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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.
Story about the UC Davis Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy, which connects students, researchers and faculty with industry representatives and investors. UC Davis Graduate School of Management Professor Andrew Hargadon is quoted in the story about the academy, which is organized by the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
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.
Story about the winners of the 2014 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition, including the top winner, Nevap Inc., a medical device startup founded by a UC Davis graduate.
Congratulations to the 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition Winners!
We are happy to announce our 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition semifinalists.
Imagine three days in which you meet one amazing entrepreneur after another and leave inspired enough to almost quit b-school to launch your own startup. That’s what I found at Ignite 2014, which had the inspiring tagline, Fueling Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs. The conference was hosted by UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management and organized in collaboration with Rice University.
The Office of Science and Technology cites our NIH-funded collaboration with UC Davis School of Medicine to commercialize science and engineering innovations.
People often think entrepreneurship is a one-idea, one-shot game: you have a great idea and you pursue it until it makes you rich or makes you run back home. That’s a shame because it keeps people from exploring entrepreneurship as a career. It’s like thinking the only career in music is to be frontman in a rock band. In truth, most entrepreneurs take part in multiple startups before launching their own, and they play many different roles besides the star.
Opportunity of a Lifetime-Meet our Business Development Fellows
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- Grow Your Venture at the Food, Ag and Health Entrepreneurship Academy
John Bissell, Co-founder and CEO of Micromidas, talks about the value of the Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy in his journey from lab to start-up.