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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

  • OCT
    10
    Annual DifferenceMaker Celebration with Ron Insana
    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. Guest speaker Ron Insana, senior business analyst and commentator on CNBC, will offer insight into the value our millennials and baby boomers each bring to the table in creatively addressing real-world problems.

  • DEC
    04
    MSB/DCU Innovation Contest
    6:00 PM

    Please join us in supporting the final student teams at this exciting pitch contest! Student teams will present their cutting-edge banking and financial application innovations! The top prize winners will be awarded $500 per team member! 

    Jim Regan (class of '88), CEO of DCU will be present, as well as other DCU representatives. Please come network and support this event. 

    If you can only stop by for a portion of the event, please do! Food and drinks will be served.

    Questions? DifferenceMaker@uml.edu