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The Power of Networks

New, radical, disruptive ideas have long been considered the foundation of innovation; but, according to Professor Andrew Hargadon, ideas need a network to be successful.  

Startups Make a Splash at Big Bang!

The UC Davis campus is always full of fresh ideas, but innovation was at an especially high pitch last Thursday during the 22nd annual Big Bang! Business Competition awards ceremony. Held in person for the first time since 2019, the ceremony presented over $100,000 in prize money and in-kind awards to early-stage startups in the food and agriculture, health, energy/sustainability, and social enterprise sectors. 

Ambercycle Receives $21.6M in Investment

Former Big Bang! winner AmberCycle has announced a $21.6 million investment to help convert end-of-life textile ‘waste’ into new yarns for apparel brands and manufacturers.

Congratulations, 2022 Big Bang! Finalists

Congratulations, 2022 Big Bang! Finalists Our 22nd annual business competition drew students and alumni from across UC Davis, as well as from colleges and universities throughout California. 

Meet our 16 finalist teams, which will vie for $90,000 in prizes. We'll announce the winners at the Awards Ceremony on May 26. 

UC Davis Health Chef Supports Aggie Community

Santana Diaz, executive chef for UC Davis Health who will lead next month’s Tower Bridge Dinner, sat down for a chat on Face to Face with Chancellor May. Diaz, who oversees the production of more than 6,500 meals each day, has served as the head chef for the Golden 1 Center and Super Bowl 50. Watch the video>

2021 Summer Launch

Check out our special summer issue of Launch for the latest in Aggie Innovator news. Grow your entrepreneurial skill set and expand your network at the UC Entrepreneurship Academy, Leaders for the Future fellowship program, Berkeley Skydeck acceleration program and UC Davis Office of Research Venture Catalyst’s latest Knowledge Exchange webinar. Read the issue > Sign up for the newsletter > 

Five Insights from the National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy

"Keep the voice of the customer in every stage to remain relevant and provide the most value to those who purchase your product or service”—Dr. Jennifer Ogeer

UC Davis recently wrapped up the National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy. Faculty, graduate students and researchers from veterinary schools across the world learned from leaders in academia and the corporate world who have experience taking innovations to market. Read the article>

‘Moore’ Face Time with the Chancellor

Mahiri Moore Jr., a sophomore who founded Moore Truth More Change to engage Black and Latinx youths, talks with Chancellor May in the latest episode of Face to Face, a new UC Davis video show featuring #AggieInnovators. They met last winter, when the chancellor was Mahiri’s debut guest on his new podcast. Watch the video >


Japa Hits Its Post-Pandemic Stride

Mathew Magno, co-founder of Japa, shares the startup’s accomplishments during the pandemic in Sacramento Business Journal. Japa developed an app to help companies, universities and cities manage their parking assets—and help drivers quickly find an empty parking space. Big thank you to Sacramento Business Journal for continuously supporting local startups.

Ravata Received NIH SBIR Funding

Ravata Solutions has been awarded a National Institute of Health (NIH) Phase 1 SBIR. The company’s cutting edge utilization of microfluidic automation, a proven sensing platform microfabricated for embryos, and proprietary embryo datasets for AI development set it apart when determining the embryo most likely to induce a pregnancy. Read the article >

Breathing Easier

Meet an inspiring changemaker for a better world. UC Davis alumnus Benjamin Wang, founder of NeVap, is featured in UC Davis Magazine for his efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wang won the 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition for his innovation of a breathing tube that minimizes the potential for infection. Read the article >