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Entrepreneurs Have Until Feb. 14 To Register For UC Davis Big Bang! Competition

(Davis, CA) – Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to collaborate, develop and test their business ideas in the annual UC Davis business plan competition. The registration deadline is Feb. 14.

The14th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition offers workshops, mentorship, financing and networking to advance the startup process. The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is part of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, sponsors the competition.

New businesses are developed and pitched by interdisciplinary teams that draw on their members’ diverse technical and business experience. Teams must have at least one UC Davis member or an approved affiliate member. Solo aspiring entrepreneurs may partner with a UC Davis affiliate as part of a team.

“We’ve helped many entrepreneurs make critical connections that launched their ventures and their careers,” said Cleveland Justis, executive director of the institute. Each year, the competition brings together teams of students, university researchers and faculty with mentors from the region’s business community. The Big Bang! has produced many teams that have become successful start-ups since its founding in 2000.

Topics for upcoming workshops and events include intellectual property and incorporation, writing a successful business summary and how to pitch a venture. The competition culminates at an awards ceremony on May 22.

Local corporations and financiers sponsoring this year’s event include Gold-level sponsors Andrew Barkett and DLA Piper; Silver sponsors Akers Capital, LLC, Moss Adams, LLP and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; and Bronze sponsors CVF Capital Partners and Lamplighter Financial. StickerGiant is providing in-kind support.

“The ideas, energy and entrepreneurs coming out of Big Bang! have been critical to the development and growth of the greater Sacramento business ecosystem,” said David Richardson of DLA Piper. “The competition is a gem for any entrepreneur who yearns to take his or her dream out of the lab and into the real world.”

More details about the competition are available at:

About the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves as the nexus for entrepreneurship education and research—and as a springboard for entrepreneurial initiatives—on the UC Davis campus. The institute brings science, engineering and business students and faculty together with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders in a highly collaborative environment that blends effective theory with hands-on participation and solution-driven innovation.

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. The school’s faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and pioneering research in advancing management thinking and best practices. With prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs, the school provides a bold, innovative approach to management education for full-time MBA students and Master of Professional Accountancy students at the UC Davis campus, and part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Media contacts:

  •  Sandy Louey, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, (530) 219-7762,