UM-Flint has excellent staff that possess deep knowledge in critical areas—enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, revenue generation, strengthening community relations, etc.—that are essential to creating a high performing organization. As a part of Project 2020, the Staff Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is a new initiative that seeks to support staff entrepreneurship and innovation, and teamwork at UM-Flint.  Staff teams (of up to four) are encouraged to develop and submit implementable ideas and plans to make UM-Flint operate at the speed of students, i.e., process, workflow or structural improvements that help deliver UM-Flint services at speeds that positively impact recruitment, retention and graduation of students. Implementable ideas for cost reduction and new revenue generation are also welcome.  All staff members of the Flint campus are eligible to participate. Temporary staff members, faculty and students may also participate in the team, but the project lead must be a staff member.


Funded by the Office of the Chancellor and managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, in cooperation with Staff Council, the SEP initiative will identify one team based on the following four criteria:

  • Alignment with program goals
  • Originality and creativity of proposed plan
  • Ease and cost of Implementation
  • Net value added to UM-Flint

The submission will be reviewed by the Staff Council, who may seek participation from relevant stakeholders when appropriate, and provide its assessment and recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance for final decision.

The winning team will receive $2,500 to be shared equally amongst members.  In addition, if the plan is implemented by UM Flint, 50% of the institutional gains (dollar equivalent) for the first year, up to a maximum of $10,000, will be awarded to the team.


Entries must be submitted by staff who are on active employment with UM-Flint. Submissions must not exceed 4 pages and include the following:

  1. Background / Context
  2. Proposed idea
  3. Value to UM-Flint if implemented
  4. Implementation plans and cost estimate

Submissions must be online by March 13, 2020 for consideration in the 2020 cycle.


Office of the Vice Chancellor for Business & Finance
Phone:  810-762-3324