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

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Little Bang! Poster Competitions are designed to 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

This series of three poster sessions is intended to support currently enrolled students (at any level, from any school) to promote business ideas on their entrepreneurial journey.

Poster Session 1 11/13/18
6-8 p.m.
Up to twenty (20) $250 micro grants available. $5,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to ten (10) $500 micro grants available. $5,000
Poster Session 3 5/21/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to five (5) $1,000 micro grants available. $5,000

Participants do not need to have entered any one poster session to be eligible for consideration in a subsequent poster session. All 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.

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

Submission / Participation Guidelines

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

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

SESSION 1 – Thursday, November 13, 2018, 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 Tuesday, November 6 at 12 p.m. will be printed free of charge.

Interested participants must RSVP to register no later than Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m. Note that you will be entering a poster where indicated.

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 24, 2019, 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 Thursday, January 17 at 12 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, January 21 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.

SESSION 3 – Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 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 Tuesday, May 14 at 12 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 Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Note that you will be entering a poster where indicated.

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 will hold regular office hours to assist students in preparing their Little Bang! poster. Ambassadors are available to meet with individuals or teams to answer questions, offer feedback and advise students.

Weekly Office Hours

No appointment or RSVP necessary.

Beginning in Fall Quarter
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
2416 Gallagher Hall

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