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What is Zillion Solutions?

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

The videos are shorter than 2 minutes, so entering takes no time!  Just use your phone or if you don't like filming yourself just make a Powerpoint video (see example)! Win up to $2,250 in minutes. The Hagerman Center/Entrepreneurs Society will never pursue your idea!  Their goal is to help you launch it!  


Why Participate?
  • 12 Prizes totaling $5,750!
  • Add a great line to your resume
  • Network with investors and employers at the award ceremony
  • Submit your idea at a Think Tank or three separate ideas and receive an exclusive Zillion Solutions T-Shirt!

Important dates
  • The deadline to submit videos is Monday, October 28, 2019, @ 11:59 pm.

  • On Thursday, November 7, 2019, the finalists from each category will be announced.

  • A Zillion Solutions Finals and Award Ceremony is Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Riverfront Banquet Center. The student category winners will compete to win the grand prize, 1st runner up, and fan favorite.

Category & Grand Prize Winners

A UM-Flint graduate/undergraduate student or student team from each school/college, undecided majors, and Deep/Early College Program will WIN the first round!

  • $250 - College of Arts and Science –Arts and Humanities
  • $250 - College of Arts and Science –Social Sciences
  • $250 - College of Arts and Science –STEM
  • $250 - School of Education and Human Services
  • $250 - College of Health Sciences
  • $250 - School of Management
  • $250 - School of Nursing
  • $250 - Undecided Majors
  • $250 - DEEP Program / Early College Program

Along with winning their category and $250, each winner will receive a free advising session worth $200 on how to start their idea at 100K Ideas

Winners will then compete with each other for the University-wide awards: 

$2,000 - Grand Prize

$1,000 - 1st Runner Up

$500 - Fan Favorite

* All prizes are subject to financial aid policiesIndividuals winning $500 or less will receive their award in the form of an all-purpose gift card. Grand prize winner or 1st runner up cannot also win the Fan Favorite award. 


View last year’s winners:

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting Zillion Solutions

 

 

 

 


 
Thank you to our Campus Partners for supporting Zillion Solutions

     

          


Thank you to our Campus Department Partners and more for supporting Zillion Solutions


For clarification and questions please reach out via email at hagermancenter@umich.edu

Submissions

General Rules/Information
  • Videos must be shorter than two minutes.
  • Each team must include one or more students enrolled at UM-Flint during the Fall 2019 semester. 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.
  • Winners may use the award in any way they wish. We strongly encourage them to use the winnings to start a venture. All prizes are subject to financial aid requirements. Individuals winning $500 or less will receive their award in the form of an all-purpose gift card.
  • For teams with members from different schools and colleges within UM-Flint, on the submission form check the boxes for each of the schools/colleges.

Judging Criteria
  • The solution clearly solves a problem
  • The solution provides a clear benefit over current competition/alternative
  • Creative approach to an idea
  • Style of presentation (e.g., entertainment value, presented idea creatively, etc).

Few ideas will address all criteria. 

So if your video doesn't, don't let that stop you! We are also available to help you at Think Tank Sessions!


Submission Format/Guidelines

The video must be less than two minutes.

  • The suggested video structure:

    • 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).
    • Explain your solution! What is the problem you are trying to solve, and how will your solution, idea, or innovation solve it? Follow along the Idea Canvas!
    • Briefly describe the competition/alternative and explain how your product/service is better.
  • Be as professional or casual as you would like. There are no limits on creativity or enthusiasm, but no profanity, please! Remember, if you win your college/school category your video will be shown to the attendees and investors at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony.  We encourage the school/college winners to revamp their video! 

Submission

Please complete the form below. If you have any questions or concerns, please email hagermancenter@umich.edu

Submit your idea

If you have any trouble while submitting please email hagermancenter@umich.edu ASAP. If you cannot attach your video on the airtable form, please email us with your submission using your um-flint email account and include the categories listed below in the form (name, school/college, major, receiving extra credit from a faculty member, etc). If your video is larger than 25mb, it will be shared as a google drive link and we will need permission set as, alone one with the link will be able to view it. Please double check. Thank you. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Free T-Shirt & More Prizes!
  • If you submit three ideas, including all participants in group submissions, you will receive an exclusive Zillion Solutions T-Shirt.
  • If you submit your idea at a Think Tank sessions you will also receive a T-Shirt. 
  • There will be door prizes raffled off to students and attendees who attend the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony

*You will be contacted via email for your T-shirt size. T-Shirts will be handed out at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. If you are unable to attend, please email us and we can arrange a pickup time after Nov. 14th. One t-shirt per person. 

