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|
Information updated as sponsorships are confirmed.
|Food + Agriculture Sector Award||AGR Partners + Gowan Co.||For innovations in food and agriculture||$10,000|
|Health Sector Award||Bayer Crop Science||For innovations in health||$10,000|
|Energy Sector Award||Sierra Energy +
UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
|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||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||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 Health + UC Davis Office of Research + UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine||For UC Davis student team innovations in health||$3,000|
|Clean Tech Award||CleanStart + Gary Simon||For innovation in clean energy technologies||$2,500|
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.