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Added on: July 14, 2016
Last updated: January 30, 2017

Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entreprenuership

Program Overview / Impact

The Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship integrates science and business for social benefit.

We bring together researchers in science and engineering with faculty, MBA students, UC Davis undergraduates, experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders to support technology transfer and commercialization activities.

Our programs help researchers and students build the networks, knowledge and tools to communicate the value of their work, explore commercialization strategies, connect with industry partners, and design research programs that address and align with practical applications.

How to Get Involved


or contact Program Director Niki Peterson at ndpeterson@ucdavis.edu

More Information

Entrepreneurship Academies:The entrepreneurship academy is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

Each academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

Each academy includes:

  • An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

Big Bang! Business Competition:

Our annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for UC Davis and the broader community to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. The Big Bang! offers mentorship, team building, education, financing and networking for aspiring entrepreneurs.

We awarded a record $50,000 this year.
Read about our winners here >

What is the Big Bang! Business Competition?

The Big Bang! provides a rich immersion for students, faculty, researchers and staff interested in starting or growing a business venture. In addition to the business competition, the Big  Bang! offers a comprehensive series of workshops for building entrepreneurial skills. Big Bang! runs October through May—get involved and start developing your Big Idea. The competition is generously sponsored by local corporations and the investment community.


By participating in the Big Bang!, you will learn how to:

  • Define your problem and solution
  • Develop an elevator pitch
  • Define your product or service
  • Evaluate the potential market
  • Develop a business model
  • Create a pitch presentation
  • Write a business summary

The institute also offers several fellowship programs.

Check out a full listing of programs at: http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/programs-1

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