The Idea Challenge has concluded for this season. Please check back in December 2021 for next year's event details. In the meantime, please join the fall DifferenceMaker Kickoff Event and two College-based Competitions.
Due to COVID-19, the Annual DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge will be conducted in a live virtual format. Please register for the 2021 DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and join us to cheer on our UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker student teams as they compete for $50,000 in funding and share their solutions to real-world problems. A panel of UMass Lowell alumni judges will ask questions, provide feedback, and determine the final prizes. This event is for students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members, and entrepreneurs.
DifferenceMaker® $50K Idea Challenge Online Registration
If you have any questions, please email: DifferenceMaker@uml.edu.
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DifferenceMaker will be hosting the Ninth Annual DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge this spring 2021. 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 education, 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 solutions and strategies for addressing these timely social and business challenges.
If you have creative and 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 entering the 2021 $50,000 Idea Challenge. All student teams will receive guidance and coaching in refining their concept and presentation.
The DifferenceMaker $50,000 Idea Challenge awards ceremony will be held via Zoom, on April 14, 2021 from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us at our spring 2021 events to learn more!
Idea Concept Development – February to March
Preliminary Pitch Off
April 7: 5-8 p.m.
Each team will present a Power Point 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. This event is not open to the public.
Idea Challenge Finals Pitch Ceremony
April 14, 2021, 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Register for the virtual, live Zoom event
A total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. We would like to give a huge thank you to our prize category sponsors! Your support has been instrumental to the growth and success of DifferenceMaker.
For more information email: DifferenceMaker@uml.edu.