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2019 Big Bang! Business Competition to Award More Than $100,000 in Prizes
Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony Held May 23

The five finalist teams in the 2019 UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition will pitch their ventures this Thursday, May 23, at an awards ceremony at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center. RSVP now to attend >

One hundred and five teams representing more than 300 aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the 19th annual competition. The contest provides workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities to accelerate commercialization and advance the startup process. It is open to UC Davis students, faculty, researchers and staff as well as to the public.


2019 Big Bang! Business Competition to Award More Than $100,000 in Prizes

This year’s competition will award more than $100,000 in prizes. The first prize award is $20,000 cash. The audience at Thursday’s event will vote to select the $7,500 People’s Choice Award winner. The five finalist teams are eligible for these two prizes.

Meet the finalist teams

  • BioMilitus of Davis, Calif.: The future of sustainable animal feeds
  • Humanly of Sacramento, Calif., and Seattle, Wash.: Job candidate screening and scheduling on auto-pilot
  • LiquidGoldConcept Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich.: Hands-on breastfeeding education for healthcare providers
  • RePurpose Energy of Sacramento, Calif.: Reusing electric vehicle batteries to store solar energy
  • Respira Labs of Mountain View, Calif.: Early prediction of COPD attacks

Additional prizes will be awarded to top concepts addressing innovations in food and agriculture, health, energy efficiency, engineering, clean energy technologies and economic development in California’s Central Valley. The competition’s 13 semifinalist teams are eligible for these prizes

The Big Bang! includes three Little Bang! Poster Competitions designed to help high school through doctoral students define their business idea and communicate it concisely through a poster. These entry-level contests support students who are first exploring entrepreneurship, and promote business ideas where university intellectual property is not a primary driver.

A networking reception begins at 5 p.m., with presentations and the awards ceremony from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are requested. RSVP here >

Competition sponsors

Endowment: Special thanks to Mike and Renee Child, Andrew Barkett, Gary D. Simon and CleanStart

Platinum level: BlueTech Valley Innovation Cluster, DLA Piper US LLP, Barry and Lynda Keller/Sacramento Regional Community Foundation

Gold level: CA State Assembly Bill 2664/UC Merced, Bayer Crop Science, Gowan Co. LLC and AGR Partners, HM.Clause, Lorin Johnson, Marrone Bio Innovations

Silver level: Bow Capital, EVCO Plastics, in memory of Don Evans, Five Star Bank, Steve Hill (The Hill Family), SMUD, WilmerHale, Brian and Dana Woodall

Bronze level: EY, Inventopia, Squire Patton Boggs, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, VSP

Other support: Dow International, UC Davis Office of Research, UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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