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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

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

  • APR
    DifferenceMaker Freshmen Seminar - Final Pitch!
    9:00 AM

    Come listen to and support the Freshmen Business Seminar students, as they pitch their creative ideas! They have worked on these projects all semester! This event will be hosted by Dr. Steven Tello, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. All winning teams will receive a prize!

    Best of luck to everyone.

    This event is mandatory for all Freshmen DifferenceMaker Seminar Students.

    If you have any questions, please email

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