The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation & Entrepreneurs Society Present 


Announcing the 2020/2021 Revamped Zillion Solutions!
The Hagerman Center is excited to announce that we will be awarding 53 entrepreneurial awards to UM-Flint students for the 2020/21 academic year ranging from $100-$2,000. 

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. 

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 (no more than 5 slides)! View Submission Template.   

Win up to $2,850 in minutes. The Hagerman Center or Entrepreneurs Society or Entrepreneurs Society will never pursue your idea!  Their goal is to help you launch it!  

Why Participate?
  • 53 Prizes totaling: more than $10,000!
  • Add a great line to your resume
  • Network and meet other entrepreneurs in the UM-Flint/Flint community
  • Have access to resources to help get your idea off the ground from the Hagerman Center and 100K Ideas.

Important dates
  • Video Submission deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Announce Semifinalist winners: March 21, 2021
  • Announce Finalist winners: March 31, 2021
  • Zillion Solutions Virtual Award Ceremony: April 8, 2021

View last year’s winners:

For clarification and questions please reach out via email at


Awards Breakdown


Earn 1 of 40 semifinalists $100 awards! Multiple UM-Flint graduate/undergraduate/early college students or student teams from each school/college, undecided majors, and Deep/Early College Program will be selected as semifinalists.  


From the semifinalist winners, each UM-Flint school/college (ie. College of Arts and Sciences- STEM, School of Nursing, School of Management, etc) will be chosen as a finalist.

  • $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. The nine graduate/undergraduate/early college students or student teams will then compete head to head for the $2,000 grand prize, $1,000 first runner up, $500 second runner up, and $500 fan favorite award. One student/student team can win up to $2,850! 

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

$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 all-purpose gift card. The winners must be enrolled in either Spring 2020, Summer 2020. Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 semesters.




General Rules/Information
  • Videos must be shorter than two minutes.
  • Powerpoints are an acceptable submission. Please keep powerpoints under 15 slides. Powerpoints do not need to include voice-over.
  • Each team must include one or more students enrolled at UM-Flint during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021 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.
  • 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/PowerPoint doesn't, don't let that stop you! We are also available to help if you email us at!

Submission Format/Guidelines
  • The video must be less than two minutes or must be a PowerPoint.
  • The suggested video/PowerPoint 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 with 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!
  • Your video/PowerPoint submission can be simple and we are judging on YOUR IDEA. If you don't like recording yourself, we suggest you turn in a PowerPoint presentation of your idea! If you are selected as a semifinalist, you will need to revamp your Powerpoint presentation in a video. 

Remember, if you win your college/school category your video will be shown to the attendees and investors at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony in March.



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.  All you need to do is when you submit your idea, to select, "I'm interested in taking my idea further and would like help!" Also, consider taking EIM 340, Introduction to Entrepreneurship. The course is open to students from all disciplines with at least sophomore standing and counts towards your Social Science Gen ED requirement.

Will the Hagerman Center help me protect my idea?  

Yes! Anyone from the Hagerman Center 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! This year we are allowing PowerPoint submissions! Powerpoints should be no more than 5 slides and DO NOT need to include a voice-over.  Last year, many finalists 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?

Video Submission deadline: March 1, 2021

Announce Semifinalist winners: March 21, 2021

Announce Finalist winners: March 31, 2021

Zillion Solutions Virtual Award Ceremony: April 8, 2021

Who is eligible?

All UM-Flint students, including undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students who are enrolled during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021 semester.  In addition, each team can have non-UM Flint students, including alumni, but must include at least one UM-Flint student. 

I graduate in Fall 2020, can I still submit my idea? 

Yes! If you are an undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students enrolled during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021 semester you are still eligible to participate in Zillion Solutions. 

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? 


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.