Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to collaborate, develop and test their business ideas in the annual UC Davis business plan competition, the Big Bang! The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 14.
The 14th annual competition offers workshops, mentorship, financing and networking to advance the startup process. The UCD Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is part of the Graduate School of Management, sponsors the competition.
New businesses are developed and pitched by interdisciplinary teams that draw on their members’ diverse technical and business experience. Teams must have at least one UCD member or an approved affiliate member. Solo aspiring entrepreneurs may partner with a UCD affiliate as part of a team.
“We’ve helped many entrepreneurs make critical connections that launched their ventures and their careers,” said Cleveland Justis, executive director of the institute. Each year, the competition brings together teams of students, university researchers and faculty with mentors from the region’s business community. The Big Bang! has produced many teams that have become successful start-ups since its founding in 2000.
Topics for upcoming workshops and events include intellectual property and incorporation, writing a successful business summary and how to pitch a venture. The competition culminates at an awards ceremony on May 22.
“The ideas, energy and entrepreneurs coming out of Big Bang! have been critical to the development and growth of the greater Sacramento business ecosystem,” said David Richardson of DLA Piper, one of the event’s sponsors. “The competition is a gem for any entrepreneur who yearns to take his or her dream out of the lab and into the real world.”
More details about the competition are available at http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/big-bang-business-competition.