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Big Bang! Business Competition Highlighted
University competitions help turn ideas into lean, mean, well connected startups with great potential for profit. Smart Modern Entrepreneurs Pals highlights our UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition, and PlayPatch, winner of the first prize and the People’s Choice award. UC Davis MBA student Chuck Temple (left) and Justin Klein, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering and a Business Development Fellow at the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, show their wearable birth control device.
Graduate School of Management alumnus and 2008 Big Bang! Business Competition winner Tim Keller is leading Area 52, a tech business incubator where entrepreneurs can rent office space and have access to a full-fledged machine shop to turn their ideas into products.
Last night I had the privilege of sharing a meal with a special guest of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kat Taylor. Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, are renowned philanthropists and social justice activists in California. In addition to founding the hugely successful venture capital firm Farallon Capital, they are avid entrepreneurs and funders of numerous socially motivated endeavors. Examples include the California Beneficial State Bank, One PacificCoast Bank, TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford.
Biomedical Innovations Make a Big Bang!
Record $50,000-plus awarded to promising startups in annual UC Davis business competition
PlayPatch, maker of a wearable, natural alternative to birth control pills, took the $20,000 first prize and won the $2,500 People’s Choice award in the 16th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition on Thursday, May 26. The first prize includes $10,000 cash and $10,000 in in-kind services from Davis Roots, a local startup incubator with ties to both the university and the city of Davis.
Scrumpt, our most recent Big Bang! Business Competition winner, is among USA Today’s 10 best new business ideas from university entrepreneurs. Scrumpt offers low-cost, healthy lunches and snacks delivered to families of elementary school children.