Program Detail

Big Bang! Rules & Tools

Participating in the Big Bang! is an educational experience that begins in October and ends in May.

Teams have the opportunity to attend Big Bang! workshops to develop and hone their business concept. Workshops are not required but encouraged.

Get Involved

For competition details and specifics, please download:

All teams must register and submit deliverables through the YouNoodle platform by the appropriate deadlines. Team registration on the YouNoodle platform opens on December 1. We cannot accept emailed submissions.

Competition Deliverables: Templates + Examples

Download the templates and examples below as needed.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Team Registration

The online YouNoodle  platform will be used for all competition submissions and judging.

  • Early team registration opens on December 1, 2017. Sign up by 11:59 p.m. on December 1 for the potential for increased mentoring support. Institute staff will seek a mentor to match with each idea submitted by December 1.
  • Early registration for feedback on executive summary (optional Round 1 early deadline): January 24, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Final deadline for team registration (Round 1 deadline): February 21, 2018, by 11:59 p.m.

Round 1: Executive Summary / Team Member Biographies

Submit a two-page Executive Summary and a one-page Team Member Biography (for each team member) to YouNoodle.

Round 1 materials submitted by the optional Round 1 Early Deadline (January 24) will receive from constructive feedback from by expert reviewers in our network no later than February 10. Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate reviewer feedback into their submission before the Round 1 deadline (February 21). This preliminary part of Round 1 is non-elimination.

Round 1 Early Deadline (Optional): Register and submit team bios and draft Executive Summary by January 24, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. to receive preliminary feedback from expert reviewers.

Round 1 Deadline: Register and submit team bios and draft Executive Summary by February 21, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. Those teams who submitted Round 1 materials by the early deadline should update and resubmit materials, incorporating reviewer feedback as appropriate.

Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.

  • External judging: February 22–March 15, 2018
  • Teams notified of results: March 16, 2018

Round 2:  Semi-Finals

Deliverables due: April 18, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

  • Two-minute video pitch
  • Draft Pitch Deck (5–10 slides + 5 optional appendix slides)
  • Summary report of 20 customer call interviews (maximum 5 pages).

Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.

  • External judging: April 19–April 27, 2018
  • Teams notified of Round 2 results: April 28, 2018

Round 3:  Finals

“Dry Run” Presentation: May 9, 2018
Deliverables due: May 16, 2018

  • Revised Pitch Deck (~10 slides + 5 optional appendix slides)
  • Summary report of additional 10 customer call interviews (maximum 3 pages)

Selected finalists will rotate between conference rooms to pitch their presentations to 2-3 different panels of external business and investment executives for feedback in preparation for the final pitch presentations.

Final Pitch Presentation + Judging:  May 18, 2018

Selected finalists present their pitches to a panel of external judges. Five finalists will be selected to present at the final awards ceremony.

Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Networking 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Program 6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

The top five Big Bang! teams will present at the awards ceremony, which is open to the public. Winners will be announced in all categories. Following the final presentations, the audience will select the People’s Choice Award Winner.