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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.

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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. 

  • AUG
    21

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • AUG
    23

    DifferenceMaker Design Sprint Workshop

    3:00 PM
  • AUG
    26

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • AUG
    28

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • AUG
    30

    Design Sprint Workshop for DifferenceMaker teams 

    9:00 AM
  • SEP
    25

    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.

    RSVP to DifferenceMaker@uml.edu.

    We hope to see you there!

    5:30 PM
  • OCT
    16

    DifferenceMaker is a campus-wide program that supports UMass Lowell students from all disciplines in creating sustainable solutions to problems that matter around our region and our future. The program offers UMass Lowell students a vibrant physical entrepreneurial working space called DifferenceMaker Central, access to our alumni and friends through our Mentor Program and events, problem solving and team building, funding through college-based competitions and annual Idea Challenge, and much more.

    The goal of this Annual DifferenceMaker Celebration is to connect, network and share our DifferenceMaker experiences, both as students and alumni. Please join us for dinner, panel presentations, a guest speaker and more!

    Please RSVP by Oct. 9th to DifferenceMaker@uml.edu

    We hope you can make it!

    5:30 PM
  • DEC
    03

    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!

    Questions? DifferenceMaker@uml.edu

    6:00 PM

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