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Manning School/DCU Innovation

Differencemaker DCU / Manning School of Business Innovation Contest

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Application extended to Nov. 1!

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Overview

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

  • Top Prize of $500 in cash per team member!
  • Each Finalist - $100 in cash 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:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • 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: Sept. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. Register to attend the Kick-off event: Coming Soon.
  • Application Registration Opens: Sept. 22 at 5 p.m.
    • Each team must be officially registered into the contest by sending an email to UMLinnovations@dcu.org on or before the deadline (Oct. 22, 2021). This includes identifying the team name, team members, and a brief summary of the planned entry (maximum of one paragraph). This should provide a very high level description of the area being focused on by your team. It is understood that specifics will not have been worked out at this point.
  • Application extended to Nov. 1!
  • Executive Summary Due: Nov. 10, by 5 p.m.
    • Teams must submit entry by November 10, 2021. Teams can create their entry using any software they have access to, although all entries must be converted to a .PDF file format (under 10 MB) for submission. Please send this via email to: UMLinnovations@dcu.org.
  • Finalist Teams Announced: Nov. 18, by 5 p.m.
  • Finalist Team Meetings with DCU: November
  • Final Competition: Dec. 1, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Register to attend the final pitch event.

More Information


Contact Us

Questions? Please email: UMLinnovations@dcu.org.

2020 Winner

  • Project Title: Financial Freedom Program (FFP)
  • Description: Educating young adults on how to be financially free
  • Team Members: Amy Michelin and Craig Williams. 
  • Total Funds Awarded: $1,200 in cash!

Thank you to the 2020 judges!

  • Andrew Knaebel, Director of Information Systems Infrastructure, DCU
  • Sandesh Parulekar, Director of Information Systems Development, DCU
  • Barbara Russel, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Cap W
  • Joseph Vaillancourt, ’90, ’01, Manning School of Business, Managing Partner of Venture Enterprises, LLC and the President of Cyclyx International, Inc.