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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. 

  • DEC
    17

    As part of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute, finalist student teams will pitch-off at the DCU Manning School of Business Innovation Contest on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Saab Center, Perry Atrium. Please join us to support these students as they pitch their creative and innovative banking and finance ideas to a panel of distinguished judges. 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
  • JAN
    29

    Join us for the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute Idea Challenge Kick-off Event!

    Please join us for our 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge Kick-off Event on Wednesday, January 29! This event will take place from 5:30-7pm in the Saab Center, Perry Atrium, on North Campus.

    You will learn more about DifferenceMaker and the $50,000 Idea Challenge; meet real-life DifferenceMaker student teams; meet faculty and staff that can help you further your idea and turn it into a reality; build up a team with other students; share your ideas; and meet new people through a fun interactive ideation activity. Food will be served.

    RSVP to DifferenceMaker@uml.edu.

    We hope to see you there!

    5:30 PM
  • FEB
    18

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. This first workshop (Identifying Problems) will help you identify problems you want to solve. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team, and you will have the chance to brainstorm your ideas.

    Location: Lydon Library, North Campus, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • FEB
    20

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. This second workshop (Assessing Opportunities and Value Propositions) will help you research and uncover the opportunities associated with the problems you want to solve. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team.

    Food will be served.

    Location: Lydon Library, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • FEB
    24

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. This third workshop (Developing Business Models) will teach you how to develop and use the business model canvas to further your idea. You will also have the chance to meet students, faculty and staff which will help you build your team.

    Food will be served.

    Location: Lydon Library, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • FEB
    27

    Come join us at our DifferenceMaker Workshop Series. This series will help prep you for the 2020 $50,000 Idea Challenge. The last workshop (Delivering your Rocket Pitch) will teach you how to develop and verbally pitch your 5-minute presentation to judges. 

    Food will be served.

    Location: Lydon Library, Room 110

    Time: 5:30-7:30pm

    5:30 PM
  • APR
    15

    Please join us at The Rist DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge!

    Come cheer on our UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker student teams at the 2020 Annual $50,000 Idea Challenge Finals. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Moloney Hall, Room 260, University Crossing.

    The field has been narrowed down from a diverse and competitive pool of applications to just 10 teams who will pitch their ventures to a panel of alumni judges.

    The evening will begin with poster presentations by the finalist teams, as well as student teams who participated in the Preliminary Pitch-off. The finalist teams will then present a series of 5-minute pitches to the panel of judges. Lastly, the judges will deliberate and give away $50,000 in prize money and services to the 11 teams, which includes a Fan Favorite prize. 

    5:00 PM

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