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About the Office of Innovation & Workforce Development

The Office of Innovation and Workforce Development offers students and faculty of all disciplines the opportunity to work together to develop innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to the major problems facing our community, the region and the world. The Office hosts several programs that encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship among UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader community in which we live.

The goal of the Office is to aid the development of an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset among UMass Lowell students, faculty, graduates, and community members so they, in turn, can solve the very complex problems facing our community and society in this 21st century.


Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP).

The APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Universities program recognizes institutions for exemplary, innovative, and sustainable efforts in economic engagement by those who have received the IEP University designation. The designation identifies institutions working to advance the engagement and economic well-being of their states, regions, and the nation through a variety of efforts. Designees have worked through an intensive process of institutional self-study and engagement with stakeholders to identify the strengths of the university’s economic engagement enterprise as well as areas for growth and improvement.

Learn more about APLU.