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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 awarded $100,000 in prize money.

Join us for the 2020/21 competition, launching this fall. Stay tuned: we will update this page in the early fall.


2020 Big Bang! business competition Awards

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 $10,000
Food + Agriculture Sector Award AGR Partners + Gowan Co. For innovations in food and agriculture $10,000
Health Sector Award Bayer For innovations in health $10,000
Energy Sector Award SMUD For innovations in energy efficiency $10,000
Technology Sector Award UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship For innovations in technology $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 $3,000
Innovations in Technology Award Bow Capital For innovations in technology $3,000
    Big Bang! Awards Available $82,000

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 11/21/19
6-8 p.m.
19 winners of $250 awards. $4,750
    Two $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award winners. $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/23/20
​6-8 p.m.
Ten winners of $500 awards. $5,000
    Two $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award. $1,000
Poster Session 3 5/14/20
​6-8 p.m.
Up to five $1,000 awards and one $250 People’s Choice award. $5,250
    Up to two $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
    Total Little Bang! Awards Available $18,000

*UC Davis students only.

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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