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Local Business Incubator Loan Authorized

November 19, 2020

Inventopia, a Davis startup incubator launched by 2008 Big Bang! winner Tim Keller, recently landed a $100K city loan 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>

Big Bang! Winner: Top 100 Female Founder

October 13, 2020

Kellan Hays, 2014 Big Bang! winner and UC Davis alumna, has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 100 female founders. Hays co-founded Good Nature Agro, a social enterprise that helps farmers transition to higher-value crops and connects them with buyers to move the farmers from poverty to the middle-class. Read the profile >

Video: Making a Big Bang!

October 06, 2020

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 >

Reducing Pneumonia-Related Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

September 11, 2020

NeVap Inc., founded by 2014 Big Bang! winner Benjamin Wang, created a novel respiratory device that is helping curb the rate of infection of bacterial pneumonia in COVID-19 patients. Researchers are trialing the device to see how it can help patients at risk for postoperative pneumonia. Read the article >

Cognivive Announces World’s First Prescription Interactive Rehabilitation Device

August 13, 2020

Cognivive has designed the first prescription interactive rehabilitation device under new FDA regulation. CogniviveVR helps patients recover control over their arms and hands by delivering personalized treatments in the form of highly motivational games at home. Cognivive, co-founded by Tony Simon, won the second prize in the 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition. Read the article >

PairAnything on Good Day Sacramento

July 17, 2020

Pair Anything, founded by Christy Serrato, was featured recently on Good Day Sacramento. Pair Anything won the $10K Food + Ag Sector Award in our 2019 Big Bang! Business Competition for creating a platform to help wineries connect with customers beyond the tasting room by guiding them on wine and food pairings. Watch the video >

Dr. Benjamin Wang Develops and Donates Safer Breathing Tubes

July 17, 2020

NeVap, founded by Benjamin Wang, helped create Adopt A Hero, an organization dedicated to provide supplies to medical personnel in Mexico. Ben has donated breathing tubes to aid Mexican healthcare workers in areas where COVID-19 is surging. NeVap won the 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition. Read the article >

Can Artificial Intelligence Create Jobs?

June 03, 2020

Founded by Lisa Illes, PHIXED SYSTEMS is featured on the UC Davis Curiosity Gap Blog, excerpted from a story in Forbes exploring how artificial intelligence can create jobs. 2020 Big Bang! award winner PHIXED SYSTEMS is an advanced analytics platform technology for bio-manufacturing. Read the articles: UC Davis > Forbes >

Startup of the Month: RAIVES

June 02, 2020

Hospital assistant at UC Davis Medical Center Tony Braham invented RAIVES, a patented medical device that helps organize medical equipment such as IVs, respiratory tubing and monitor cables in the intensive care unit. Read the article >

Congratulations, 2020 Big Bang! Finalists

May 01, 2020
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.