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Big Bang! Workshops and Events

View workshops and events for the 2017/18 Big Bang!

These workshops and events offer great opportunities to network as you learn how to move your idea towards a viable business and/or to effectively compete in the Big Bang! Business Competition.

Workshops are presented by leading business and investment community members and include the opportunity to ask questions and engage in hands-on activities. All workshops and events are free and open to the public. 

Many of our 2018/19 Big Bang! videos will be live-streamed and available on demand. Click here to view>

To learn more about the Big Bang!read about the 2017/18 competition winners >


2018/19 Big Bang! Launch
Thursday, October 25, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
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We are honored to have athlete, author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Sally Edwards speak on Passion + Purpose: From Athlete to Entrepreneur to help us launch our 2018/19 Big Bang! Business Competition. Join us for networking and an opportunity to meet other members of the Big Bang! community and to begin to share ideas and formulate teams.


Starting Something That Matters + Networking Mixer
Thursday, November 1, 6–8 p.m.
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This first workshop in our Big Bang! workshop series introduces the most important skill any innovator or entrepreneur needs: the ability to build a network around your business idea. There will also be a presentation and activity on crafting your elevator pitch.

Following the workshop is a brief Little Bang! Poster Competition information session. The evening concludes with a networking mixer where individuals have the opportunity to find team members or join a team. Pizza, salad and drinks provided.

This event is free but registration is requested.

Making the Leap—Moving from Idea to Business
Thursday, November 8, 6–8 p.m.
With Tim Keller, Executive Director, Inventopia
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Moving your potential business idea from concept to reality requires planning, cheap tools and a strong network. Develop a foundation for thinking about how to move your idea forward and the tools to do so effectively.

Defining the Problem and Solution
Thursday, November 29, 6–8 p.m.
With UC Davis alumna Mariah Heller, the creator of Pain-Free Fitness and co-owner of CaliRoots FitFusion gym in West Sacramento

Rescheduled from November 15 due to campus closure. Camera crew not available for new date, therefore no live broadcast or recording.  
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A key element in developing a viable business is clearly articulating the problem you are solving and your proposed solution. In this workshop, develop your initial key elements to define your business: the problem, solution, and value proposition.


Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 1
Tuesday, December 4, 6–8 p.m.
Up to $6,000 in prizes awarded

The Little Bang! Poster Competitions help students define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster. This is an entry-level competition; no business experience is necessary.

Please visit our Little Bang! Poster Competitions page for to learn about awards, guidelines and submission deadlines. Both participants and spectators are invited to attend this interactive evening of networking and posters!

Write to Win—Developing Your Executive Summary
Thursday, December 6, 6–8 p.m.
Watch on-demand video of 2017 workshop >
Due to power outage 2018 workshop not recorded.

Writing an Executive Summary
Sample Executive Summary
MedWorks Executive Summary Example
ReNewFoods Executive Summary Example

Learn how to define your business in a concise and well-written executive summary. The executive summary is a required deliverable in Round 1 of our competition. This workshop aims to help you with this deliverable.


Define and Validate Your Business Model
Thursday, January 17, 6–8 p.m.
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A new venture’s business model defines how the new venture brings together the technology, market, and business opportunities available to it, as well as how the business plans to make money (and how much). This workshop covers basic business models and provides hands-on instruction on how to evaluate the best model for your business.

Little Bang! Poster Competition + Networking Mixer
Thursday, January 24, 5–8 p.m.
UC Davis, Gallagher Hall Grand Foyer

Participate in our poster competition to win prize money, but more importantly, get your idea in front of the public to receive valuable feedback from judges and attendees.

Define Your Customer and the Market + Customer Calls
Thursday, January 31, 6-8 p.m.
With Ben Finkelor, Executive Director, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
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Understanding the needs of your customer is one of the most important first steps in any new venture. Learn to identify your market segment and customers, and evaluate whether (and how much) those customers value your product, service or business solution. This session will help you develop questions to ask a potential customer in order to better validate your market, competitors and customers. You will be able to observe a real-time customer call in action.


Idea to Reality: Business Boot Camp / Enrich Your Pitch
Thursday, February 7, 4–8 p.m.
With Professor Andrew Hargadon and Guest Entrepreneur Jory Des Jardins, Global Head of Community at ConsenSys

Our business boot camp will give you the inside scoop on making the leap from idea to business, validating a problem and solution, and identifying a market and customer. When you RSVP, sign up for the Enrich Your Pitch mentoring session to share your concept, via an elevator pitch and optional slide pitch deck, with invited guest entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors. You’ll leave with a toolset and clear perspective on how to build an effective, appropriate and viable plan and strategy to business.

Show Me the Money: Projecting + Presenting Financials
Wednesday, February 13, 6–8 p.m.
With Nick Fasciano | Independent Consultant, Private Equity Valuation
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What do potential investors want to see? Learn to forecast and present your financials in a way that effectively demonstrates your understanding of the market and the value of your venture.

Developing Your Startup Slide Deck
Thursday, February 28, 6–8 p.m.
With Ben Wang | Founder and Chief Medical Officer | NeVap Inc.
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Learn how to create compelling slides to convey your idea. The pitch presentation can be used when pitching your company idea to potential team members, investors and stakeholders. The workshop will teach participants how to effectively develop their business plan/slide deck.

MARCH 2019

Pitching like a Pro—Presenting Your Startup Slide Deck + Past BB! Winners Pitch
Thursday, March 7, 6–8 p.m.
With Monique Brown  |  I/O Labs
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Come learn how to pitch your idea in a more compelling way. Whether starting a business, building a nonprofit, or presenting a new idea to your boss, this workshop will provide you with a set of tools to effectively pitch like a pro. Let past Big Bang! winners show you how it is done by presenting their startup. This is a great opportunity to watch a live pitch presentation and ask questions.

APRIL 2019

Intellectual Property
Thursday, April 11, 6–8 p.m.
With Matt Vanleeuwen | DLA Piper LLP
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Intellectual Property (IP) may be the first tangible asset you have to give value to a new venture. Whether you plan to develop a business around your research or license your technology, you will need to decide how and when to protect your intellectual property.

MAY 2019

Big Bang! Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 23, 5–8:30 p.m.
UC Davis, Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
Networking Mixer, 5 p.m. | Program, 6 p.m.
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The top five Big Bang! finalists will present their presentations at the final awards ceremony. The 1st and 2nd place and sponsored award winners will be announced. Audience members will vote for People’s Choice Award winner.

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