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Overview

Big Bang! Rules and Tools

Participating in the Big Bang! is an educational experience that begins in October and ends in May.

Teams have the opportunity to attend Big Bang! workshops to develop and hone their business concept. Workshops are not required but encouraged.

REGISTER TO COMPETE IN THE BIG BANG!

For competition details and specifics, please download: 
2018/19 Big Bang! Competition Overview and Guidelines

All Big Bang! teams must register and submit deliverables through the YouNoodle platform by the appropriate deadlines.

Early deadline to register for the Big Bang! is 11:59 p.m, December 7. Register now and receive five UC Mentor Network sessions. 

Final deadline for team registration (Round 1 deadline): 11:59 p.m., February 21.

Register for the Big Bang! Business Competition >

We cannot accept emailed submissions.

Competition Deliverables: Templates + Examples

Download the templates and examples below as needed.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Team Registration

We use the online YouNoodle platform for all competition submissions and judging.

  • Early team registration is open. Sign up by 11:59 p.m. on December 7 for increased mentoring support through access to our UC Mentors platform.
  • Final deadline for team registration (Round 1 deadline): February 21, 2019, by 11:59 p.m.

Register for the Big Bang! Business Competition >

Round 1: Executive Summary / Team Member Biographies

Submit a two-page Executive Summary and a one-page Team Member Biography (for each team member) to YouNoodle.

Round 1 materials submitted by the optional Round 1 Early Deadline (January 25) will receive constructive feedback from expert reviewers in our network no later than February 19. Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate reviewer feedback into their submission before the Round 1 deadline (February 21). This preliminary part of Round 1 is non-elimination.

Round 1 Early Deadline (Optional): Register and submit team bios and draft Executive Summary by January 25, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. to receive preliminary feedback from expert reviewers.

Round 1 Deadline: Register and submit team bios and draft Executive Summary by February 21, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Those teams who submitted Round 1 materials by the early deadline should update and resubmit materials, incorporating reviewer feedback as appropriate.

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: February 25–March 11, 2019
  • Teams notified of results: March 15, 2019

Round 2:  Semi-Finals

Deliverables due: April 15, 2019 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 16–April 30, 2019
  • Teams notified of Round 2 results: May 2, 2019

Round 3:  Finals

“Dry Run” Presentation: May 8, 2019
Deliverables due: May 16, 2019 by 12:00 p.m.

  • Revised Pitch Deck (~10 slides + 5 optional appendix slides)
  • Summary report of additional 10 customer call interviews (maximum 3 pages)

Selected finalists will rotate between conference rooms to pitch their presentations to 2-3 different panels of external business and investment executives for feedback in preparation for the final pitch presentations.

Final Pitch Presentation + Judging:  May 17, 2019

Selected finalists present their pitches to a panel of external judges. Five finalists will be selected to present at the final awards ceremony.

Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Networking 5-6 p.m. | Program 6-8 p.m.
UC Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

The top five Big Bang! teams will present at the awards ceremony, which is open to the public. Winners will be announced in all categories. Following the final presentations, the audience will select the People’s Choice Award Winner.

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