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Manning School/DCU Innovation

2019 Differencemaker DCU/Manning School of Business Innovation Contest


Due to inclement weather, the final presentation event will be rescheduled in the spring 2020 semester. Please stay tuned.

Supported 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  

  • Kick-off Event - September 25, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saab ETIC, Perry Atrium, North Campus
  • Registration Opens - September 25, 2019
  • Registration Closes - EXTENDED to Friday, Nov. 1!
  • Executive Summary Due - November 12, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists Announced - November 18, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Finalists Meeting with Jim Regan, CEO DCU - TBA
  • Final Competition Day - December 3, 2019 from 6-8:30 p.m., Saab ETIC, Perry Atrium


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.