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FAHSS Creative Venture

Creative Venture Competition

This year's FAHSS Creative Venture Competition will kick off on September 28, 2016 when registration opens. The competition is sponsored by the Fine Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Department and The DifferenceMaker Program. To learn more, follow these links:

 The Competition

The Creative Venture Competition (CVC) seeks to support UMass Lowell students as they begin to explore and pursue entrepreneurial career opportunities, as well as leverage and highlight the entrepreneurial spirit and creative abilities of UMass Lowell students. The goal of the competition is to encourage creativity and to promote the process of thinking from concept to delivery required to plan and launch a potential program, product or service. 

CVC seeks to support UMass Lowell students as they begin to explore and pursue entrepreneurial career opportunities. According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) of leading employers the top five skills hiring managers (from places like Chevron, IBM and Seagate) look for in a recent college graduate are:

  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to communicate verbally within your team and to external audiences
  • Ability to plan and organize
  • Ability to process information

CVC is going to help students enhance these skill sets to better prepare them for a competitive job market. The program will help them prepare to start their own venture. CVC will help students solve problems. Whether they start their own company or seek a job with a strong employer, the competition will help them succeed.

Not everyone will win but everyone participating in CVC will learn.

If you have creative ideas for a viable product, service or program capable of delivering a tangible social benefit or launching a new business venture, please consider forming a student team; develop a proposal and enter the Competition.


  • The FAHSS CVC is open to students (graduate or undergraduate) from across the University consisting of two or more individuals with one individual being a student within FAHSS. 
  • Students are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams, meaning students from different majors can work together as a team in developing the Proposal, so students from other Colleges at the University may be on the submitting team of students. However, FAHSS students must take a substantial role in developing, presenting and implementing the Proposal.

 More Information

Application and Executive Summary


  • 1st place team $5,000 scholarship award

 Important Dates

  • Registration Opens - Sept. 28, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • Registration Deadline - Oct. 31, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • Workshop - Nov. 5, 2016
  • Executive Summary Due - Nov. 9, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • Final Competition Day - Dec. 8, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.


  • Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.
  • O'Leary Library 222, South Campus
  • Finalists will present their Business or Non-Profit Enterprise plan with additional details to the same Judging Committee
  • The winners and amounts will be announced at the conclusion of the presentations in the Final Round


For more information contact the FAHSS Assistant Dean

 2016 Winner

  • Project Title: LoreBooks
  • Description: A program that allows writers to publish stories using the HoloLens as 3D holograms. 
  • Team Members: Alan Foster, Hannah St. George, Sean Berube, Nathaniel Cowing, and Nicole Nachef
  • Total Funds Awarded: $5,000

Thank you TO THE 2016 Judges!