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Program Detail

Big Bang! Workshops & Events

These workshops and events offer great opportunities to network as you learn how to move your idea towards a viable business and/or to effectively compete in the Big Bang! Business Competition.

Workshops are presented by leading business and investment community members and include the opportunity to ask questions and engage in hands-on activities. All workshops and events are free and open to the public. 

Printable PDF: 2017/18 Big Bang! Events + Competition Deadlines

October 2017

Tuesday, October 24: Big Bang! Kickoff
5:30-8:30 p.m.
UC Davis Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall
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Join us for the Big Bang! Kickoff. This is the first formal Big Bang! networking event of the year, providing you the opportunity to meet with other members of the Big Bang! community and to begin to share ideas and formulate teams.

November 2017

Wednesday, November 1: Starting Something That Matters + Contestant Mixer
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, Gallagher Hall Grand Foyer

This workshop introduces the most important skill any innovator or entrepreneur needs: the ability to build a network around their ideas. Following that will be a presentation on crafting your elevator pitch and a chance to find team members or join a team.

Wednesday, November 8: Making the Leap—Moving from Idea to Business
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

Moving your potential business idea from concept to reality requires planning, cheap tools and a strong network. Develop a foundation for thinking about how to move your idea forward and the tools to do so effectively.

Wednesday, November 15: Defining the Problem and Solution
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

A key element in developing a viable business is clearly articulating the problem you are solving and your proposed solution. In this workshop, develop your initial key elements to define your business: the problem, solution, and value proposition.

December 2017

Wednesday, December 6: Write to Win—Developing Your Executive Summary
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

In this workshop, you will learn how to define your business in a concise and well-written executive summary.

January 2018

Wednesday, January 17: Define and Validate Your Business Model
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

A new venture’s business model defines how the new venture brings together the technology, market, and business opportunities available to it, as well as how the business plans to make money (and how much). This workshop covers basic business models and provides hands-on instruction on how to evaluate the best model for your business.

Wednesday, January 24: Poster Competition + Contestant Mixer
5:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, Gallagher Hall Grand Foyer

Join us—as either a participant or attendee—to preview the latest innovations at this pitch and poster competition. Present a poster and 90-second pitch to our panel of independent judges for a chance to win prize money! Details forthcoming.

Wednesday, January 31: Define Your Customer and the Market + Customer Calls
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

Understanding the needs of your customer is one of the most important first steps in any new venture. Learn to identify your market segment and customers, and evaluate whether (and how much) those customers value your product, service or business solution. This session will help you develop questions to ask a potential customer in order to better validate your market, competitors and customers. You will be able to observe a real-time customer call in action.

Wednesday, February 7: Show Me the Money: Seeking Funding + Presenting Financials
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

Learn about different methods of funding for your business idea. Private investors? Venture capitalists? Crowdfunding? Pre-sales? Corporate sponsors? Bank loans? Factoring? Grant funding? Friends and family? Learn what works best for various endeavors and the pros and cons of each. What do potential investors want to see? Learn to forecast and present your financials in a way that effectively demonstrates your understanding of the market and the value of your venture.

February 2018

Thursday, February 15: Idea to Reality: Business Boot Camp
4:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, Gallagher Hall Grand Foyer

Attend the boot camp to get the inside scoop of making the leap from idea to business, validating a problem and solution, and identifying a market and customer. Leave the workshop with a tool set and clear perspective on how to build an effective, appropriate and viable plan and strategy to business.

Wednesday, February 28: Developing Your Startup Slide Deck
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

Learn how to create compelling slides to convey your idea. The pitch presentation can be used when pitching your company idea to potential team members, investors and stakeholders. The workshop will teach participants how to effectively develop their business plan/slide deck.

March 2018

Wednesday, March 7: Pitching like a Pro—Presenting Your Startup Slide Deck + Past BB! Winners Pitch
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, 2310 Gallagher Hall

Come learn how to pitch your idea in a more compelling way. Whether starting a business, building a nonprofit, or presenting a new idea to your boss, this workshop will provide you with a set of tools to effectively pitch like a pro. Let past Big Bang! winners show you how it is done by presenting their startup. This is a great opportunity for participants to watch a live pitch presentation and ask questions.

April 2018

Wednesday, April 11: Intellectual Property
6:00-8:00 p.m.
UC Davis, Gallagher Hall (Room TBD)

Intellectual Property (IP) may be the first tangible asset you have to give value to a new venture. Whether you plan to develop a business around your research or license your technology, you will need to decide how and when to protect your intellectual property.

May 2018

Thursday, May 24: Poster Competition
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

Join us—as either a participant or attendee—to preview the latest innovations at this pitch and poster competition. Present a poster and 90-second pitch to our panel of independent judges for a chance to win prize money! Details forthcoming.

Thursday, May 24: Big Bang! Final Presentations + Awards Ceremony
Networking Mixer 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Program 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

The top five Big Bang! finalists will present their presentations at the final awards ceremony. Winners will be announced in all categories. Audience members will vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.