Congratulations, 2020 Big Bang! Finalists
From a field of 113, it's down to a sweet 16
Congratulations to the 16 finalist teams in the 20th annual Big Bang! Business Competition. 113 teams—representing 315 aspiring entrepreneurs—entered this year’s competition, the greatest number in Big Bang! history. The Big Bang! is open to the public and drew teams from across UC Davis, as well as from the Sacramento region and throughout California, the U.S. and the world.
Our 20th annual Big Bang! will award $100,000 in prize money.
Join us at 6 p.m. on May 20 as we take our awards show online via Facebook Live. Register here for a reminder the day of the event—and the chance to view pitch videos from the finalist teams and cast your vote for the $10,000 People’s Choice Award. (48-hour voting begins May 18 at noon.)
Two teams—noted with an asterisk following their team name—also participated in the Little Bang! Poster Competitions held in November 2019 and January of this year, applying what they learned in this entry-level event to progress in the Big Bang!
Azuza Beverage | Pomona, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: Technology removes alcohol from
microbrews preserving flavor.
Team Lead: Bryan Giberson | M.S., Chemistry, Cal Poly Pomona
EdgeSense | Baltimore, Md.
Mini-Pitch: Marker to improve
post-operative breast cancer care.
Team Lead: Pascal Acree | B.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Pitch: Driving gene delivery from
pipette to patient.
Team Lead: Siddharth Arun | B.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Ithemba LLC | Baltimore, Md.
Mini-Pitch: Breast cancer diagnostic device
for low-resource settings.
Team Lead: Sophia Triantis | B.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Pitch: Personalizing cardiac recovery
with healthcare experts.
Team Lead: Yong Choi | Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing | UC Davis Keller Pathway Fellow
Mini-Pitch: Continuous endotracheal tube
monitoring in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Team Lead: Claire State| B.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Mlezi Health | Sacramento, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: An automated personalized
concierge service that delivers goods and services to seniors in
Team Lead: Kwamane Liddell | Director of Business Operations, Dignity Health | JD, MHA, BSN
NAICHA* | Sacramento, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: Creating a healthy boba milk
Team Lead: Wesley Lin | Founder, NAICHA |B.S., Economics 2019, UC Davis
Nebula Care | San Francisco, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: Culturally sensitive mental
Team Lead: Jae Zhong | Founder, Nebula Care | B.S., Psychology, 2018, UC Davis
Nytch Inc. | Woodland, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: Connecting online shoppers to
Team Lead: Grant Lea|Co-Founder, Nytch Inc.
Pacific Fleet Charging LLC | Sacramento, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: We help electrify your fleet.
Team Lead: William Brieger | Co-Founder, Pacific Fleet Charging LLC | Alumnus, UC Davis School of Law
Pediafeed | Baltimore, Md.
Mini-Pitch: Revolutionizing pediatric
feeding for happier, healthier lives.
Team Lead: Kathy Hu | Co-Founder and CEO, Pediafeed | B.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University | Alumna, Davis Senior High School
PHIXED SYSTEMS* | Pleasanton, Calif.
Mini-Pitch: Advanced analytics platform
technology for biomanufacturing.
Team Lead: Lisa Illes | Founder, PHIXED SYSTEMS | B.S. Student, Biological Systems Engineering, UC Davis
Mini-Pitch: Rapid diagnostic for ischemic
Team Lead: Teri Slack | MBA Student, UC Davis Graduate School of Management | Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, UC Davis
The New Norm | Baltimore, Md.
Mini-Pitch: We transform Solo cups into
Team Lead: Lauren Choi | Founder, The New Norm | B.S. Student, Material Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Mini-Pitch: Real-estate SaaS building
future of budget travel.
Team Lead: Michael Vilardo | MBA Student, UCLA