The UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition is an educational experience for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. Big Bang! launches in October and ends with finalist presentations and an awards ceremony in May.
Big Bang! workshops offer teams the opportunity to develop and hone their business concept. Participating in workshops is not required but is encouraged.
The Big Bang! is open to everyone, and our livestream/on-demand workshops encourage and make distance participation possible. Please note that all semifinalist teams must attend the final judging and awards ceremony in person at UC Davis.
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All Big Bang! teams must register and submit deliverables through the YouNoodle platform by the appropriate deadlines. We cannot accept emailed submissions.
Early team registration ~ Deadline 1: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 11, 2019, and receive five mentoring sessions through our UC Mentors platform, as well as feedback on your executive summary (following the January 24 deadline).
Early team registration ~ Deadline 2: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 24, 2020, and receive feedback on your executive summary.
Final deadline for team registration: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. PST on February 21, 2020.
Competition Deliverables: Templates + Examples
Download the templates and examples below as needed.
Round 1: Executive Summary / Team Member Biographies
Submit a two-page executive summary and a maximum one-page team member biography (for each team member) via YouNoodle.
Register and submit the deliverables at one of two optional early registration deadlines to receive additional support (see directly below).
Early team registration ~ Deadline 1: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 11, 2019, and receive five mentoring sessions through our UC Mentors platform, as well as feedback on your executive summary. This preliminary part of Round 1 is nonelimination.
Early team registration ~ Deadline 2: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. PST on January 24, 2020, and receive feedback on your executive summary. This preliminary part of Round 1 is nonelimination.
Round 1 Final Deadline: Register and submit team bios and draft executive summary by February 21, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
Teams that submitted Round 1 deliverables by one of the optional early deadlines should update and resubmit their materials, incorporating reviewer feedback.
We will not accept submissions received after the deadline. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.
- External judging: February 24-March 8, 2020
- Teams notified of results: March 11, 2020
- Top 50 teams advance to Round 2
Round 2: Semifinals
Deliverables due: April 3, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
- Two-minute video pitch |
- Draft pitch deck (5–10 slides + 5 optional appendix slides) |
- Summary report of 20 customer call interviews (maximum five pages) | | |
Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.
- External judging: April 4–April 20, 2020
- Teams notified of Round 2 results: April 24, 2020
- Top 15 teams advance to Round 3
Round 3: Finals
Dry Run Presentation (optional): May 1, 2020
Deliverables due: May 13, 2020, by noon
- Final pitch deck + additional 10 customer call summary (maximum three-page summary)
Semifinalists will pitch their presentations to two to three panels of external business and investment executives for feedback in preparation for the final pitch presentations.
Final Pitch Presentation + Judging: May 15, 2020
Semifinalists present their pitches to a panel of external judges.
- Five finalists who will present at the final awards ceremony are notified on May 15, 2020.
Big Bang! Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Networking 5–6 p.m. | Program 6–8 p.m.
UC Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center
The top five Big Bang! teams will give five-minute presentations, and the other semifinalist teams will give one-minute presentations. We will announce competition winners in all prize categories. Following the final presentations, the audience will select the People’s Choice Award Winner. The Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony celebrates the Big Bang! and all participants and is open to the public.