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Big Bang! and Little Bang! Prizes

The 2018/19 Big Bang! Business Competition and Little Bang! Poster Competitions will award more than $100,000 in prize money. Big Bang! winners are selected in a closed-door session prior to the awards ceremony and will be announced at the final awards ceremony on May 23, 2019. The audience selects the People’s Choice Award winner at the awards ceremony.

2019 Big Bang! Awards

Awards are updated as sponsorships are confirmed.

First Place Marrone Bio Innovations + Lorin Johnson Top innovation across all categories $20,000
People’s Choice Award WilmerHale + 
HM.CLAUSE
Audience favorite, selected by vote during final awards ceremony $7,500

2018 Big Bang! SECTOR Awards

Food + Agriculture Sector Award AGR Partners + Gowan Co. For innovations in food and agriculture $10,000
Health Sector Award Bayer Crop Science For innovations in health $10,000
Energy Sector Award SMUD + UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship For innovations in energy efficiency $10,000
Engineering Sector Award EVCO Plastics +
UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
For innovations in engineering $10,000
Central Valley Innovation Award UC Merced Venture Lab through
Assembly Bill 2664
For innovations supporting economic development in the Central Valley $10,000
UC Davis Health Innovation Award UC Davis School of Medicine + UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine For UC Davis student team innovations in health $3,000
Food, Ag & Health Innovation Award UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health For innovations in food, ag and health $3,000
CleanStart Award CleanStart + Gary Simon For innovation in clean energy technologies $2,500

Little Bang! Awards

The Little Bang! Poster Competition series offers three rounds of competition awarding up to a combined total of $18,000 in available prize money. Prize money increases as the series progresses.

Designed to help currently enrolled students at all levels to define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster, this competition is meant to support students early on their entrepreneurial journey.

Poster Session 1 12/4/18
6-8 p.m.
Up to twenty (20) $250 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to ten (10) $500 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
Poster Session 3 5/21/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to five (5) $1,000 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
    Total Little Bang! Awards Available $18,000

Program funding for Little Bang! is provided through a generous gift from Barry and Lynda Keller and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

* VentureWell/TEAM BioInnovation Awards

Up to two bioinnovation awards of $500 at each will be awarded to UC Davis students during each poster session. Bioinnovation includes work rooted in the engineering of, for, and/or with biology. This award recognizes and encourages teams whose technologies are focused and rooted in bioinnovation and that may benefit from the opportunity to work and prototype in the TEAM Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation and/or electro-mechanical prototyping labs.

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