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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 12/4/18
6-8 p.m.
Up to twenty (20) $250 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to ten (10) $500 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
Poster Session 3 5/21/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to five (5) $1,000 awards available. $5,000
    Up to two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* available (UC Davis students only). $1,000
    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 awarded 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 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.

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

SESSION 1 – Tuesday, December 4, 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 (see guidelines) by Monday, November 5 at 5 p.m. will be printed free of charge.

Interested participants must register no later than Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m. Spectators RSVP here to secure a pre-printed name tag.

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 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 with Our Student Ambassadors

The institute’s student ambassadors 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.

Fall Quarter 2018
Thursdays, 2 – 3 p.m.
2416 Gallagher Hall
No appointment or RSVP necessary.

Or by appointment. Contact Francesca D’Cruz to schedule.

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