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Little Bang! Poster + Pitch Competitions

Students! The Little Bang! Poster + Pitch Competitions will help you define your business idea and communicate it concisely on a poster.

Start your entrepreneurial journey. The Little Bang! is an entry-level competition; no business experience is necessary.

Little Bang! Poster Competition entrepreneur presenting their business idea through a poster

The Little Bang! is designed for currently enrolled students at the high school, community college, undergraduate or graduate level.

Monday, 01.31.22 6–8 p.m. SESSION 1  |  Gallagher Hall Lobby  
    Up to 10 $500 awards $5,000
   

One $500 Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Award, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad*

$500

    One People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad* $500
Monday, 05.09.22 6–8 p.m. SESSION 2  |  Gallagher Hall Lobby  
    Up to five $1,000 awards $5,000
    One $1,000 Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Award, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad*

$1,000

    One People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad* $1,000

* UC Davis teams only

Program funding for Little Bang! is provided through a generous gift from Barry and Lynda Keller and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

Global Sustainability & Social Innovation Awards

One Global Sustainability and Social Innovation Award is available for eligible UC Davis student teams during each session. To be eligible: 

  1. The new venture must address at least two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s). Teams must list the two UNSDG’s addressed by the venture when they register to compete.
  2. The team must be multidisciplinary, with UC Davis students from at least two different fields of study: for example, engineering and wildlife biology, or managerial economics and design.
  • Participation/Submission Guidelines
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    Participants must be currently enrolled students at the high school, undergraduate or graduate level.
     

    We welcome your joining Little Bang! at any point—you do not need to compete in Session 1 to compete in Session 2. We encourage you to take advantage of information and assistance provided in our Ideas into Action Workshop Series, the Big Bang! and Little Bang! Info Session, and to connect with our staff for guidance.

    If your poster does not receive an award in the first session, you may refine it and/or submit a new poster for consideration in Session 2. Award size increases from the first to the second competition.

    Any business idea that won a Little Bang! award in a past academic year is not eligible to compete. For complete guidelines, rules and regulations for participation, please refer to the posted guidelines for each session.

    Got a question?     
    Contact Lindsay Lowry > 

  • SESSION 1 – Monday  |  01.31.22  |  6–8 p.m.
  • Please check back later this fall for Session 1 guidelines.
    Poster Template - Landscape  |  Poster Template - Portrait
     

    In Session 1, no formal, timed pitch is required. Contestant posters will be shared publicly on our website. On the night of the competition, participants will introduce their posters via Zoom to spectators and other competing teams and will be available for questions and comments. We will assign each team to a breakout room to interact with spectators and other teams.

    Refer to guidelines for complete details on market research, preparation, formatting and judging criteria for your poster submission.

    Session 1 awardees agree to:

    > Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) blog that establishes milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 1.
    > Complete an awardee payout form.
    > Participate in Session 2 of the Little Bang! on 05.09.22.
  • SESSION 2 – Monday  |  05.09.22  |  6–8 p.m.
  • Please check back in early 2022 for Session 2 guidelines.
    Poster Template - Landscape  |  Poster Template - Portrait
     

    Session 2 awardees agree to:
    > Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) blog that establishes milestones for developing their business idea and reflecting on lessons learned participating in Little Bang! Session 2.
    > Complete an awardee payout form.

Meet Fellow Aggie Innovators

Grow your network—and learn about other opportunities for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, here on campus and beyond.

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