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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.

Our final Little Bang! competition for 2018/19 will take place on May 21. Please see details below and click here to register >
Poster Session 1 12/4/18
6-8 p.m.
Total of ten (10) $250 awards disbursed. $2,500
    Two (2) $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation awards* disbursed (UC Davis students only). $1,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/19
​6-8 p.m.
Up to fifteen (15) $500 awards available. $7,500
    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. 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 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 (see guidelines) by Thursday, January 17 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 Tuesday, January 22 at 5 p.m. Note that you will be entering a poster where indicated. Click here to register >

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 – 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. Click here to register >

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 assist students in preparing their Little Bang! poster. Ambassadors and past winners are available to meet with individuals or teams to answer questions, offer feedback and advise students.

Winter Quarter 2019

Office hours located in 2416 Gallagher Hall. No appointment or RSVP necessary.

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

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

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