DifferenceMaker Central


If you have an idea, enjoy thinking creatively and innovatively, want to solve a problem, start a new business or make a difference...DifferenceMakers is for YOU! All students are welcomed to make a difference at UMass Lowell, make a difference in the community and make a difference in society.

Through the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the University is introducing a range of activities that help students make a difference in the world. Upcoming student activities include:

  • DifferenceMaker $35k Student Competition – See a problem? Want to solve it? Put together a UMass Lowell student team, present an innovative solution and compete for $35,000 in cash and prizes.
  • Honors DifferenceMaker Program  – In collaboration with UMass Lowell Honors Program, this concerted effort to embed elements of social entrepreneurship in our Honors Program includes coursework and community-based student efforts.
  • Freshman Make A Difference  – In collaboration with UMass Lowell Orientation, Student Activities and Leadership and Residence Life Offices, this a year-long effort aims to engage freshmen in solving local and regional problems through entrepreneurial action.
  • DifferenceMaker Enterprise Co-op Students – The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will recruit and sponsor DifferenceMaker Co-op students who will assist in the implementation of DifferenceMaker activities and programs.
  • Campus Catalyst Competition – The Merrimack Valley Sandbox supports student teams with innovative ideas. An initial grant of $500 plus support and growth opportunities are provided to the most promising projects. Learn more.
See the full list of events and activities you can get involved with.