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>

Anna Sadovnikova

Anna Sadovnikova, MPH, M.A., IBCLC started her career in public health and is now a M.D./Ph.D. candidate in mammary gland biology and breastfeeding medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Sadovnikova is a NIH-funded investigator, receiving a 5-year F30 fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to define the molecular mechanism by which stress negatively impacts lactation.

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. 

Growing as an Aggie Innovator

Most of the time, small things are overlooked and go unnoticed.

People assume that it is just one small item. How much harm can it really do? 

When our group came together in a biodesign class, we wanted to bring attention to small things everyone uses—such as bandages, which millions of people use and that can add up to have a negative impact on the environment. Our product, Biobandage, is a 100% plastic-free, kombucha-based bandage designed to help heal wounds faster than traditional adhesive bandages. Biobandage uses kombucha’s byproduct, bacterial cellulose.

Video: Making a Big Bang!

Benjamin Wang, 2014 Big Bang! Business Competition winner and founder/chief medical officer of NeVap Inc., shares how winning the competition helped launch his entrepreneurial journey, notes his successes since then—and explains how the Big Bang! helps innovators go from concept to company. Watch video >

Big Bang! Prizes

Outdo the Competition!

The 22nd annual Big Bang! Business Competition awarded $90,000 in prize money and in-kind prizes. Click here to meet our winners.

Please check back to see prizes and their sponsors for the 2023 Big Bang!