DifferenceMaker Central


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

  • SEP
    2016 DifferenceMaker Kickoff
    5:30 PM

    Please join us for our Fall 2016 DifferenceMaker Kickoff Event! You will learn more about DifferenceMaker and the Idea Challenge; meet faculty and staff that can help you further your idea and make it a reality; build a team with other students; share your ideas and meet new people; and eat, mingle and have fun. Please email DifferenceMaker@uml.edu with questions.

  • DEC
    Creative Venture Competition Finals
    6:00 PM

    Creative Venture Competition Finals

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