The Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation & Entrepreneurs Society Present
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.