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College Competitions

College Competitions

The Rist DifferenceMaker® Institute co-sponsors and supports college competitions that emerge from the program each year. Currently, there are two College Competitions taking place this fall 2020.

Digital Federal Credit Union and Manning School of Business Innovation Contest

This contest is open to all UMass Lowell students.

  • DifferenceMaker, the Manning School of Business and Digital Federal Credit Union hosts the DifferenceMaker DCU Manning School of Business Innovation Contest each fall semester. This year the event will take place virtually!
  • This Innovation Contest seeks UMass Lowell students who may have a cutting-edge banking and/or financial innovation which will help drive the future success in the banking industry.
  • At last year's contest, 5 teams pitched at the final contest and the First Place Prize of $500 per team member was awarded to team Cash Forward - an application that helps users invest to their future. They received $1,800 in cash prizes!

Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition

This competition is open to all UMass Lowell students, however, each team needs to have at least one student on it from the Francis College of Engineering.

  • DifferenceMaker and the Francis College of Engineering hosts a Differencemaker Prototyping Competition each fall semester. This year the event will take place virtually!
  • The Prototyping Competition seeks ideas that can be turned into real products. This competition assists students in thinking about an idea and actually building it into a reality.
  • At last year's competition (2019), 24 teams participated in the competition and the First Place Award of $2,500 was awarded to team Concussion Sensor - a sports helmet that helps limit and detect concussions.