Launch. | 10.21.21

Check out the new issue of Launch for the latest in Aggie Innovator news. Grow your entrepreneurial skill set and expand your network at our Big Bang! and Little Bang! info session, kickoff Ideas into Action workshop and Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy; the Student Startup Center's weekly Pitches and Popcorn and Startup Speaker events; a workshop on SBIR/STTR Program Essentials offered by SBDC Tech @UC Davis Venture Catalyst; and the UC Big Ideas Contest.

Look Before You Leap

Look before you leap.

This saying resonates with planners and low-risk takers and had always seemed to serve me well.

I started my UC Davis online MBA just as the pandemic hit and the world reeled. Risk was everywhere. By the end of my first academic quarter, life and planning were at a standstill, except for Zoom. I was worried about the future and even considered leaving the program. The fear of not knowing what might lie beyond the jumping off point had me doubting myself.

Congratulations, 2021 Big Bang! Finalists

Congratulations, 2021 Big Bang! Finalists Forty-five teams—representing 135 aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs—entered the 21st annual UC Davis business competition.

The competition drew students and alumni from across UC Davis, as well as from colleges and universities throughout California. Together, the Big Bang! and Little Bang! Poster Competitions will award up to $100,000 in prize money at the awards show, held May 27 via Facebook Live. 

$100K Loan to Help Local Entrepreneurs, New Ventures

Inventopia, a Davis startup incubator launched by 2008 Big Bang! winner Tim Keller, recently landed a $100K loan from the City of Davis to add specialized space needed by local entrepreneurs and new ventures. Its newest tenant, Peakb, develops naturally derived blue food coloring and was founded by UC Davis Professor Justin Siegel. Read the article>

Video: Making a Big Bang!

Benjamin Wang, 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition winner and founder/chief medical officer of NeVap Inc., shares how winning the competition helped launch his entrepreneurial journey, notes his successes since then—and explains how the Big Bang! helps innovators go from concept to company. Watch video >

Congratulations, 2020 Big Bang! Finalists

113 teams—representing 315 aspiring entrepreneurs—entered the 20th annual UC Davis business  competition, the greatest number in Big Bang! history. The competition drew teams from across UC Davis, as well as from the Sacramento region and throughout California, the U.S. and the world.

 

Our 20th annual Big Bang! will award $100,000 in prize money at the awards show, this year taking place online via Facebook Live.