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Big Bang! Business Competition
Collaborate, develop and test your business concept

UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition

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 resources for team building, education, mentorship and networking for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

  • Watch the five finalist teams pitch their ventures
  • Vote for the People’s Choice Award winner
  • More than $100,000 in prize money, including $20,000 first prize

What is the Big Bang! Business Competition?

Big Bang! Business Competition

The Big Bang! provides a rich immersion for students, faculty, researchers and community members interested in starting or growing a business venture. In addition to the 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 venture or idea. The competition is open to everyone and is generously sponsored by local corporations and the investment community.

Click here to watch a video of our competition launch event in October with Sally Edwards, founder of Fleet Feet.

The Big Bang! Business Competition and all workshops are free and open to everyone who wants to start and grow a business. Workshops are live-streamed and available on demand.

What is the little Bang! POSTER Competition?

The entry-level Little Bang! Poster Competition is designed to help currently enrolled UC Davis students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas.

participaTE in the Big Bang! and 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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