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Little Bang! Poster Competitions
December - January - May / Gallagher Hall Grand Foyer

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The Little Bang! Poster Competitions help students define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster. This is an entry-level competition; no business experience is necessary. 

Little Bang! Poster Competition

Designed to help currently enrolled students at all levels to define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster, this competition is meant to support students early on their entrepreneurial journey.

Poster Session 1 11/21/19
6-8 p.m.
Nine (9) winners of $250 awards. $2,250
    Two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award winners. $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/23/20
​6-8 p.m.
Nine (9) winners of $500 awards. $4,500
    One (1) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation award. $500
Poster Session 3 5/14/20
​6-8 p.m.
Up to eight (8) $1,000 awards and one (1) $250 People’s Choice award available. $8,250
    Up to three (3) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,500
    Total Little Bang! Awards Available $18,000

Program funding for Little Bang! is provided through a generous gift from Barry and Lynda Keller and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

* VentureWell/TEAM BioInnovation Awards

Up to two bioinnovation awards of $500 at each will be available to award to UC Davis students during each poster session. Bioinnovation includes work rooted in the engineering of, for, and/or with biology. This award recognizes and encourages teams whose technologies are focused and rooted in bioinnovation and that may benefit from the opportunity to work and prototype in the TEAM Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation and/or electro-mechanical prototyping labs.

Participation/Submission Guidelines

Participants must be currently enrolled students at the high school, undergraduate or graduate level.

Participants may register for an upcoming session regardless of their participation in a previous session. In other words, new participants are welcome to join Little Bang! at any point. For example, it is not necessary to compete in Sessions 1 and 2 to compete in Session 3. Students are encouraged to take advantage of information and assistance provided in Big Bang! workshops and office hours (see below).

Students not selected for an award in any one session may refine their posters and/or submit new ideas for consideration in subsequent sessions. Award size increases as the series progresses. Learn more about Little Bang! prizes.

For complete guidelines, rules and regulations for participation in each session, please refer to the posted guidelines for each session.

SESSION 1 – Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

In Session 1, no verbal pitch is required. Participants will stand next to their poster to answer questions from judges and attendees. These interactions provide valuable feedback for future development of their poster and idea.

Refer to guidelines for complete details on market research, preparation, formatting and judging criteria for your poster submission. Posters submitted by Monday, November 13 at 5 p.m. printed free of charge.

Session 1 awardees agree to:

  1. Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) plan establishing milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 1.
  2. Participate in Little Bang! Session 2.

SESSION 2 – Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

In Session 2, a 90-second pitch is required. During speed rotation rounds, participants will stand next to their poster and practice their pitch in front of attendees. These interactions provide valuable feedback for future development of their pitch, poster and idea. Once speed rounds conclude, participants will present in front of the entire group.

Refer to guidelines for complete details on market research, preparation, formatting and judging criteria for your poster submission. Posters submitted by Monday, January 13 at 5 p.m. will be printed free of charge.

Interested participants must register and submit PDFs of poster and customer call summary document no later than Monday, January 13 at 5 p.m. Note that you will be entering a poster where indicated. 

Session 2 awardees agree to:

  1. Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) plan establishing milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 2.
  2. Participate in Little Bang! Session 3.

Click here to attend the Little Bang! Session 2 as a spectator (not a registered participant).

SESSION 3 – Thursday, May 14, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

In Session 3, participants are asked to prepare a poster, 90-second pitch and customer call summary document. During networking, participants will stand next to their poster and practice their pitch in front of attendees. Once the networking portion of the evening concludes, participants will present in front of the group.

Refer to guidelines for complete details on poster preparation, formatting and judging criteria for your poster submission.  Posters submitted by Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m. will be printed free of charge.

Interested participants must RSVP to register and submit PDFs of poster and customer call summary document no later than Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m.

Session 3 awardees agree to write a one-page (minimum 500-word) plan establishing milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 3.

Office Hours

The institute’s student ambassadors and past competition winners hold regular office hours to help individuals and teams prepare their Little Bang! poster. Stop by for feedback, answers and advice. No appointment is necessary.

Fall Quarter 2020

Tuesdays  |  1:30-3 p.m.   |  Gallagher Hall Room 2417
Thursdays  |  1:30-3 p.m.  |  Gallagher Hall, Room 2416

READ JULIE XU’s blog about her Little Bang! experience

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