DifferenceMakerTM is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Jacquie Moloney with Brian and Kim Rist at the opening of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute

Thank you Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

  • $7 Million

    Raised By Teams

  • 40

    Companies Formed By Teams

  • 14

    Teams Patents Filed or Issued

Three students and a professor hold an enlarged check for the People's Choice Winner at UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker competition

Join DifferenceMaker at the Final College-Competitions!

DCU/Manning Innovation Contest

  • Date/Time: Dec. 1; 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Saab Center, Perry Atrium, North Campus

Register to attend the final Innovation Contest today!

Engineering Prototyping Competition

  • Date/Time: Dec. 6; 6-9 p.m.
  • Location: University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260
Student standing on stage at a DifferenceMaker event

Check-out the 2022 $50K Idea Challenge Winning Teams!

Ten finalist teams received a portion of $50,000 in funding at the 10th Annual Idea Challenge.

Learn more about the winning teams.

Learn more about the event.

Are you a DifferenceMaker?

Do you have an idea? Do you see a problem you want to solve? Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world? Do you want to join a team and work with other students? Sound like you?

Get involved with DifferenceMaker

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Gifts at any level make a direct impact on thousands of UMass Lowell students and faculty every day.