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Little Bang! Poster + Pitch Competitions

05.12.22 | 6–8 p.m. | Gallagher Hall

Students! The Little Bang! Poster + Pitch Competition is an entry-level event—no business experience is necessary. Start your entrepreneurial journey today.

Launch your future. The Little Bang! will help you define your business idea and communicate it concisely on a poster. This competition is open to all currently enrolled students at the high school, community college, undergraduate or graduate level.

Register by noon on May 5, 2022, to compete!

Register to Compete 

RSVP to Attend and View Posters 

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

Compete for Cash Prizes!

  • Up to five $1,000 awards | $5,000
  • Two $1,000 Global Sustainability + Social Innovation Awards, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad* | $2,000
  • One People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad* | $1,000

* UC Davis teams only

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

Global Sustainability + Social Innovation Award

The Global Sustainability + Social Innovation Award is available for eligible UC Davis student teams. To be eligible: 

  1. Your venture must address at least two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Teams must list the two UNSDGs their venture addresses when they register to compete.
  2. Your 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.
Winners agree to:
  1. Write a one-page (minimum 500-word) blog that reflects on lessons learned participating in the Little Bang! and establishes milestones for developing your business idea.
  2. Complete an awardee payout form.


View Competition Guidelines 

Download Vertical Poster Template      Download Horizontal Poster Template

Download Customer Call Script     Download Customer Call Summary Template 

Note to Past Competitors

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If you entered the January 2022 Little Bang! competition and your poster did not receive an award, you may refine it and/or register for this May 2022 competition with a new poster

Any business idea that won a Little Bang! award in a past academic year is not eligible to compete. 

Register for the Little Bang!