Nevap wins 1st place in the Big Bang! (Pictured: Team Lead Benjamin Wang)Undergraduates Akshay Sethi and Victor Awad took home 2nd place for Ambercycle.
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Congratulations, 2014 Big Bang! Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition Winners!

Five finalists presented at the May 22 Final Pitch and Awards Ceremony. The People’s Choice Award was selected by the audience at the end of the evening. Judges selected all other awards.

First Prize ($10,000): Nevap

Second Prize ($5000): Ambercycle

People’s Choice ($2500): Zasaka

Big Ideas “Promoting Innovation and Social Change” Award ($5000):
Adrastia Biotechnology
Sponsored by the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies

Ag and Food Innovation Award ($2500): Zasaka
Sponsored by Moss Adams:

ASUCD E-Fund Undergraduate Awards ($1000 each):

Ambercycle Inc. has developed a system to degrade plastics so that they are cheaper and easier to recycle.

Archer is a software startup company providing a 3D-gesture-based Smart TV OS for TV service and device companies. Archer’s intellectual property (IP)-protected technology and interface design help its customers dramatically improve the TV user experience with the point of a finger.

GuardN delivers a smart sprinkler system that decreases the environmental impact of water waste and lowers landscaping costs for the average homeowner.

The five finalist teams who presented at the finals:

Ambercycle Inc. has developed a system to degrade plastics so that they are cheaper and easier to recycle.

MedWorks Medicine by Design provides an online collaborative platform to engage everyone to learn about and design medicine computationally. Those designs are refined and sold to biotech and pharmaceutical companies, helping to accelerate the medicine-making process.

Nevap Inc. is a medical device company that creates solutions to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Their current device prevents ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Zasaka offers agricultural products and services targeted to smallholder farmer customers.

zInspector is a cloud-based content management framework for property management, real estate, construction and home improvement industries.

Competition sponsors include Andrew Barkett, DLA Piper, Gary Simon, Akers Capital, Moss Adams, UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economic, SMUD, Bank of America, CVF Capital Partners, Lamplighter Financial, PIPRA,  ASUCD E-Fund, and StickerGiant.