Idea Challenge Application
The UMass Lowell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be hosting the Seventh Annual DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge this spring 2019. The goal of the Idea Challenge is to engage UMass Lowell students in creative and innovative problem solving around major issues that affect our region and our future.
Student teams will be asked to develop real solutions to real problems. They will then be coached and guided to present a concept proposal for a needed service, product or business that addresses a real world challenge such as climate change, access to health care, support for the arts, cyber security, regional unemployment, etc.
$50,000 in prizes will be awarded to UMass Lowell student teams that present the best ideas and strategies for addressing these timely social and business challenges.
If you have innovative ideas for solving these types of problems, or want to work with others to try to figure this out, please consider forming a student team and enter the 2019 $50K Idea Challenge. All student teams will receive guidance and coaching in refining their concept and final presentation.
The DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge awards ceremony will be held at University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260, on April 24, 2019 from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us at our spring 2019 events to learn more!
Idea Concept Development – Feb. to March
Preliminary Pitch Off
April 10: 12:30 - 6 p.m.
Open to the public 5-6 p.m.
Location: O'Leary Library, 1st Floor, South Campus
Each team will present a PPT presentation pitch describing their problem and proposed solution before a panel of alumni judges. Each presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the judges. Then, the finalists for the 2018 $50K Idea Challenge, on April 24 will be selected and announced.
Idea Challenge Finals Pitch Ceremony
April 24, 2019, 5 - 8:30 p.m.
University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260
A total of $50K in prizes will be awarded.
For more information contact: DifferenceMaker@uml.edu.