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Big Bang! Business Competition Rules and Tools

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.

Big Bang! launch


For competition details and specifics, please download:

Big Bang! Competition Overview and Guidelines

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: Sign up by 11:59 p.m. on December 11, 2019, for increased mentoring support through access to our UC Mentors platform.

Final deadline for team registration: February 21, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.

Competition Deliverables: Templates + Examples

Download the templates and examples below as needed.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

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.

Round 1 Early Registration Deadline (Optional): Register and submit team bios and draft executive summary by December 11, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. to receive preliminary feedback from expert reviewers. no later than February 12, 2020. Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate reviewer feedback into their submission before the Round 1 deadline (February 21, 2020). This preliminary part of Round 1 is nonelimination.

Round 1 Deadline: Register and submit team bios and draft executive summary by February 21, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. 

Teams that submitted Round 1 materials by the optional early deadline should update and resubmit 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.

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.

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