Program Detail

Big Bang! Business Competition Prizes

Big Bang! Awards

First Place: $10,000 cash

The first place winner receives $10,000 cash. The winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the first place cash award funding.

Second Place: $5,000 cash

The first place winner receives $5,000 cash. The winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the second place cash award funding.

People’s Choice Award: $2,500

The People’s Choice Award winner receives $2,500 cash. This award is announced at the awards ceremony after audience members cast their ballots for their favorite pitch and business idea. Support from our generous sponsors provides the People’s Choice Award funding.

Sponsored Awards

We will update information about these awards as sponsorships are confirmed for the 2017/18 Big Bang! competition.

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. Designed to help 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. Prize money increases as the series progresses.

Session 1

Up to twenty (20) $500 microgrants available.

Session 2

Up to ten (10) $1,000 microgrants available.

Session 3

Information forthcoming.

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