broader community to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. The Big Bang! offers mentorship, team building, education, financing and networking for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Participating in Big Bang! is an educational experience beginning in October and lasting until May. Teams use this period to develop new ideas (e.g., team members from a variety of technical and business disciplines and/or mentors found in faculty, alumni, and other community professionals).

By participating in the Big Bang!, you will learn how to:

  • Define your problem and solution
  • Develop an elevator pitch
  • Define your product or service
  • Evaluate the potential market
  • Develop a business model
  • Create a pitch presentation
  • Write a business summary

The competition is generously sponsored by local corporations and the investment community.


Big Bang! Related Spotlights, Articles, and News Features

Big Bang! Business Competition

In the News
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My Big Bang! Journey: MBA Student Blog
Kellan Hays MBA 14

Getting involved with Zasaka this year was a true highlight of my entire Graduate School of Management experience—and it proved that UC Davis was totally the right school for me.

One of the main reasons I decided to get my MBA at the GSM was the sustainability and entrepreneurial culture that seemed to be widespread across campus. The Big Bang! Business Competition is just one of the many programs here at UCD that helps keep that culture alive and well. 

In the News
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New approach to heart valve replacement
ViVita Technologies wins Big Bang! 2013

A new approach to tissue preparation that makes heart valve replacements less likely to be rejected by the body’s immune system — potentially giving transplant patients longer, healthier lives — was the clear favorite in this year’s University of California, Davis, business plan competition — sweeping both the first prize and the People’s Choice award. ViVita Technologies, a team comprising a UC Davis veterinarian and three biomedical engineering doctoral students, took home a total of $12,000 in the 13th annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.

Spotlight Story
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Green Power Sources, Baby Products and Cancer Treatment Win at Big Bang! Business Plan Competition

The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition came from the S2E Energy founder with a thin, transparent material designed to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites took home $10,000 at the May 25 finals of the 12th annual competition, which is organized and run by UC Davis MBA students.

Second prize of $4,500 went to the creators of Happy Baby vending machines, for on-the-go access to diapers, organic snacks and other baby products.

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