Entrepreneurship News and Events
2016 Big Bang! Business Competition: Finalists Vie for $50,000 in Prizes
Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony — May 26
The five finalist teams in the 2016 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition will pitch their ventures this Thursday, May 26, at an awards ceremony at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center.
Forty-two teams representing 120 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 16th annual competition. The contest provides workshops, mentorship, financing guidance and networking opportunities to accelerate commercialization and advance the startup process, and is open to students, faculty, researchers and staff.
Last night I had the privilege of sharing a meal with a special guest of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kat Taylor. Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, are renowned philanthropists and social justice activists in California. In addition to founding the hugely successful venture capital firm Farallon Capital, they are avid entrepreneurs and funders of numerous socially motivated endeavors. Examples include the California Beneficial State Bank, One PacificCoast Bank, TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford.
Scrumpt, our most recent Big Bang! Business Competition winner, is among USA Today’s 10 best new business ideas from university entrepreneurs. Scrumpt offers low-cost, healthy lunches and snacks delivered to families of elementary school children.
Monday, April 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
The UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the World Food Center invite you to join a networking mixer and keynote presentation with Kat Taylor, founding director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and co-founder/co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.
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UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces Syngas Challenge Prize
The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship announces the new Syngas Challenge prize, sponsored by Davis–based Sierra Energy, as part of the 2015–16 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.
The Syngas Challenge will award a total of $10,000 for first and a second place prizes to the competition teams with the most innovative applications focused on syngas (or synthesis gas) uses and end-products.