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Little Bang! Poster Competitions
November - February - May

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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

The Little Bang! is designed for currently enrolled students at the high school, community college, undergraduate or graduate level.

Poster Session 1 11.19.20
6–8 p.m.
Up to 20 $250 awards $5,000
    Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation Award

$500

    Up to two $250 Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Awards, presented by Blackstone LaunchPad $500

 

 

One People’s Choice Award, presented by Blackstone Launchpad $250
Poster Session 2 02.11.21
6–8 p.m.
Up to 10 $500 awards $5,000
    $500 Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation Award

$500

    Up two $500 Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Awards, presented by Blackstone LaunchPad $1,000

 

 

People’s Choice Award, presented by Blackstone Launchpad $500
Poster Session 3 05.13.21
6–8 p.m.
Up to five $1,000 awards $5,000
    Venture Well / TEAM BioInnovation Award

$500

    Up to two $1,000 Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Awards, presented by Blackstone LaunchPad and UC Davis Global Affairs $2,000

 

 

People’s Choice Award, presented by Blackstone LaunchPad $1,000

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 one 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.

Students may register for an upcoming session regardless of their participation in a previous session. We welcome new participants 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.) We encourage students 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.

Any business idea that won a Little Bang! award in a past academic year is not eligible to compete. For complete guidelines, rules and regulations for participation in each session, please refer to the posted guidelines for each session.

SESSION 1 – Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 6–8 p.m.

In Session 1, no formal, timed pitch is required. Contestant posters will be shared publicly on our website. On the night of the competition, participants will introduce their posters via Zoom to spectators and other competing teams and will be available for questions and comments. We will assign each team to a breakout room to interact with spectators and other teams.

Refer to guidelines for complete details on market research, preparation, formatting and judging criteria for your poster submission. 

Interested participants must register and submit PDF of poster no later than Thursday, November 12, at noon.

Session 1 awardees agree to:

  1. Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) blog that  establishes milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 1.
  2. Complete an awardee payout form.
  3. Participate in Session 2 of the Little Bang! Poster Competition on February 11, 2021.

SESSION 2 – Thursday, February 11, 2021 |  6–8 p.m.

Please check back for details and guidelines for Session 2. 

Session 2 awardees agree to:

  1. Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) blog that establishes milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 2.
  2. Participate in Little Bang! Session 3.
  3. Participate in Session 3 of the Little Bang! Poster Competition on May 13, 2021

SESSION 3 – Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 6–8 p.m.

Please check back for details and guidelines for Session 3. 

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

Fall Quarter Office Hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2–3 p.m. or by appointment
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