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Manning School/DCU Innovation

2018 DCU / Manning School of Business Innovation Contest


This competition has ended for 2018. Please check back in Sept. 2019.

Supported by Digital Federal Credit Union and UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business and The DifferenceMaker® Program.


Have a "BIG" idea that could make a difference? Tell us about it!

  • Top Prize of $500 per team member!
  • Finalist - $100 per team member!

We want to hear your cutting-edge banking and financial innovations which could drive our future success in the industry. Possible focus areas include:

  • Mobile Technology Solutions
  • Future Payment Solutions
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Small Business Solutions
  • Payday Lending Alternatives
  • Are you up to the challenge? We think you are!!

Important Dates  

  • Registration Opens - September 24, 2018
  • EXTENDED Registration Closes - October 28, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Executive Summary Due - November 13, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Finalists Announced - November 15, 2018 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists Meeting with Jim Regan, CEO DCU - November, 19, 2018 between 5-7 p.m.
  • Final Competition Day - December 4, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. (University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260B)


Register Online

Each team must submit their project title, 1 paragraph project description and team member names.

More Information  

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Contact Us  

Questions? Please email:

2018 Winner 

  • Project Title: Chip Away
  • Description: An application that provides a service that allows employers and employees to put money away specifically for the purpose of paying down student loans and tuition.
  • Team Members: William C. Fulbrook Hanna, George Le, Peter Maitland and Hannah J. Wright
  • Total Funds Awarded: $2,400

Thank you TO THE Judges!

The 2018 judges were Jim Regan '88, President and CEO of Digital Federal Credit Union, Vasilios Roussos, Managing Director of DCU's Fintech Innovation Center, and Michelle Silveira '91, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union.