Emily Newman

Emily Newman is a graduate student in the Food Science and Technology Graduate Group at UC Davis. She conducts research in the brewing lab, focused on upcycling waste from the brewing industry.

Christy Serrato

Throughout her career, Christy Serrato has made her mark in Northern California—and especially at UC Davis and in Sacramento. Serrato is the founder and CEO of Pair Anything, Inc. and the program director and a founding fellow of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy. She obtaining a B.A. in economics from UC Davis and later returned to campus to compete in the 2019 Big Bang! Business Competition, taking home the $10,000 Food + Agriculture Sector Award. Most recently, PairAnything has been featured on Good Day Sacramento and in the Davis Enterprise to showcase how the digital platform became even more relevant during COVID-19.

2022 Big Bang! Finalist Pitch Videos

The UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for innovators across California to collaborate as they develop and test business ideas. View our finalists' videos below and learn about their innovations. 

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. 

Pair Anything on All Things Napa

Christy Serrato, founder and CEO of Pair Anything, was featured on the All Things Napa radio show on KVON-AM - 1440 AM 96.9 FM. Pair Anything won $10K in the 2019 UC Davis Big Bang! for its platform to help wineries connect with customers beyond the tasting room by guiding them on wine and food pairings. Listen to the show >

Big Bang! Prizes

Outdo the Competition!

The 23nd annual Big Bang! Business Competition will award almost $100,000in prize money and in-kind prizes. We are very grateful to our sponsors.

Perhaps the Big Bang! mentor network's most impressive feature is its variety. Professionals from all industries and backgrounds come together to offer their unique insights, and each mentor provides a different perspective. This range of feedback has proven incredibly helpful in thinking through different aspects of our venture and refining our business idea.

PairAnything on Good Day Sacramento

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 >

Ejnar Knudsen

  • Business Partner
  • Founder/CEO, AGR Partners
Ejnar Knudsen and AGR Partners sponsor the Big Bang’s Food + Agriculture Sector Award, along with the Gowan Co. The $10,000 award recognizes innovations in food and agriculture. Knudsen is founder and CEO of AGR Partners, and oversees the company’s investment strategy, providing capital to cultivate long-term growth in leading food and agribusiness companies.