Program Detail

Big Bang! Business Competition Prizes

Big Bang! Awards

This year, the Big Bang! Business Competition and Little Bang! Poster Competition will award more than $100,000 in prize money. Winners are selected in a closed-door session prior to the awards ceremony and announced at the final awards ceremony on May 24, 2018. The audience selects the People’s Choice Award winner at the awards ceremony.

First Place   Top innovation across all categories. $10,000
Second Place Barry and Lynda Keller Second best innovation across all categories. $5,000
People’s Choice Award WilmerHale Audience favorite, selected by vote during final awards ceremony. $2,500


Food + Agriculture Sector Award AGR PartnersGowan Co. + HM.CLAUSE For innovations in food and agriculture $12,000
Health Sector Award Bayer Crop Science For innovations in health $10,000
Energy Sector Award Sierra Energy + IN2 For innovations in energy efficiency $10,000
Smallholder Ag Innovation Award UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences + UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, a part of Global Affairs For innovations designed to improve quality of life for small-scale farmers in developing countries $8,000
Poverty Alleviation Award UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies, a part of Global Affairs For innovations contributing to poverty alleviation $5,000
Central Valley Innovation Award UC Merced Venture Lab through
Assembly Bill 2664
For innovations supporting economic development in the Central Valley $5,000
UC Davis Health Award UC Davis School of Medicine + UC Davis Office of Research + UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine For UC Davis student team innovations in health $3,000
Food, Ag & Health Innovation Award UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health For innovations in food, ag and health $3,000
Clean Tech Award CleanStart + Gary Simon For innovation in clean energy technologies $2,500

Little Bang! Awards

The Little Bang! Poster Competition series offers three rounds of competition awarding up to a combined total of $30,000 in available prize money. Prize money increases as the series progresses.

Designed to help currently enrolled UC Davis students define their business idea and communicate it concisely using a poster, this competition is meant to support students on their entrepreneurial journey and promote business ideas where university intellectual property is not a primary driver.

Poster Session 1 12/7/17 Up to twenty (20) $500 micro grants available to UC Davis students. $10,000
Poster Session 2 1/24/18 Up to ten (10) $1,000 micro grants available to UC Davis students. $10,000
Poster Session 3 5/24/18 Up to four (4) $2,500 micro grants available to UC Davis students. $10,000

Program funding for Little Bang! is provided by the State of California through Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion.