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Big Bang! Workshops and Events
Connect. Learn. Compete.

View workshops and events for the 2019/20 Big Bang!

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to move from concept to company—and to effectively compete in the annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition.

Connect. Learn. Compete. Even if you don’t wish to become an entrepreneur, the leadership skills you learn through the Little Bang! and Big Bang! experience will translate into whatever career path you choose. You’ll learn to:

  • Solve complex problems
  • Be a part of and effectively lead cross-functional and cross-cultural teams
  • Make connections and build your network
  • Thrive in an uncertain environment

CONNECTIONS

Connect with fellow innovators in a 30-minute facilitated discussion featuring a “near peer” innovator who has participated in prior year competitions.

Date Near Peer Guest(s) Link to RSVP
Tuesday
11.03.20
​Noon
Mathew Magno | Japa RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
11.17.20
​Noon
Christy Serrato |  PairAnything RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
12.08.20
​Noon
Maria Artunduaga | Respira Labs RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
01.12.21
​Noon
Denise Bronner |

Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos.

RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
01.26.21
Noon
Tony Simon | Cognivive RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
02.09.21
Noon
Ryan Barr | RePurpose Energy RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
03.02.21
​Noon
Michael Vilardo | VHomes RSVP to Attend
Tuesday
04.06.21
​Noon
TBD RSVP to Attend
Office Hours

Our innovation ambassadors (students from a range of disciplines) are available to talk you through the details of preparing your competition deliverables.

Schedule TBD at the start of fall quarter.

WORKSHOPS

Learn to move your idea forward in a series of innovation workshops presented by leading business and investment community members. We’ve designed the Big Bang! workshops to inform the preparation of competition deliverables, but you don’t have to enter the competition to attend the workshops. All workshops are open to the public.

Participants should view recorded content prior to the live meeting,  where the guest speaker provides a broad overview of content, leads small group activities to reinforce concepts, and facilitates group discussion.

Workshop/Event Date/Time Link to RSVP

Starting Something That Matters
with Joe DiNunzio
Watch on demand >

Thursday
10.29.20
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Defining the Problem and Solution
with Mariah Heller
Watch on demand >
Big Bang Canvas Powerpoint  Defining the Problem Worksheet
Thursday
11.05.20
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend

Making the Leap—Moving from Idea to Business
with Professor Andrew Hargadon
Watch on demand >
Elevator Pitch Worksheet  |  Eat Right Case Study  |  Sources of Uncertainty Handout

Tuesday
11.10.20
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Mentoring Session #1 Thursday
11.12.20
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Write to Win: Developing Your Executive Summary
with Nate Williams
Watch on demand >
Sample First Paragraphs of an Executive Summary Writing Executive Summaries
Thursday
12.10.20
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Define and Validate Your Business Model
with Tim Keller
Watch on demand >
Revenue Model Worksheet 3x5 Revenue Projection Worksheet
Thursday
01.14.21
6–7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Define Your Customer and Market + Customer Calls
with Ben Finkelor 
Watch on demand >
Thursday
01.28.21
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
with Marianne Skoczek
|  Mentoring Session #2
Thursday
02.04.21
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Show Me the Money: Projecting and Presenting Financials 
with Nick Fasciano
Watch on demand >
Business Canvas3x5 Revenue ProjectionsRevenue Model Worksheet
Thursday
02.18.21
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Developing Your Startup Slide Deck
with Benjamin Wang
Watch on demand >
Thursday
02.25.21
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Pitching Like a Pro: Presenting Your Startup Slide Deck
with Monique Brown
Watch on demand >
Thursday
03.04.21
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Mentoring Session #3 Thursday
03.18.21
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Attend
Intellectual Property
Slide deck: Intellectual Property and Organization Basics
Thursday
04.08.21
6-7 p.m.
RSVP to Attend

COMPETITION

Compete to win money and move your idea forward. Participation in the Big Bang! Business Competition requires at least least one founder to be affiliated with an institution of higher education within the State of California. Refer to competition guidelines for details.

Students at any level—from high school to Ph.D.—are eligible to compete in the Little Bang! Poster Competitions.

Event/Deadline Date/Time Link to RSVP / Details
2020 Launch Thursday
10.22.20
6 p.m.
Join us on Facebook Live
Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 1 Thursday
11.19.20
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Compete
RSVP to Attend
DEADLINE (Optional): Early Team Registration Tuesday
12.15.20
Noon

Register in YouNoodle

Receive UC Mentors credits

DEADLINE (Optional): Early Feedback Thursday
01.21.21
Noon

Register in YouNoodle

Receive feedback prior to Round 1 deadline

Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 2 Thursday
02.11.21
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Compete
​RSVP to Attend
DEADLINE: Round 1 Submissions Tuesday
02.23.21
Noon
Register in YouNoodle
DEADLINE: Round 2 Submissions Thursday
04.01.21
Noon
 
Dry Run Mentoring Session Thursday-Friday
04.29-30.21
Top 16 teams only
Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 3 Thursday
05.13.21
6-8 p.m.
RSVP to Compete
​RSVP to Attend
Final Presentations + Judging Friday
05.14.21
Top 16 teams only
2021 Big Bang! Awards Show Thursday
05.27.21
6 p.m.
RSVP to Attend

 

The Big Bang! process turned our idea into a plan—and helped open countless doors to additional funding and growth opportunities.

—Ryan Barr
Ph.D. Student | Co-Founder and COO, RePurpose Energy

RePurpose Energy

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