 

FAQs

Will the Hagerman Center help me launch my idea?   Absolutely!

One of the main goals of the Hagerman Center is to connect you with advisory organizations that can help you go from an idea to a profitable business.  In fact, 100k Ideas will, free of charge, prepare an in-depth analysis of your idea (normally costing $200) that will provide invaluable suggestions about taking your idea to market.  Also, consider taking EIM 340, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, open to students from all disciplines with at least sophomore standing.

Will the Hagerman Center help me protect my idea?  Yes!

Anyone from the Hagerman Center and/or Entrepreneur Society who views or judges your entry to determine whether it makes it to the finals will sign a non-disclosure agreement.  If you make it to the finals, we will provide information suggesting easy ways to help protect your ideas.

I hate seeing myself on video; is there a way to avoid this?   Yes!

Just do an animated PowerPoint.  In fact, last year's Grand Prize winner primarily used PowerPoint.

Can I use the prize money however I want?  Yes! However, we strongly encourage you to use the winnings to start the venture.  After all, if your idea is promising enough to win, why not try to parlay your winnings into hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars?  All prizes are subject to financial aid requirements and individuals winning $500 or less will receive their award in the form of an all-purpose gift card.

What are the relevant dates?

October 28: Accepting videos now until Monday, October 28th, 2019 (11:59 pm)

November 7:  Finalists from each category will be announced.

November 21: Zillion Solutions Finals and Award Ceremony at 5:30 PM in the Riverfront Banquet Center.

Who is eligible?

All UM-Flint students, including undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students who are enrolled during the Fall semester of 2019.  In addition, each team can have non-UM Flint students, including alumni, but must include at least one UM-Flint student. 

How many/few members can be on a team?

Teams may be any size, including teams of one person

Can I be on more than one team?

Yes. UM-Flint students (but not others) may be on more than one team.  However, if more than one of their teams makes it to the finals, the students will have to choose which team they will stay on. 

Can I submit more than one video?

We strongly encourage it!  Why not double, triple or even quadruple your chances of winning? If you submit three ideas you will automatically receive a t-shirt!

*You will be contacted via email for your T-shirt size. T-Shirts will be handed out at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. If you are unable to attend, please email us and we can arrange a pickup time after Nov. 14th. One t-shirt per person. 

What if my team contains members from more than one school/college within UM-Flint?

On the submission form, checkboxes for each school or college that you have members in.

What if I am an undecided major?

Just check that box on the submission page.

 

 Check out the Submission Page

Think Tank: Mentoring Sessions

Need help thinking of an idea? Already have an idea but want to redefine it? Attend a think tank session!
Meet students who think like you from the Hagerman Center and the Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the School of Management! At a Think Tank event, we'll work with you on every step of the process, including answering questions, coming up with an idea, refining it, and filming it. We will be at a variety of locations across campus so look for us at the dates below! Bring a friend and learn how you can get involved with entrepreneurship at UM-Flint! We will also have refreshments at events, like pizza, snacks, drinks, and desserts! When you submit your idea at a Think Tank, you will get an exclusive Zillion Solutions T-shirt. 
Upcoming Think Tank Dates:
  • Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
    2:00-4:00 PM
    UCEN Happenings

 

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    4:00-6:00 PM
    FH 355

 

  • Monday, Oct 21, 2019
    1:30-3:30 PM
    WSW Tuscola RM

 

  • Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    UCEN Happenings

 

  • Monday, Oct 28, 2019
    12:00 - 6:00 PM
    UCEN Happenings

 

  • Deadline to submit videos is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

*You will be contacted via email for your T-shirt size. T-Shirts will be handed out at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. If you are unable to attend, please email us and we can arrange a pickup time after Nov. 14th.