Big Bang! Workshops and Events

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Gain the knowledge and skills needed to move from concept to company—and to effectively compete in the annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition.

Connect. Learn. Compete. 

Even if you don’t wish to become an entrepreneur, the leadership skills you learn through the Little Bang! and Big Bang! experience will translate into whatever career path you choose. You’ll learn to:

  • Solve complex problems
  • Be a part of and effectively lead cross-functional and cross-cultural teams
  • Make connections and build your network
  • Thrive in an uncertain environment

Need help finding a team or team members? Visit the Slack workspace for UC Davis Team Formation at ucdavis-team-hub.slack.com. Those using a ucdavis.edu email address may join without an invitation. All others may request an invitation here.

  • Connections
  • Connect with fellow innovators in a 30-minute facilitated discussion featuring a “near peer” innovator who has participated in prior year competitions.
    Date Near Peer Guest(s) Link to RSVP
    Tuesday
    11.02.20
    ​Noon
    Mathew Magno | Japa  
    Tuesday
    11.17.20
    ​Noon
    Karen Harding-Davis Join on Zoom
    Tuesday
    12.08.20
    ​Noon
    Maria Artunduaga | Respira Labs RSVP to Attend
    Tuesday
    01.12.21
    ​Noon
    Denise Bronner |

    Janssen Pharmaceutical Cos.

    RSVP to Attend
    Tuesday
    01.26.21
    Noon
    Tony Simon | Cognivive RSVP to Attend
    Tuesday
    02.09.21
    Noon
    Ryan Barr | RePurpose Energy RSVP to Attend
    Tuesday
    03.02.21
    ​Noon
    Michael Vilardo | VHomes RSVP to Attend
    Tuesday
    04.06.21
    ​Noon
    TBD RSVP to Attend
    Office Hours

    Our innovation ambassadors (students from a range of disciplines) are available to talk you through the details of preparing your competition deliverables.

    Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-3 pm or by appointment  |  Zoom Link

  • Workshops
  • Learn to move your idea forward in a series of innovation workshops presented by leading business and investment community members. We’ve designed the Big Bang! workshops to inform the preparation of competition deliverables, but you don’t have to enter the competition to attend the workshops. All workshops are open to the public.

    Participants should view recorded content prior to the live meeting,  where the guest speaker provides a broad overview of content, leads small group activities to reinforce concepts, and facilitates group discussion.

    Workshop/Event Date/Time Link to RSVP

    Starting Something That Matters
    with Joe DiNunzio
    Watch pre-workshop video >

    Thursday
    10.29.20
    6-7 p.m.
     
    Defining the Problem and Solution
    with Mariah Heller
    Watch on demand >
    Defining the Problem Worksheet  |  Presentation Slides
    Thursday
    11.05.20
    6-7 p.m.
     

    Making the Leap—Moving from Idea to Business
    with Professor Andrew Hargadon
    Watch on demand >
    Elevator Pitch Worksheet  |  Sources of Uncertainty Handout

    Tuesday
    11.10.20
    6-7 p.m.
     
    Mentoring Session #1 Thursday
    11.12.20
    6-8 p.m.
     
    Write to Win: Developing Your Executive Summary
    with Nate Williams
    Watch on demand >
    Executive Summary Guidelines  |  Writing Executive Summaries
    Thursday
    12.10.20
    6-7 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Define and Validate Your Business Model
    with Tim Keller
    Watch on demand >
    Revenue Model Worksheet  |  3x5 Revenue Projection Worksheet
    Thursday
    01.14.21
    6–7 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Define Your Customer and Market + Customer Calls
    with Ben Finkelor 
    Watch on demand >
    Thursday
    01.28.21
    6-8 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Putting Your Best Foot Forward
    with Marianne Skoczek
    |  Mentoring Session #2
    Thursday
    02.04.21
    6-8 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Show Me the Money: Projecting and Presenting Financials 
    with Nick Fasciano
    Watch on demand >
    Thursday
    02.18.21
    6-7 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Developing Your Startup Slide Deck
    with Benjamin Wang
    Watch on demand >
    31 Pitch Deck Slide Examples (Crunchbase article) >
    Sponsored by UC Davis Venture Catalyst
    Thursday
    02.25.21
    6-7 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Pitching Like a Pro: Presenting Your Startup Slide Deck
    with Monique Brown
    Watch on demand >
    Thursday
    03.04.21
    6-7 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Mentoring Session #3 Thursday
    03.18.21
    6-8 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
    Intellectual Property Thursday
    04.08.21
    6-7 p.m.

    RSVP to Attend

  • Competition
  • Compete to win money and move your idea forward. Participation in the Big Bang! Business Competition requires at least least one founder to be affiliated with an institution of higher education within the State of California. Refer to competition guidelines for details.

    Students at any level—from high school to Ph.D.—are eligible to compete in the Little Bang! Poster Competitions.

    Event/Deadline Date/Time Link to RSVP / Details
    2020 Launch Thursday
    10.22.20
    6 p.m.
    View video on Facebook
    Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 1 Thursday
    11.19.20
    6-8 p.m.
     
    DEADLINE (Optional): Early Team Registration Tuesday
    12.15.20
    Noon
    Receive UC Mentors credits
    DEADLINE (Optional): Early Feedback Thursday
    01.21.21
    Noon
    Receive feedback prior to Round 1 deadline
    Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 2 Thursday
    02.11.21
    6-8 p.m.
    RSVP to Compete
    ​RSVP to Attend
    DEADLINE: Round 1 Submissions Tuesday
    02.23.21
    Noon
     
    DEADLINE: Round 2 Submissions Thursday
    04.01.21
    Noon
     
    Dry Run Mentoring Session Thursday-Friday
    04.29-30.21
    Top 16 teams only
    Little Bang! Poster Competition—Session 3 Thursday
    05.13.21
    6-8 p.m.
    RSVP to Compete
    ​RSVP to Attend
    Final Presentations + Judging Friday
    05.14.21
    Top 16 teams only
    2021 Big Bang! Awards Show Thursday
    05.27.21
    6 p.m.
    RSVP to Attend
RePurpose Energy 2018/19 Big Bang! winners holding software and battery
RePurpose Energy reuses spent electric vehicle batteries to store solar energy, helping further the transition to renewable energy and sustainable transportation systems. The UC Davis team won more than $16,000 in the 2018/19 Big Bang! Business Competition.

The Big Bang! process turned our idea into a plan—and helped open countless doors to additional funding and growth opportunities.
—Ryan Barr
Ph.D. Student | Co-Founder and COO, RePurpose Energy

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