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Big Bang! and Little Bang! Prizes

The 20th annual Big Bang! Business Competition and the 2019/20 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 20, 2020. The audience selects the People’s Choice Award winner at the awards ceremony.


2019 Big Bang! business competition Awards

Please note: We will update with 2020 awards in October 2019.

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

20189 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

Little Bang! winners

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 enrolled students at all levels to define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster, Little Bang! supports students early on their entrepreneurial journey.

Poster Session 1 12/4/18
6-8 p.m.
Nine (9) winners of $250 awards. $2,250
    Two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award winners. $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/19
​6-8 p.m.
Nine (9) winners of $500 awards. $4,500
    One (1) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award winner. $500
Poster Session 3 5/21/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to eight (8) $1,000 awards and one (1) $250 People’s Choice award available. $8,250
    Up to three (3) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,500
    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 are available 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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