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Through the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, along with affiliated faculty and other campus programs, the university has introduced a range of activities geared toward expanding our students' understanding of how they can make a difference in the world.

The DifferenceMaker program sponsors specific programs and activities that support students in solving big problems through innovative and entrepreneurial action.

We already know our students do make a difference, our many successful alumni are evidence of this, but rather than waiting for future graduates to discover their chosen career path, we introduce academic and extracurricular programs that specifically engage our students in innovative and entrepreneurial problem-solving.

The DifferenceMaker program provides training, mentoring and other resources to UMass Lowell students who wish to address social, environmental and economic problems in our community. In addition, our partner, Entrepreneurship for All, generously supported by the Deshpande Foundation, encourages the development of entrepreneurial ventures and leaders through competitions and leadership training programs.

The DifferenceMaker Program Explained was presented at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Conference in March 2013.

Take a Peek Inside

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Check out a 360-degree photo of DifferenceMaker Central and photos from our competitions on UMass Lowell's Virtual Tour at the Lydon Library stop. 

All DifferenceMaker Events

  • DEC
    06
    UML Student Creative Venture Competition
    6:00 PM

    Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Creative Venture Competition

    Finalist teams will pitch to a panel of alumni judges in hopes of winning a $5,000 prize! Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6-9p.m. in O'Leary Library, Room 222 on South Campus. If you can only stop by for a portion of the event, please do!

    Please join us to support these students as they pitch-off their creative and innovative ideas!

    Food and drinks will be served.

    We hope to see you there!

  • OCT
    10
    DifferenceMaker Celebration
    5:30 PM

    This Celebration is an opportunity to learn more about our student DifferenceMaker teams and other alumni judges and mentors.  The event includes a buffet dinner with DifferenceMaker students, alumni, Chancellor Moloney and University Deans and staff who support the program.

    DifferenceMaker student teams will participate in a panel discussion where they will share their thoughts regarding the program and their progress since winning funds in past competitions and DifferenceMaker judges and mentors will also share their experiences since becoming involved in DifferenceMaker. Lastly, a distinguished guest speaker will shed light on their experiences in the start-up world.

    Please contact DifferenceMaker@uml.edu for RSVP information.

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