What is Zillion Solutions?

Do you have a solution to a problem? Zillion Solutions is a campus-wide competition where graduate, undergraduate students of all majors (including undecided students), and Deep/Early College students make a short video or Powerpoint describing their unique idea for a new product or service that will solve a problem.

Entering takes no time; investing a couple minutes now can win you up to $2,750! The video can be a two minute or less selfie. The PowerPoint should be five or fewer slides. Just follow the Submission Template.

The Hagerman Center will never pursue your idea! Our goal is to help you launch it!

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The Hagerman Center is excited to award dozens of prizes ranging from $100 to $2000 to UM-Flint students for the 2021/22 academic year!

Why Participate?

  • Dozen of prizes ranging from $100 to $2,000
  • Add a great line to your resume
  • Network and meet other entrepreneurs in the UM-Flint/Flint community

To get your idea off the ground, 100K Ideas will give all participants extensive free help, normally costing $200.

Awards Breakdown

Semifinalist Awards

There will be three semifinalists from each UM-Flint school/college that will win a $100 prize. These individuals will be in the running to be the finalist and represent their school/college during the University-wide Awards.

Finalists Awards

A team from each UM-Flint school/college (ie. College of Arts & Sciences – STEM, School of Nursing, School of Education & Human Services, etc.,). is guaranteed to be one of eleven finalists and win $250.

  • $250 – College of Arts & Science – Arts & Humanities
  • $250 – College of Arts & Science – Social Sciences
  • $250 – College of Arts & Science – STEM
  • $250 – School of Education & Human Services
  • $250 – College of Health Sciences
  • $250 – School of Management
  • $250 – Genesee County High School Entrepreneurship Clubs
  • $250 – School of Nursing
  • $250 – Undecided Majors
  • $250 – DEEP Program/Early College Program
  • $250 – College of Innovation & Technology

University-wide Awards

The nine students or teams will then compete for thousands of dollars. One student/student team can win $2,750!

  • $2,000 – Grand Prize
  • $1,000 – 1st Runner up
  • $500 – 2nd Runner up
  • $500 – Fan Favorite Award

*All prizes are subject to financial aid policies. Individuals winning $500 or less will receive their award in the form of an Amazon gift card. The winners must be enrolled in either Spring 2021, Summer 2021. Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters

Important Dates

  • Early Submission: Friday, December 31, 2021
  • Final Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Announce Semifinalist winners: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Announce Finalist winners: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m.


General Rules & Information

  • You can submit either:
    • a quick 2 minute or less video or,
    • a short five slide or fewer PowerPoint, the PowerPoint does not need to include voice over.
  • Each team must include one or more students enrolled at UM-Flint during Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters.No limit on group size or interdisciplinary collaborations. 
  • UM-Flint students (but not others) may be on more than one team.  However, if a student is on more than one team that makes it to the finals, s/he will have to choose one team with which to continue the competition.
  • The solution must be a product or service. The exact product or service can’t already exist. It can, however,
    • be a minor modification to an existing product or service, if the modification more effectively solves a problem.
    • be unique within a specific geographic area (e.g., Flint) where it is currently unavailable, even if it already exists in other areas.

Judging Criteria

  • The solution clearly solves a problem
  • Provides a clear benefit over current competition/alternative and is creative
  • Creative approach to an idea

Submission Format & Guidelines

  • The video must be less then two minutes or the PowerPoints must be five or fewer slides. Submitters who used PowerPoints and makes it to the semifinals will need to replace the PowerPoint with a video. Videos should use an MP4 format.
  • The suggested video/PowerPoint structure is below and on the Submission Template. Just follow along!
    • Introduce yourself: name(s), category (e.g., School of Management, College of Arts and Science-STEM,), class rank, (e.g., Freshman, Senior, Master’s Student), and existing solutions that are similar to your idea.
    • Explain your solution! What is the problem you are trying to solve, and how will your solution, idea, or innovation solve it? 
    • What are your goals?
  • Be as professional or casual as you would like.
  • Your video/PowerPoint submission can be simple and we are judging on YOUR IDEA.
  • You can increase your chances of winning by submitting as many ideas as you can think of.

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