Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Bitcoin and eco-friendly economic empowerment
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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 MBA 96
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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.

Teri Slack in front of the UC Davis sign
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shrimply Blue Dog Treats - photo courtesy of Jen Schmidt Photography
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How Our Dog Treats Can Help Restore Lake Tahoe

Four keys to grassroots social entrepreneurism

MBA alum Yuan Cheng co-founded Shrimply Blue to help restore Lake Tahoe. His team is on a mission built on trust and social impact.  

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Cellars to Sellers: A New Law will Allow UC Davis to Sell its Wine to the Public

To sell thousands of gallons of wine previously poured down the drain, the Department of Viticulture & Enology turned to a team of UC Davis MBAs for a business plan as state laws passed to make it possible.

Jill Holloway MBA 18 at the Oakland MudLab Café and Store
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MBA Career-Switcher Striving to Live Zero-Waste Life

An email changed my professional life

Bay Area Part-Time MBA graduate Jill Holloway explains why she left her seven-year career at Chevron last year to become a co-owner of MudLab Café and Store.

Origin Materials co-CEO John Bissell photo at Emerge Summit
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West Sac's Origin Materials Going Public in $925 Million SPAC Merger

UC Davis alum John Bissell’s eco-friendly bioplastics firm, which transformed through the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will go public in a nearly $1 billion deal with SPAC Artius Acquisition Inc.

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Cloud Certs: Opening New Opportunities for MBA Students at UC Davis

Are you cloud certified?

More than 215 students have signed up to earn industry-recognized certifications from Google and Amazon.

UC Davis Team - Kali, Jordan, Taewon
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UC Davis MBA Team Helps Chilean Winery Strategize

Bringing ‘creative and bold’ ideas to break into U.S. market

Full-Time MBA students team up virtually with students from the University of Talca to help Hugo Casanova Winery in Chile break into the U.S. market.

Big Bang!
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How Every Entrepreneur Wins in the Big Bang!

We’re proud to be one of 16 finalists

Sacramento Part-Time MBA student Teri Slack is co-founder of StarBio, one of 16 finalist teams in the 2020 Big Bang! Business Competition.

MBA Tahoe Environmental Research Center team
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Surprisingly Tasty Solution to Tahoe’s Little Monsters

Our team's 10-week project to turn tiny invasive shrimp into a business

Tiny invasive shrimp are clouding Lake Tahoe's blue waters. UC Davis researchers called on MBAs to turn an environmental problem into a business opportunity—dog treats!

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An Entrepreneurial LaunchPad in the Empire State

Propelling our companies forward

Have you ever had an idea for a business and thought how amazing it would be if you could change the world?

Seven UC Davis students from four startup teams did just that when they took on the Big Apple, attending the third annual LaunchPad Propel 

Sam Contreras at Big Bang! Business Competition
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Launch your Entrepreneurship Journey with a Big Bang!

UC Davis business competition celebrates 20 years of preparing innovators

"When I first came to the Graduate School of Management, I had one mission in mind: to transform industries, and I did that through the Big Bang! Business Competition," says MBA student Samantha Contreras. 

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A Social Impact Lens for Entrepreneurship

Insights from Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal and Blackstone Group President and COO Jon Gray

I come from a household of six people and 24 eyes—everyone in my immediate family, including my four-year-old sister, wears glasses.

Growing up, my frames were usually purchased from the optometrist office and had price tags in the hundreds; they

What's New at Business Schools: 6 Big Changes at UC Davis
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What's New in B-Schools? 6 Big Changes at UC Davis

Perhaps it would be easier to start off by noting what’s NOT new in business schools globally. Business schools are ever evolving in response to changes in industry or shifts in regional needs, and also to remain competitive.

Long gone are the

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Conference Ignites a Passion for Business, One Startup at a Time

If you want to go far, you must go with others

The annual Ignite Conference brings together students, CEOs and business leaders—and attendees get to see concepts learned during class in action. Over the course of four days in March, I toured four amazing companies, listened to thought-provoking