Entrepreneurship News and Events
Institute Names Joe DiNunzio as Interim Executive Director
Seasoned executive takes helm of Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Joe DiNunzio, a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership, has joined the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as interim executive director, effective July 1, 2018. He will lead the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its network of partners, donors and sponsors.
Innovations in Parking, ‘Digital Medicines’, Nutritious Snacks Top 2018 Big Bang!
Promising startups showcased in annual UC Davis business competition
Two UC Davis undergraduates won the $10,000 first prize in the 18th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Their venture, Japa Inc., takes the pain out of finding parking with a mobile app that employs smart data and advanced analytics to provide drivers with real-time parking availability. The award recognizes the top innovation coming out of this year’s competition.
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.