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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.

Take a Peek Inside

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. 

All DifferenceMaker Events

  • JUL
    DifferenceMaker Demo Day
    5:30 PM

    The 2018 Idea Challenge winning teams just completed the DifferenceMaker summer Boot Camp! They worked hard to develop their business models, discover their customers, and  more! Please come and see their new and improved ideas at this year's Demo Day!

    Now, they need the help and guidance of mentors to get them to the next level. 

    Are you interested in mentoring a team? or attending the event to learn more? 

    Please RSVP to:

    Food will be served.

  • OCT
    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 for RSVP information.