Innovations in Food Sweep 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition
Nearly $40,000 Awarded to Promising Startups
Scrumpt, a startup that delivers low-cost, healthy lunches and nutritious snacks via mail to elementary school children, took the $10,000 first prize in the 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition during the Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony at the UC Davis Conference Center this evening.
Five finalists—out of more than 50 teams in this year’s competition—pitched their ventures to the audience before prizes were announced.
Many of the ventures focus on innovations in food delivery—the how, what and when we eat for optimal nutrition and minimal waste.
A team of our Business Development Fellows, UC Davis MBAs and their Zambian colleagues has built a company around simple technologies and practices that help farmers to avoid losses and grow more crops. Zasaka has taken off since winning both the People’s Choice award and the Ag and Food Innovation prize in last year’s Big Bang! Business Competition
Professor Hemant Bhargava on SiriusXM says the Verizon-AOL deal represents further vertical consolidation in media and communications–big players are covering all the pieces, the pipes and the content.
Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Vivek Ranadive, tech leader and owner of the Sacramento Kings, in a rare public appearance, shared his vision on the five forces to harness for business success.
Alibaba has no female board directors, which could be a factor why an inappropriate job description like this gets posted. Alibaba’s lack of women directors mirrors the findings of our UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders, cited in this article.
One Way Business Schools Attract Black Students: With Black Students
As corporations seek to hire more minorities, business schools continue to lag way behind on diversity measures
Business school deans and admissions officers say they’re doing all they can, that their student populations reflect their applicant pool and that they can’t admit students who don’t apply or who aren’t qualified. At UC Davis, our Full-Time MBA program ranks 6th in U.S. with one of the highest percentages of Hispanic students entering in the class of 2014.
Taking One for the Team: Professor Don Palmer’s study of Tour de France dopers shows that loyal cheaters can lead organizations to promote wrongdoing. “This means that the right response against wrongdoing is not more organizational control of what people do, but less pressure to win,” writes Palmer’s long-time colleague Henrich Greve of INSEAD in Singapore.
Energy expert, Amy Myers Jaffe, speaks during the Houston Chronicle editorial board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Houston. Jaffee is the UC Davis Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, with affiliation at the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies.
Business schools were surveyed by over 10,000 current and former business school students about their programs to find which places offer the best quality of education — schools where students have access to relevant, interesting and challenging courses taught by qualified professors — and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is No.21 in having the best quality of education.
UC Davis recently won 18 awards for its work in marketing and communications, alumni relations, and development — including a grand gold for the grand finale to The Campaign for UC Davis. UC Davis came home with six gold, six silver and five bronze Awards of Excellence, plus the grand gold, from the District VII conference in March.
Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations, described the conference as a “major milestone for UC Davis,” noting how representatives from other universities stated that “UC Davis is a force to be reckoned with.”
Sandia National Laboratories’ Twistact and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Optimization of Building Efficiency projects were selected today as the Livermore Valley Site’s participants in the Energy Department’s LabCorps pilot program. Program partners include the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In this op-ed, Professor Steve C. Currall writes that many pundits give President Obama’s budget proposal little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress. The House and Senate budget blueprints have set the stage for a likely veto struggle. But while dysfunctional, hyper-partisanship may continue to rule Washington, at least one important part of the budget is cause for hope: federal investments in science and technology innovation. There are encouraging signs that America’s innovation ecosystem will get a bipartisan boost this year.
UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9 Percent
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis part-time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9 percent in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.
At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis part-time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.
A crumb-free keyboard isn’t the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer. Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one’s work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.
University of California at Davis’ Graduate School of Management has partnered with the San Francisco-based University of California Hastings Colleges of the Law to offer a concurrent JD/MBA program. The new JD/MBA can be completed in four years, rather than the five years it would take to complete both degrees separately. It’s aimed at participants whose career paths are on the intersection between law and business.
While eating lunch is still a natural part of the American workday, it’s now fairly uncommon for white collar workers to go on a lunch break. Like after-hours email, this critical lack of escape is slowly chipping away at our psyches. “Staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking,” UC-Davis Professor Kimberly Elsbach recently told NPR’s Here & Now. “It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person to arrive at an ‘aha’ moment.”
The reality is that “smart” money is really quite dumb, even endowment money isn’t smart: Professor Brad Barber’s study found the vast majority of endowments, like the vast majority of individual investors, “choose to play the loser’s game” of active management, with mixed results.
UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10 Percent in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.
U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10 percent of the 464 full-time MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today?
Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only one in five people steps away for a midday meal. Most workers are simply eating at their desks.
But studies have also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes, because creativity can take a hit when you don’t change environments.
What ever happened to the lunch hour – actually getting out of the office for some air and a meal? Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Studies show that only one in five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But research has also found that the longer you stay at work, the more important it is to get outside of the office, even if it’s just for a few minutes.