The UMass Lowell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship recognizes the need for students, faculty & staff to engage in both innovation and entrepreneurship. Through the center, the university has introduced a range of activities geared towards expanding our students', faculty and staffs' understanding of how they can engage in research, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship & new ventures.
There are three major initiatives that fall under the Center:
DifferenceMaker Program sponsors specific programs and activities that support students in solving big problems through innovative and entrepreneurial action.
UMass Lowell's New Venture Initiative (NVI) is a model for University cultivation of startup activity. NVI provides a path for University-owned innovation to become a startup. Enhanced mechanisms, support and resources for external startups seeking to partner with the University are also available through NVI.
The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is a lifeline for the state’s smaller medical device companies, offering inventors and executives easy, affordable, and coordinated access to world-class researchers and resources at the Lowell and Worcester campuses of the University of Massachusetts.