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

Our annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for UC Davis and the 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.

We awarded a record $50,000 this year.
Read about our winners here >

What is the Big Bang! Business Competition?

The Big Bang! provides a rich immersion for students, faculty, researchers and staff interested in starting or growing a business venture. In addition to the business competition, the Big  Bang! offers a comprehensive series of workshops for building entrepreneurial skills. Big Bang! runs October through May—get involved and start developing your Big Idea. The competition is generously sponsored by local corporations and the investment community.

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

“It’s amazing to see how far our teams can go,” says Professor Andrew Hargadon, founder and faculty director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “In October, many of their ideas are just that: ideas. By May, with a ton of hard work, support and mentorship, many of these ideas are ready for prime-time as companies, licensed technologies or nonprofits.”

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