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Big Bang! Prizes

Outdo the Competition!

The 22nd annual Big Bang! Business Competition and Little Bang! Pitch + Poster Competitions will award more than $100,000 in prize money and in-kind prizes.

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Japa took top prize in the 2018 competition for their parking solution innovation.

2022 Big Bang! Business Competition Awards

First Place Lorin Johnson Top innovation across all categories $20,000
People's Choice Award Bow Capital + UC Davis Innovation and Technology Commercialization Selected by online vote prior to the awards show $10,000
Food + Agriculture Sector Award

Primary Sponsor: HM.CLAUSE

Supporting Sponsor: AGR Partners | Gowan Co.

For innovations in food and agriculture


Animal Health + Industry Sector Award

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

For innovations in animal health $10,000
Human Health + Industry Sector Award

UC Davis School of Medicine + UC Davis Health

For innovations in human health $10,000
Energy + Sustainability Sector Award


For innovations in energy efficiency $10,000
Social Entrepreneurship Sector Award

UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

For innovations in social entrepreneurship $10,000
In-Kind Services:      

Six-month membership with one lab bench space in the Lab@AgStart.

Food, Ag and Health Incubator in Woodland
Offered to top food, ag and/or health innovation $5,000 value
Six-month membership with access to lab equipment and collaborative workspace. Inventopia
Engineering and Life Science Incubator in Davis
Offered to top engineering and/or life science innovation $5,000 value

Thank You to Our Other Sponsors

VSP Global Innovation Center | Bronze Level Sponsor

Please note:

  • If your venture is incorporated and you win a prize, we will pay the prize to the corporation. If your venture is not incorporated, it is up to you to decide how to distribute and use the prize money.
  • Before prizes are announced and awarded, You should discuss and decide as a team how the money will be split. 
  • Once we have paid you, the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has no further role.