Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Unlocking the Value of Our Alumni Community
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Unlocking the Value of Our Alumni Community

Our new Director of Alumni Relations and Network Strategy Christopher Marshall details his journey to the School, exciting new opportunities for alumni and more. 

Startups Make a Splash at the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition
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Startups Make a Splash at the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition

Held in person for the first time since 2019, the 22nd Annual Big Bang! Business Competition presented over $100,000 in prize money and in-kind awards to early-stage startups in the food and agriculture, health, energy/sustainability, and social

My Professor Became My Career Mentor
Cami Harris MBA 22 and Professor Andy Hargadon
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My Professor Became My Career Mentor

“Professor Hargadon, through his effective and engaging instruction, opened my mind”

Full-Time MBA student Camille Harris says Professor Andrew Hargadon’s enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship helped her find her way forward.

Online MBA Residential in Napa Highlights Wine, Food, Ag
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Online MBA Residential in Napa Highlights Wine, Food, Ag

The power of unexpected connections and branching out of your comfort zone

Online MBA student Ashlee Bippus shares lessons in wine making, alternative meats, agtech and more from recent weekend residential.  

Where Sustainable Energy and Finance Meet in Industry Immersion
Teghpreet Ahluwalia MBA 22 working at the Collaborative Leadership Retreat
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Where Sustainable Energy and Finance Meet in Industry Immersion

Teaming up on solutions to solve issues from top energy and utility execs

A financier and entrepreneur, Sacramento Part-Time MBA student Teghpreet Ahluwalia sees greater potential between energy field and impact investing.

3-D Tech Venture a “Shoe-in” as Big Bang! Finalist
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3-D Tech Venture a “Shoe-in” as Big Bang! Finalist

Looking to revolutionize shoe technology one foot at a time

Tresole, the MBA-led shoe startup, is one of 16 finalists in the Big Bang! Business Competition at UC Davis.   

Finishing First in the Inaugural UC Davis Food & Ag Case Competition
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Finishing First in the Inaugural UC Davis Food & Ag Case Competition

Our challenging, thrilling and fulfilling immersive student experience

Collaborating through the night, MBA student Baldeep Rai’s interdisciplinary team presented to industry leaders and won the first-ever Food and Ag. Case Competition.

How My Team Made it to the Finals of Our Annual Hackathon with Google Cloud
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How My Team Made it to the Finals of Our Annual Hackathon with Google Cloud

Project explored technological disparities of California’s public education system

For the third year in a row, the M.S. in Business Analytics program partnered with Google Cloud to host the 2022 AggieHacks two-day challenge featuring numerous data challenges for UC Davis students.

My Journey to Combine Technology and Social Impact
Mandy Leiter
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My Journey to Combine Technology and Social Impact

Exploring new technologies and finding my community at UC Davis

My interest in the world of business started with education, but not in the way you might think.

Square Partners with MBAs to Dig into Sustainable Cryptocurrency Mining
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Square Partners with MBAs to Dig into Sustainable Cryptocurrency Mining

Will cryptocurrencies enable eco-friendly economic empowerment?

MBA student Christine Dillman shares the challenge posed by Square: Create a financial model for Bitcoin mining that takes into account important environmental goals.

Daniel Segel Utilizing MBA to Benefit Others During the Pandemic
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Daniel Segel Utilizing MBA to Benefit Others During the Pandemic

Keeping students healthier so they can make the world a better place.

“The (UC Davis) MBA program gave me new skills, capabilities, and connections to get my foot in the tech field,” says Daniel Segel MBA 96, who helped set up the technology the university uses for mass, on-campus COVID testing, and vaccination.

Why UC Davis is a Great Place for Entrepreneurs
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Why UC Davis is a Great Place for Entrepreneurs

“Aggie Innovators” are changing the world

“This truly was the apex of my education—blending my scientific expertise with my business acumen and my entrepreneurial spirit,” says MBA alumna Teri Slack.

Real Change in Health Care Demands Innovation and Empathy
Finding empathy in health care
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Real Change in Health Care Demands Innovation and Empathy

Cutting-edge biotech therapies, combined with hope, lead to healing

A biotech entrepreneur, Natalie Makableh MBA 21 says we need more empathic leaders at the intersection of science and society. Read how she’s changing that.

Breathing Easier with Big Bang! Business Competition Winner
Big Bang! Business Competition winner Ben Wang
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Breathing Easier with Big Bang! Business Competition Winner

2014 Big Bang! Business Competition winner Ben Wang has helped limit the spread of ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia and credits UC Davis for the foundation of his start-up NeVap, which stands for Never Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia.

MBA-Led Start-Up Earns $10K at 21st Annual Big Bang! Business Competition
Big Bang Business Competition Winner INN>CHRG
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MBA-Led Start-Up Earns $10K at 21st Annual Big Bang! Business Competition

An Airbnb for EV drivers

Led by Founder and CEO Angel Daniel Melchor and Chief Business Officer Meredith Roberts, a pair of UC Davis MBA students, local start-up INN>CHRG won the $10K Energy + Sustainability Award as part of the Big Bang! Business Competition.

College Honors 2021 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Recipients
Mike and Renee Child
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College Honors 2021 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Recipients

Mike Child B.S. 76, a benefactor of the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by the College of Engineering for his professional and personal achievements.