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

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

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Attend the Season Kick-off on Sept. 21!

You will learn more about DifferenceMaker, the three college-based competitions, and how to get involved. There will be networking, food, and a hands-on activity. Please join DifferenceMaker!

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Saab Center, Perry Atrium, North Campus; 40 University Avenue, Lowell, MA.

Register for Kick-off

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

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Nick Jarek
    Digital Media

    A summer co-op job with the DifferenceMaker program gave Nick Jarek a wider lens on his future career.

  • Cleidir Mendes

    A series of mentors helped Cleidir Mendes thrive at UML — and land a job at Fidelity Investments.

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