Big Bang! Rules and Tools

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The annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for innovators across California to collaborate, develop and test business ideas—and compete for cash prizes. 

Big Bang! launches in October and ends with finalist presentations and an awards ceremony in May.

Big Bang! workshops offer teams the opportunity to develop and hone their business concept. Participating in workshops is not required but is encouraged.

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Register to Compete in the Big Bang!

For competition details and specifics, please download:

Competition Overview and Guidelines

All Big Bang! teams must register and submit deliverables through the YouNoodle platform by the appropriate deadlines. We cannot accept emailed submissions.

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.

  • Competition Deliverables: Templates + Examples
  • Download the templates and examples below as needed.

    Round 1
    Registration and Team Member Biographies Guidelines
    Executive Summary Guidelines
    Executive Summary Example

    Round 2
    • 2-Minute Video Pitch Guidelines
    • Customer Call Guidelines
    • Customer Call Sample Script
    • Customer Call Summary Template [DOC]
     Pitch Deck Template [PPT]  |  Pitch Deck Template [PDF]

    Round 3
    Customer Call Summary Template [DOC]
    Pitch Deck Template [PPT]  |  Pitch Deck Template [PDF]
  • Round 1: Executive Summary / Team Member Biographies
  • Round 1 requires submission of a two-page executive summary and a maximum one-page team member biography (for each team member) submitted via YouNoodle by the deadlines listed below. Refer to templates and guidelines provided.

    • Early registration deadline 1 (optional)—December 15, 2020, by noon: Receive five mentoring sessions through our UC Mentors platform, as well as feedback on your executive summary. This preliminary part of Round 1 is nonelimination.

    Early registration deadline 2 (optional)—January 21, 2021, by noon: Receive feedback on your executive summary. This preliminary part of Round 1 is nonelimination.

    Round 1 Final Deadline—February 23, 2021, by noon: Teams that submitted Round 1 deliverables by one of the optional early deadlines should update and resubmit their materials, incorporating reviewer feedback. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.

    • External judging: February 24-March 10, 2021
    • Teams notified of results: March 15, 2021

  • Round 2:  Semifinals
  • The top 50 teams advanced to Round 2 must submit the following deliverables to YouNoodle no later than April 1, 2021, by noon. Refer to templates and guidelines provided.
       • Two-minute video pitch
       • Draft pitch deck (5–10 slides + 5 optional appendix slides)
       • Summary report of 20 customer call interviews (maximum five pages)

    Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. This is a required submission to advance to the next round. This is an elimination round.

    • External judging: April 5–April 19, 2021
    Teams notified of Round 2 results: April 23, 2021

  • Round 3: Finals
  • The top 16 teams advanced to Round 3 must submit the following deliverables to YouNoodle no later than May 13, 2021, by noon. Refer to templates and guidelines provided.
       • Final pitch deck
       • Additional 10 customer call summary (maximum three-page summary)

    Round 3 teams also have the valuable opportunity to receive presentation feedback from multiple panels of external business and investment executives in a "dry run" practice session rotation on April 29-30, 2021. This Dry Run presentation opportunity is optional.

    Finalist teams present to a live panel of external judges on May 14, 2021. Award winners are announced at the Big Bang! Awards show.

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