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DifferenceMaker Central

DifferenceMaker®is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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.

DM Central

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. 

  • AUG

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • AUG

    DifferenceMaker Design Sprint Workshop

    3:00 PM
  • AUG

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • AUG

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • SEP

    Join us for the DifferenceMaker Kickoff!

    Please join us for our 2019 DifferenceMaker Kickoff Event on September 25th! This event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm in the Saab ETIC, Atrium, on North Campus.

    You will learn more about DifferenceMaker and the 3 college-based competitions; meet faculty and staff that can help you further your idea and make it into a reality; build a team with other students; share your ideas; meet real-life DifferenceMaker student team and meet new people through an interactive ideation activity; and eat, mingle and have fun.

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    We hope to see you there!

    5:30 PM
  • DEC

    Six finalist student teams will pitch-off at the DCU Manning School of Business Innovation Contest on Dec. 3, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Saab ETIC Atrium on North Campus. Please join us to support these students as they pitch their creative and innovative banking and finance ideas to a panel of judges including Jim Regan, class of '88 and CEO of DCU. The event will be emceed by Sandra Richtermeyer, Dean of the Manning School of Business.

    Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded.

    If you can only stop by for a portion of the event, please do!

    Dinner will be served, so please come hungry.

    We hope to see you there!


    6:00 PM
  • DEC

    Join us in supporting the Francis College of Engineering as student teams showcase their innovative prototypes and pitch them to alumni judges.

    Date: Dec. 4th

    Time: 4 - 8:30 p.m., If you can only stop by for a portion of the event, please do!

    Come support these students as they pitch their creative and innovative engineering ideas in hopes of winning funding to move their ideas forward.

    Prizes Include:

    ·       $2,500 award for 1st place team

    ·       $1,500 award for 2nd place team

    ·       $1,000 award for 3rd place team

    ·       $1,500 award for Best Biomedical Device, sponsored by Professor Steven McCarthy

    ·       $500 award for the people choice team (crowd voting – so we need your help!!)

    Food and drinks will be served.

    We hope to see you there!

    3:00 PM

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