Entrepreneurship News and Events
2018 Big Bang! Business Competition to Award More Than $100,000 in Prizes
Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony Held May 24
The five finalist teams in the 2018 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition will pitch their ventures this Thursday, May 24, at an awards ceremony at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center.
Sixty-two teams representing more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 18th annual competition. The contest provides workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities to accelerate commercialization and advance the startup process. It is open to UC Davis students, faculty, researchers and staff as well as to the public.
WHAT IS THE BIG BANG?
We are happy to announce our 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition semifinalists. These 15 teams have been selected from the 62 teams—representing more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs—that participated in this year’s contest. They will compete in the semifinals May 16.
WHAT IS THE BIG BANG! BUSINESS COMPETITION?
“I have started to change my view of what I am capable of—not only in terms of how my scientific skills are transferable to different industries, but also in simply thinking, ‘If I felt like it was the right path, I think I could be an entrepreneur.’ This fundamentally alters how I view my professional future and my options outside of academia.”
—Grace Ha, Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Ecology
Little Bang! Poster Competition Launches Students’ Entrepreneurial Journeys
18 teams receive $500 microgrants in first of three competitions
Thirty teams of UC Davis students from across the academic spectrum tested out their business ideas on December 7, 2017, in the first of three Little Bang! Poster Competitions.
The UC Davis Big Bang! is an annual business competition that calls on students and the public to bring their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to the bustling college town of Davis, Calif. Participants gain access to valuable resources, seasoned entrepreneurial mentors—and the chance to win big. This year, the prize money is upwards of $90,000 and growing.
Biomedical, Food/Ag and Social Enterprise Innovations Make a Big Bang!
Promising startups showcase ventures in UC Davis business competition
Medical device startup Raydiant Oximetry Inc., maker of a fetal pulse oximeter that keeps mothers and babies safe during childbirth, won the $10,000 first prize in the 17th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition on Thursday, May 25.