The annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for innovators across California to collaborate, develop and test business ideas—and compete for cash prizes. 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.
REGISTER TO COMPETE IN THE BIG BANG!
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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.
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 (optional) ~ Deadline 1: Sign up no later than December 15, 2020, by noon to 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 (optional) ~ Deadline 2: Sign up no later than January 21, 2021, by noon to 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 no later than February 23, 2021, by noon.
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 10, 2021
- Teams notified of results: March 15, 2021
- Top 50 teams advance to Round 2
Round 2: Semifinals
Deliverables due: April 1, 2021, by noon
- 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 5–April 19, 2021
- Teams notified of Round 2 results: April 23, 2021
- Top 16 teams advance to Round 3
Round 3: Finals
Dry Run Presentation (optional): April 29-30, 2021
Deliverables due: May 13, 2021, 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 14, 2021
Semifinalists present their pitches to a panel of external judges.