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Big Bang! Business Competition Prizes
This year we will award more than $60,000 in prizes

Big Bang! Awards

First Place: $20,000

Supported by Davis Roots

The first place award consists of $10,000 cash and up to $10,000 in-kind donations and grant funding from local incubator Davis Roots, intended to promote and support innovation in the Davis area and across the region.* 

The winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the final awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the first place cash award funding.

Second Place: $15,000

Supported by Davis Roots

The second place award consists of $5,000 cash and up to $10,000 in-kind donations and grant funding from local incubator Davis Roots, intended to promote and support innovation in the Davis area and across the region.* 

The winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the final awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the second place cash award funding.

People’s Choice Award: $2,500

The People’s Choice Award is announced at the final awards ceremony. Audience members vote on their favorite presentation. Support from our generous sponsors provides the People’s Choice Award funding.

* Should the winning teams opt not to take advantage of the Davis Roots in-kind support and grant funding, this portion of the award may be awarded to another team in the competition.

Sponsored Awards

Sponsored awards will be updated as sponsorships are confirmed for 2015/16.

Syngas Challenge Award: $10,000

Sponsored by Sierra Energy

New for the 2015/16 competition, the Syngas Challenge Award, sponsored by Sierra Energy, will be given to a team developing a business concept around synthesis gas. Synthesis gas—or “syngas”—is a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and often carbon dioxide. The name come from its use as an intermediate in creating synthetic natural gas and for producing ammonia or methanol. Syngas is usually a product of gasification and the main application is electricity generation. Syngas can help in the processes of creating clean water, fertilizer, power and fuel.

Biomedical Innovation Award: $4,000

Sponsored by UC Davis Office of Research, School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine

The Biomedical Innovation Award is given to the team with the top biomedical innovation. This award is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Office of Research, School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine.

Poverty Alleviation Award: $3,000

Sponsored by UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies

The Poverty Alleviation Award, sponsored by UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, is given to the team with a highest quality solution for improving the lives of people in poverty in the developing and/or developed world

Innovation in Food & Agriculture Award: $3,000

Sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center

The Innovation in Food & Agriculture Award, sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center, is given to the innovation that contributes to strengthening our food system, locally or globally. The focal areas for impact are innovations that improve the energy or water efficiency of how we produce food (from agriculture through food processing) or that advance healthier outcomes from food. 

CleanTech Award: $2,500

Sponsored by Gary Simon

The CleanTech Award will be given to the team addressing today’s most urgent energy and environmental challenges. This award honors the best idea that harnesses renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduces the use of natural resources, and cuts or eliminates emissions and wastes. The recipient will also qualify for inclusion in the National CleanTech Open, with fees waived.