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A Zillion Solutions

Win up to $3,250 in minutes


What is A Zillion Solutions?

Do you have a solution to a problem? A 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!

Why Participate?
  • 14 Prizes totaling $6,000!

  • Add a Great Line to your Resume

  • Network with Investors and Employers


Timeline:
  • Think Tank sessions are twice a month. Come meet students who think like you! Grab some free food! At Think Tank, we'll work with you on every step of the process, including answering questions, coming up with an idea, refining it, and filming it. 

    • Tuesday, September 25, stop by any time between 12:30 and 4:00, FH 111.

    • Wednesday, September 26, stop by any time between 4:00 and 7:00, UCEN Happenings Room.

Attending is not required but may be helpful. Can't make a session, feel free to contact us at hagermancenter@umflint.edu for tips! 

  • Deadline to submit videos is Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm.

  • On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 the finalists from each category will be announced.

  • A Zillion Solutions Finals and Award Ceremony is Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at the North Bank Center at 5:30pm where students from different categories compete to win the grand prize, 1st runner up, fan favorite, and most entertaining.

A UM Flint graduate/undergraduate student or student team from each school/college and undecided majors 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 - Interdisciplinary Collaborations
  • $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

$500 - Most Entertaining

 

*One team / student can be eligible to win $3,250 total if they win their category ($250), Grand Prize ($2,000), Most Entertaining ($500), and the fan vote ($500). 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.


View last year’s winners:
The Hagerman Center/Entrepreneurs Society will never pursue your idea!
Their goal is to help you launch it! 

FAQs:

Do I have to launch the idea!  No!

Just do the 2-minute video, that’s it!

If I want to launch the idea will you help me? Absolutely!

One of the main goals of the Hagerman Center is to connect students with advisory organizations that can help you go from an idea to a profitable business.

How can I learn more about entrepreneurship for all majors?

Take EIM 340, Introduction to Entrepreneurship

It's open to all students from all disciplines with at least sophomore standing. Contact Mark Simon at marksimo@umflint.edu if interested and to see if you can use it as a Gen Ed.

 

For additional FAQs about A Zillion Solutions please see the FAQs tab.

 

Check out the Submission Page


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***For clarification and questions please reach out by email to hagermancenter@umflint.edu.

Submissions

Submission Instructions and Guidelines

Important Dates
  • Think Tank sessions are twice a month. Meet students who think like you! Grab some free food! At Think Tank, we'll work with you on every step of the process, including answering questions, coming up with an idea, refining it, and filming it.

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018, stop by any time between 12:30 and 4:00, FH 111.
    • Wednesday, September 26, 2018, stop by any time between 4:00 and 7:00, UCEN Happenings Room.

Attending is not required but may be helpful. Can't make a session or want to submit sooner, feel free to contact us at hagermancenter@umflint.edu for tips! 

  • Deadline to submit videos is Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 11:59pm.
  • Thursday, November 15th, 2018 the finalists from each category will be announced.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018: A Zillion Solutions finals and award ceremony at the North Bank Center at 5:30 pm, where winners within UM-Flint compete to win $1000s.

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 2018 semester. Teams can be any size, including teams of one.

  • UM Flint students (but not others) may be on more than one team.  However, if a student is on more than 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 AND the box for interdisciplinary collaborations.


Judging Criteria
  • Solution clearly solves a problem

  • Solution provides a clear benefit over current competition/alternative

  • Creativity of 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! With 14 prizes, even less than perfect videos can win.

 

View last year’s winners:

Submission Format/Guidelines

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?
    • 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 category your video will be shown to the attendees at the Zillion Solutions Award Ceremony prior to announcing the winners.

 

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Questions? Please email hagermancenter@umflint.edu

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?

September 25: Think Tank optional advising between 12:30 and 4:00, FH 111.

September 26: Think Tank optional advising between 4:00 and 7:00, UCEN Happenings Room.

November 8: Accepting videos now until Thursday, November 8th, 2018 (11:59 pm)

November 15:  Finalists from each category will be announced.

November 27:  A Zillion Solutions finals and award ceremony at the North Bank Center at 5:30 pm, where winners from different schools and colleges within UM-Flint compete to win $1000s.

Who is eligible?

All UM-Flint students, including undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D students who are enrolled during Fall semester of 2018.  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?

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

On the submission form, check boxes for each school or college that you have members in, AND the box for interdisciplinary collaborations.

What if I am an undecided major?

Just check that box on the submission page.

 

Check out the Submission Page