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.

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

Attend DifferenceMaker Demo Day

Are you interested in being a mentor or learning more about DifferenceMaker? Join Demo Day! 2024 teams completed the Summer Boot Camp where they developed their business model, discovered their customers, and furthered their ideas. They will present their new improved ideas at Demo Day!

Register to attend Demo Day today:

DifferenceMaker Event Registration

Student standing on stage at a DifferenceMaker event.

Check out the 2024 50K Idea Challenge Teams

Learn more about creative real-world solutions current DifferenceMaker teams are pursuing!

Check out the 2024 Award-winning teams:

2024 Idea Challenge Final Awards

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:

DifferenceMaker Event Registration

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

Support DifferenceMaker

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