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 +
|Audience favorite, selected by vote during final awards ceremony||$7,500|
2019 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|
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
|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
|Nine (9) winners of $500 awards.||$4,500|
|One (1) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award winner.||$500|
|Poster Session 3||5/21/19
|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.