UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition
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Big Bang! Business Competition
Collaborate, Develop and Test Your Business Concept

Our annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for UC Davis and the broader community to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. The Big Bang! offers resources for team building, education, mentorship and networking for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

What is the Big Bang! Business Competition?

Big Bang! Business Competition

The Big Bang! provides a rich immersion for students, faculty, researchers and community members interested in starting or growing a business venture. In addition to the competition, the Big  Bang! offers a comprehensive series of workshops for building entrepreneurial skills. Big Bang! runs October through May—get involved and start developing your venture or idea. The competition is generously sponsored by local corporations and the investment community.

The Big Bang! Business Competition and all workshops are free and open to everyone who wants to start and grow a business. Workshops are live-streamed and available on demand.

What is the Big Bang! Business Competition?

Little Bang! Poster Competition

New this year is the Little Bang! Poster Competitiona series of three poster sessions, each offering microgrants to currently enrolled UC Davis students to advance their entrepreneurial ideas.

participaTE in the Big Bang! and learn how to:

  • Define your problem and solution
  • Develop an elevator pitch
  • Define your product or service
  • Evaluate the potential market
  • Develop a business model
  • Create a pitch presentation
  • Write a business summary

“It’s amazing to see how far our teams can go,” says Professor Andrew Hargadon, founder and faculty director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “In October, many of their ideas are just that: ideas. By May, with a ton of hard work, support and mentorship, many of these ideas are ready for prime-time as companies, licensed technologies or nonprofits.”

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