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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.
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.
2016 Big Bang! Business Competition: Finalists Vie for $50,000 in Prizes
Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony — May 26
The five finalist teams in the 2016 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition will pitch their ventures this Thursday, May 26, at an awards ceremony at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center.
Forty-two teams representing 120 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 16th annual competition. The contest provides workshops, mentorship, financing guidance and networking opportunities to accelerate commercialization and advance the startup process, and is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff.
Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
The top five Big Bang! finalists will present their presentations at the final awards ceremony.
Thursday, May 26, 5–8 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
The top five Big Bang! Business Competition finalists will present their presentations at the final awards ceremony. Our panel of judges will announce the 1st and 2nd place winners; audience members will vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.
Networking: 5–6 p.m.
Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony: 6–8 p.m.
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.
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.
Monday, April 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the World Food Center invite you to join a networking mixer and keynote presentation with Kat Taylor, founding director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and co-founder/co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.
Biomedical Startup Raises
$1 Million toward Revolutionizing Anesthesia
Entrepreneurship Academy Serves as Springboard
UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Syngas Challenge Prize
The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship announces the new Syngas Challenge prize, sponsored by Davis–based Sierra Energy, as part of the 2015–16 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.
The Syngas Challenge will award a total of $10,000 for first and a second place prizes to the competition teams with the most innovative applications focused on syngas (or synthesis gas) uses and end-products.
Anpac Bio-Medical Science Pledges $50,000 to UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Anpac Bio-Medical Science Co. has pledged $50,000 to the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to underwrite student fellowships and support the annual Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy.
Q&A with Professor Andrew Hargadon on building an innovation factory, the surprising truths about how breakthroughs happen, and his new book, Sustainable Innovation.
Big Bang! Kicks Off
Changing the World, One Startup at a Time
Matt Flannery, co-founder, Kiva.org and founder, Branch International
"We can make a lot of progress for the world and in our personal lives through this vessel of social good.”
More than 100 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs—students, faculty, researchers and staff from the UC Davis campus and beyond—joined with Davis and Sacramento area business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors at the 15th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition Kickoff on October 27.
The UC Davis mother and daughter team of Scrumpt, this year’s Big Bang! Business Competition winner, pitched their startup at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2015, one of 25 finalists from a field of more than 2,000. A food sector innovator, Scrumpt helps busy parents who want an easier way to pack a healthy school lunch.
Food and Ag Innovations Sweep 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition, $40K awarded
Scrumpt's healthy lunches service lands $10,000 first prize.
Five finalists—out of more than 50 teams in this year’s competition—pitched their ventures to the audience before prizes were announced.
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
Big Bang! Business Competition: Finalists Primed to Start Something Big
Annual Presentations and Awards Ceremony, May 21
The five finalist teams in the 2015 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition will pitch their ventures this Thursday, May 21, at an awards ceremony at the UC Davis Conference Center.
More than 50 teams representing over 150 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 15th annual competition. The contest provides workshops, mentorship, financing and networking to accelerate commercialization and advance the startup process, and is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff.
We are happy to announce our 2015 Big Bang! Business Competition semi-finalists.
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.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market
(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
The University of California, Davis, launched 14 commercial startups during the past year to June 30 — the largest number of new ventures based on UC Davis technology to be started in a single year. Several have ties to the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.